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Kuemper shuts door against Red Wings to record first NHL win

Wild goalie found out he was starting during the warm-up
Reported by François Biber
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In his second start in the National Hockey League, Saskatoon’s own Darcy Kuemper recorded his first win with the Minnesota Wild, shutting the door against the Detroit Red Wings and winning 3-2.

“Just getting that win was unbelievable, and to be able to do it in front of the home crowd, to have them cheering for us was an awesome feeling and something I’ll always remember,” said Kuemper.

Coming off of his first start with the Wild on Feb. 12 against Vancouver, Kuemper continued to travel with the team while Regina-native Josh Harding was off receiving treatment for Multiple Sclerosis.

Kuemper got his second chance between the pipes on Sunday. He said he found out during warm-up.

“(Niklas) Backstrom got sick so it was about five minutes left in the warm-up that I was told I was playing,” said Keumper, adding it was too sudden and quick to even feel nervous.

Despite giving up two goals, one in the first period and one in the opening minute of the second period, Kuemper shut the door after that, making 29 saves as the Wild came back to win 3-2.

Kuemper was also named the second star of the game, and his phone was flooded with messages congratulating him on his victory.

“Right after that final buzzer went everyone on the team came and congratulated me and I had a whole bunch of messages from friends and family back home on my phone after the game,” said Kuemper.

The Wild are off for a couple of days before heading to Edmonton to face the young Oilers team on Feb. 21.

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