ST. PAUL, Minn. Josh Harding said he couldn't sleep well Saturday night knowing he would be in net Sunday for the Minnesota Wild in the second game of a back-to-back to open the season.
Harding has played 118 games in the NHL. Nervousness like Harding was experiencing shouldn't come from a seven-year veteran.
Sunday wasn't just any start for Harding. Sunday was his first time back as Minnesota's starting goaltender since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last summer. Earning his seventh career shutout with 24 saves in a 1-0 win against the Dallas Stars was secondary to the triumph of being back on the ice.
"It feels good right now," Harding said. "It was a long-time coming here. It's been a tough couple months here and this made it all worth it. I can't think the team enough for having my back. They made some great plays, played great out there and made my job a lot easier."
Harding wasn't sure if he would be back in this p...