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Wild's Harding leaves with upper-body injury

Tuesday, 12.06.2011 / 11:00 PM / News

By Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE, Calif. Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding suffered an upper-body injury just 1:11 into the opening period of Tuesday night's game against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion.

Harding was inadvertently hit in the head by teammate Nick Schultz. Schultz was tied up with Sharks forward Joe Pavelski, who was rushing the net, just left of the crease. When Schultz made contact, Harding’s head appeared to snap backward.

After being hit, Harding went prone on the ice. He eventually got on his hands and knees while a trainer examined him. After a few minutes, he headed off to the dressing room.

Harding was replaced by 21-year-old Matt Hackett, who is appearing in his first NHL game. He is the nephew of former Sharks goalie Jeff Hackett.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game