Harding was injured with about four minutes to play in the first period on a collision with Chicago's Jonathan Toews. Trainers came out to examine him, but he remained in the game and finished the first period.
But backup Darcy Kuemper came out to start the second period. Kuemper played in six games this season, but spent most of the year with the Wild's AHL affiliate in Houston. He went 1-2 with a 2.08 goals-against average for the Wild.
Harding started the first four games of these playoffs only after starter Niklas Backstrom was injured in warm-ups before Game 1. The Wild did not immediately announce Harding's status.
We have no doubt how he can play. You don't, with four teams that are left, you're not getting here without good goaltending. All great goalies left, and [Bishop] is a top-tier goaltender in this league and he's shown it.
— Lightning coach Jon Cooper on goalie Ben Bishop, who shut out the Rangers in Game 5