ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The simple fact that Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding was able to suit up for Game 1 of a Western Conference Quarterfinal series Tuesday against the Chicago Blackhawks could be considered a minor miracle.
His 35-save effort, considering the circumstances, is nothing short of astounding.
Harding's story began this past summer. As September drew to a close, Harding didn't feel right during workouts and when he would skate. His vision was clouded with dots and the pain in his neck and back wouldn't go away.
A visit to the doctor revealed Harding had multiple sclerosis, a diagnosis Harding revealed publicly just after Thanksgiving.