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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

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Wild's Harding leaves with upper-body injury
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.
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.
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