ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Josh Harding spent last season rehabilitating two torn ligaments in his right knee, all the while envisioning how his first victory would develop when he returned to the ice.
A 1-0 shutout against the mighty Detroit Red Wings at home? That seemed like a stretch, even to Harding.
Harding made 36 saves and Dany Heatley scored to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 1-0 victory over the slumping Red Wings on Saturday night, giving the backup goaltender his first win since March 21, 2010.
"I didn't really think about playing Detroit twice and getting three out of four points," said Harding, who recorded his fifth career shutout.
Jimmy Howard made 19 saves for the Red Wings, who have lost four games in a row after a 5-0 start.
Heatley's goal was his third of the season for the Wild, who overcame a 36-20 deficit in shots thanks to Harding's steady play in net.
Niklas Backstrom's backup has made only two starts for the Wild this season. Both of them have come at home,...