Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 12/9/11
Matt Hackett was in his baseball cap, on the Wild bench Tuesday night, as the Minnesota Wild got ready to face off against the San Jose Sharks. Seventy-one seconds into the game his team was being outshot, 8-0, and was down 1-0, while goaltender Josh Harding lay prone on the ice after being accidentally struck on the side of his head by teammate Nick Schultz.Head coach Mike Yeo instructed his young netminder to get ready and soon thereafter Hackett was sent into action. The Wild recovered nicely to take a 2-1 lead after the first period and the youngster was a rock star in the net, as he stopped all 34 Shark shots-on-goal to preserve a mildly shocking 2-1 victory.The win was extra special for Hackett because so many of his former Houston Aero teammates are now part of the roster with the Wild."It's pretty cool and pretty special to do this with a bunch of boys from last year and this year that I played with," said Hackett, 21. "They are all great friends, and to do it behind them, it's just an unbelievable feeling."Yeo was quick to point to the success that Hackett has had in Houston as the key steppingstone along the way to allow his young goalie to make the transition to the NHL. "Last year Matt was a key fixture for our team as we advanced in to the Calder Cup Finals," Yeo noted. "He has played in tight games, overtime games and game sevens, and he has always been able to rise to the occasion." Harding was still dealing with the whiplash of Tuesday night's injury and Niklas Backstrom was not yet 100 percent Thursday, so Yeo and the Wild gave Hackett his first official NHL start on Thursday night in Los Angeles against the Kings. The Wild won, 4-2. After morning skate Hackett was asked about his emotions heading into his fist NHL start. "It helps to have played in San Jose the other night that's for sure," said the youngster. "I am just going to try to settle in and play my game."True to his word, Hackett turned in another terrific performance as he didn't allow a Kings goal until the 3:59 mark of the third period. By then the Wild had already built a 3-0 lead and Hackett had started his NHL career with 102 minutes and 8 seconds of shutout hockey -- not bad for a guy who just turned 21. Defenseman Marco Scandella, who scored the game-winning goal on Thursday night, was asked about his former Aero teammate after the game. "None of us who played with Matt (Hackett) in Houston last year are surprised by his two games with the Wild," said Scandella. "He is a very talented goalie and the type of guy who plays big when the pressure is on."Hackett finished with his second consecutive NHL win, while stopping 42 of the 44 L.A. Kings shots he faced. In his two appearances with the Wild he has stopped an amazing 76 of 78 for a .974 save percentage.The Wild will now travel to Phoenix to play the Coyotes on Saturday night. FS-North will have all the action covered with Wild Live presented by Century Link starting at 6:30 p.m. CST.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Russell Westbrook posterizes DeMarcus Cousins to seal win

Tampa Bay Lightning trade star goaltender Ben Bishop to the LA Kings in surprise deal

Divac makes bold promise after trading DeMarcus Cousins

Popovich praises Magic, wishes him well with Lakers

Report: Andrew Bogut likely to join Cavs after buyout

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Broncos expected to 'at least discuss' Romo

Report: Raiders don't expect to keep Latavius Murray

Report: Josh Hamilton needs another knee operation

Ball's father says comment about Lakers was misquoted

Revis hints he is open to taking significant pay cut

Several NBA executives have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker