Scoreboards don’t grade on a curve.

We can.

We can recognize that while Josh Harding will go down as the losing goaltender in the Wild’s 2-1 loss to Chicago at the United Center on Tuesday night, he was the most remarkable player on the ice.

Three months since his last NHL start, at the end of a season in which he revealed he had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, circumstances thrust Harding into a role almost as unusual as that of a convalescing professional hockey player.

Suddenly, people were referring to him as the Wild’s “healthy’’ goaltender.

When Niklas Backstrom collapsed while warming up Tuesday night, Harding, the Wild backup, found himself starting in an NHL game for the first time since Jan. 30, when he allowed two goals on four shots to the Blackhawks and got benched.

He found himself starting in Game 1 of the Wild’s first playoff series since 2008.

Starting in an arena that can leave you deaf even if you keep your nerve.

Starting at the end of a season in which MS forced him to miss a couple of months, leading hockey writers to nominate him for the Masterton Trophy, which honors players who show exemplary perseverance.

Tuesday night, in his first NHL playoff start, he persevered. He stopped 35 of the heavily-favored Blackhawks’ 37 shots, giving the Wild plenty of time to pull an upset before Bryan Bickell slipped the puck past him with 3:25 left in the first overtime.

“It’s pretty remarkable,’’ said teammate Kyle Brodziak. “I don’t even want to begin to guess on the ups and downs he’s had to face in his life.

“Everybody in here is very proud of him and at the same time we’re very confident in his abilities.’’