Harding backstops Wild to 3-1 victory over San Jose

  • Article by: Michael Russo , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 9, 2013 - 6:50 AM

The Wild, in turn, could manage only 13 shots, but Zach Parise scored twice. The team improved to 13-3-2 at home.

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siouxchampDec. 8, 13 7:45 PM

Just another solid win against a TOP NHL team. Wasn't this Wild team suppose to tank the month of December? uh-huh.

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jusdfaxDec. 8, 13 7:54 PM

What game did you watch. 13 shots on goal and were outplayed all night. Had it not been for Harding, this game would not have been close. Harding has been the star for this team and if they think they are going to get many wins giving up 37 shots and only getting 13...AT HOME, you are dead wrong. This was not as bad as the Columbus stinker, but only the outcome was better tonight. Sometimes you have to go beyond the final score to access a teams play. Tonight, it was an easy assessment...they got thoroughly outplayed but thanks to Josh, they won.

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ericeric22Dec. 8, 13 8:10 PM

Glad they won because they have a brutal 5 game stretch upcoming...

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rjr2205Dec. 8, 13 8:21 PM

Glad they won!!! 13 shots is not enough to generate wins, but there have been more than a few games in which they outshot the opponents and yet lost!! Sadly unless Harding is in net, in other words Backstrom goes in, we're screwed!! Clearly the Wild are on the right track and if we can dump some dead weight and pick up some scoring, many fun years to come!!! GO WILD!!!!

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yathinksoDec. 8, 13 8:50 PM

LOL...I sure hope the Solid Win comment was tongue in cheek, because if the Wild play like this the next half dozen games, they may find themselves rolling in losses. Pure speculation, but if Backstrom was in net today, I bet the Wild would have lost. How can a team only manage 12 shots on goal at home. Okay...13 but that last shot was an empty net goal.

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Spike1Dec. 8, 13 9:16 PM

Need to get a backup goalie that can do more than give up 3 goals a game is we don't wear out Harding!!

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crazyhorse89Dec. 8, 1310:15 PM

A win is a win.... I would rather read people whining after a win than a loss

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caferevDec. 8, 1310:31 PM

While I'm glad we won, the Wild really had no right to win this game. And so goes the Mike Yeo-era saga where this team has a nice stretch of 15-20 games in which it looks like a decent team, then it settles into this passive, defensive style of play that generates next to no offense. Why must we endure this as Wild fans? All across this state, from youth to high school to college, from girls to boys and women to men, we emphasize offense in the State of Hockey. But not with this organization. We're permanently stuck in the 1995 Jacque Lemaire NJ Devils mode of laying back...and laying back...and laying back...looking for that lucky break against superior opponents. Man, I'd much rather be good than lucky, and getting out-shot 40-15 every night, like the decade-plus, just isn't going to move this team forward. We in the State of Hockey deserve more than this. Hey, Mike, let's get this team back to what they were doing the first 17 games or so and work from there...because playing like we have the past two games isn't even going to get us the the playoffs. This was an awful game to watch, even if they did win.

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sage62Dec. 9, 13 7:22 AM

SJ played well and had a ton of shots, but very few quality scoring chances. Josh was beast, but the Wild converted their chances. No apologies necessary.

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dirtydogsDec. 9, 13 7:47 AM

Keep playing like that boys, and I don't care if Harding stands on his head. You will be making early tee times. You don't play good hockey and the opposing goalie only faces 12 shots. It seemed to me as if the past couple of games the Wild lack intensity and aggressiveness. What happened to the team that earlier this year was close to leading the league in shot differential? Please don't tell me Yeo has changed his teams playing style.

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