Harding played this season after being diagnosed with MS during the offseason.
Harding left Game 4 on Tuesday following a collision with Chicago's Jonathan Toews late in the first period. Harding's legs got straddled around the left post when Toews landed on top of him in the crease.
Harding was injured with about four minutes to play in the first period on a collision with Chicago's Jonathan Toews. Trainers came out to examine him, but he remained in the game and finished the first period.
Harding was limited to just five games this season following a multiple sclerosis diagnosis last summer, and he hadn't started one since facing Chicago on Jan. 30. "Phenomenal," coach Mike Yeo said. "It's hard to sit here and try to paint an accurate picture of what he's gone through, because I have no idea, we have no idea. He's a guy that, certainly, for many reasons you're rooting for."
Harding hasn't played since Feb. 7, when he soon after developed complications from medication he was taking for multiple sclerosis. Harding was diagnosed with the disease last summer, but he reported no initial problems and posted a 24-save shutout in his 2013 debut on Jan. 20 against Dallas.
Coach Mike Yeo made the bold move of pulling Harding a mere 6 minutes, 45 seconds into the game. He faced only four shots. "It's not a decision I'm sitting here feeling good about," Yeo said.
It was his first start since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
MS symptoms can include problems with balance, vision and fatigue. The 28-year-old Harding told the Star Tribune he plans to keep playing. Diagnosed two months ago, Harding resumed on-ice workouts two weeks ago without trouble. Harding signed a three-year, $5.7 million contract this summer. He played in a career-high 34 games last season.
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