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Wild Add Zuccarello, Hartman As GM Seeks More ‘Hardness’
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=894880 The Minnesota Wild zeroed in on Mats Zuccarello as free agency approached, desiring his competitive drive and playmaking skills for a top-six forward group in need of a new look.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild zeroed in on Mats Zuccarello as free agency approached, desiring his competitive drive and playmaking skills for a top-six forward group in need of a new look.
With a five-year, $30 million contract the right wing agreed to Monday when the market opened, Zuccarello has given the Wild another thirtysomething core player on a major deal. Even following their first postseason absence in seven years, though, general manager Paul Fenton was noticeably upbeat about the makeup of his roster.
“You’ve got to have a team that you’re going to field and let these young guys grow with it, so to me it’s just an insulation,” Fenton said, adding: “He doesn’t have a ton of miles on him if you really look at it. He’s been a healthy player.”
For the fourth line, the Wild also agreed on a two-year, $3.8 million contract with right wing Ryan Hartman, who was not tendered a qualifying offer by Dallas last week. That’ll probably be the extent of the summer maneuvering, Fenton said, with the post-injury recoveries of center Mikko Koivu (knee) and defenseman Matt Dumba (shoulder) now the most important developments leading into training camp.
Zuccarello has 355 points in 511 regular season games, including a combined 12 goals and 28 assists in 48 games for the New York Rangers and the Stars in 2018-19. The 31-year-old has 42 points in 73 career playoff games. The 5-foot-8, 184-pound native of Oslo who is one of only eight players in NHL history born in Norway, according to online database Hockey Reference, played his first eight-plus seasons with the Rangers.
In his first appearance with the Stars, Zuccarello registered a goal, an assist, and a broken right arm suffered while blocking a shot. He needed surgery and missed 17 games. Returning in April, Zuccarello had four goals and seven assists in 13 postseason contests for the Stars, who took eventual Stanley Cup champion St. Louis to seven games in the Western Conference semifinals.
“The way that this guy competes is going to be contagious for our team,” Fenton said, adding: “I would like our team to play with a little more hardness and passion and excitement, and I think he’ll not only do it himself, but he’ll bring people along with him.”
With left wing Zach Parise, defenseman Ryan Suter, Zuccarello and Koivu, four of the Wild’s top six salary cap charges this season will be carried by players 31 and older, but Zuccarello categorized himself as an “in-between” guy on a team grooming an under-23 core of forwards Jordan Greenway, Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek.
Zuccarello, a self-described “hockey nerd,” was eager to immerse himself in a hockey-savvy market with a conveniently significant amount of residents with Norwegian heritage. He could also form a uniquely alliterative first line flank with Jason Zucker around veteran center Eric Staal.
The Wild scored just 210 goals last season, the fifth-fewest in the league.
“It’s a really good mixture of players, and I think hopefully with the pieces we got this summer we can be a contender,” Zuccarello said.
Jaroslav Halak Stops 26 Shots As Bruins Beat Wild 3-0
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=878541 Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 47th of his career, and the short-handed Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Thursday night.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jaroslav Halak made 26 saves for his fifth shutout of the season and 47th of his career, and the short-handed Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Thursday night.
Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak and Zach Senyshyn scored for Boston.
Halak, who has split time with Tuukka Rask in goal for Boston this season, was rarely challenged by a Minnesota team that was shut out for the 10th time this season and seventh on its home ice.
The Bruins rested several regulars, including Zdeno Chara, David Krecji, Brad Marchand and Charlie McAvoy since they are locked into the second spot in the Atlantic Division behind Tampa Bay.
Alex Stalock stopped 32 shots for Minnesota, which has lost nine times in its past 13 games and was eliminated from playoff contention on Tuesday. The Wild are 3-8-4 at home since the All-Star break and the 10 shutouts this season are tied for the second most in franchise history, and the most since 2002-03, the franchise’s third year in existence.
A game that didn’t mean anything for either team didn’t feature much action until Nordstrom broke the scoreless stretch midway through the second period.
Boston defenseman Matt Grzelcyk sent in a shot that went wide of the goal and bounced off the end boards where forward Noel Acciari astutely tipped the puck out to the front of the net. Nordstrom was wide open in front and sent a quick shot past Stalock for his seventh goal of the season.
Pastrnak and Senyshyn scored 36 seconds apart with less than three minutes remaining. It was Pastrnak’s team-leading and career-high 38th goal. Senyshyn, the 15th-overall pick in the 2015 draft by Boston, was making his NHL debut and capped the scoring with an empty-netter.
NOTES: Krecji had been the only Boston player to play in every game this season, and he had played in 125 straight games. Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters Thursday that Zach Parise won’t play in the final two games. Parise (illness) returned from missing four games with a lower-body injury to score two goals on Tuesday. Wild F Nico Sturm made his NHL debut after the college free agent had signed on Monday. Sturm had 14 goals and 31 assists during his recently finished junior season at Colgate. Bruins D Kevan Miller left the game in the second period after awkwardly sliding into the end boards but later returned. He was knocked off his skates by Minnesota F Jordan Greenway and hit the boards with his knees. He had to be helped off the ice with a trainer.
Bruins: Wrap up the regular season on Saturday at home against Tampa Bay.
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=878065 Zach Parise scored twice in his return from injury, Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves and the Minnesota Wild kept their playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Zach Parise scored twice in his return from injury, Devan Dubnyk made 32 saves and the Minnesota Wild kept their playoff hopes alive with a 5-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets on Tuesday night.
Victor Rask, Joel Eriksson Ek and Marcus Foligno also scored for Minnesota, which entered play five points behind Colorado for eighth in the Western Conference. The Wild are in 10th place and would have been eliminated from the postseason with a loss.
Jacob Trouba scored a short-handed goal for Winnipeg, but goaltender Eric Comrie surrendered three first-period goals in his first start of the season and fifth of his career. Comrie finished with 23 saves.
The Jets have lost four of five to slip into a tie with Nashville for the lead in the Central Division. The Predators won 3-2 in Buffalo on Tuesday night. Winnipeg and Nashville each have two games remaining.
Parise, who leads Minnesota with 28 goals, missed four games with a lower-body injury, and the Wild lost three times.
It didn’t take long for Parise to show Minnesota what it missed.
Defenseman Greg Pateryn collected a loose puck behind the Jets’ goal and centered to Parise in front. Parise got a stick on the puck while tied up with a defenseman and it went flying high into the air. Comrie lost track of the shot and it fell off his back and into the goal.
Another fortunate bounce went Parise’s way three minutes later when the puck slid toward the Winnipeg goal after he tipped it in from the blue line.
Minnesota’s Eric Staal charged the puck but ended up skating over it while defended by Bryan Little. The puck slid to a streaking Parise, who beat Comrie at 12:16.
Rask scored from a wide angle with another deflection off Comrie’s back before the first intermission. Eriksson Ek made it 4-0 midway through the second with his seventh goal of the season.
Trouba scored his seventh to get the Jets on the board 16:13 into the second.
NOTES: Winnipeg forward Brandon Tanev left with an upper-body injury. Tanev has played in all 80 games this season and has 14 goals and 15 assists. Parise had first multigoal game of the season. Minnesota won each of its five meetings with Winnipeg this season.
‘Go ‘Til We Can’t Go Anymore’: Wild Still Hopeful For Playoff Berth
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=877796 With three games left in the regular season, the Wild have their backs against the wall.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — With three games left in the regular season, the Wild have their backs against the wall.
They are not mathematically eliminated yet — in fact, even if Colorado wins tonight, they still would have a remote chance of making the playoffs.
But they do know their season is on the brink, and at this point, winning is not enough. In addition to losses by Colorado, whom they trail by four points, Arizona, whom they trail by three points, also needs to lose — and lose a lot.
“It’s terrible. I mean, especially where we were almost at a point where we kind of controlled where we went, and then you drop a few games and just like that, you’re scoreboard watching and hoping teams lose. It’s not a fun spot to be in,” Zach Parise said.
The Wild’s leading scorer did return to practice today. Parise said he felt a lot better after suffering a lower-body injury, but he’ll have to see how he feels tomorrow to determine whether or not he can play.
Of course, no sense in rushing back if the Wild are already out of it.
“Obviously, the balls really have to fall in the right order, but nothing’s going to work if you don’t win three in a row,” said head coach Bruce Boudreau. “We’ll go ’til we can’t go anymore.”
Wild Move Into Playoff Position After Beating Capitals 2-1
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=876043 Luke Kunin scored the go-ahead goal with 7:35 left, Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves and the Minnesota Wild moved into playoff position by beating the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Friday night.]]> WASHINGTON (AP) — Luke Kunin scored the go-ahead goal with 7:35 left, Devan Dubnyk made 21 saves and the Minnesota Wild moved into playoff position by beating the Washington Capitals 2-1 on Friday night.
Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota, which snapped a two-game skid and leapfrogged the Arizona Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche to move into the second wild-card spot in a competitive Western Conference race. Ryan Donato assisted on the goals by Kunin and Greenway and was the Wild’s best forward in a game dominated by that second line.
Dubnyk did not have to make too many high-danger saves, but was dependable in Minnesota’s net. A sliding pad save on a one-timer by John Carlson on a Capitals power play in the second period was his most impressive stop.
Brett Connolly scored his 21st goal of the season and Braden Holtby made 25 saves for Washington, which has lost four of six. The defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals missed an opportunity to add to their lead atop the Metropolitan Division and still lead the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins by four points.
It wasn’t a masterpiece, but Minnesota needed two points in any way possible. Returning to face the team that gave him his start in the NHL, coach Bruce Boudreau knew full well that with only two games Friday night the Wild were the only ones who could gain ground after getting some help from a Coyotes loss on Thursday.
Despite losing seven of their previous nine games, the Wild remain in control of their playoff hopes with seven games remaining.
NOTES: Minnesota improved to 20-15-2 on the road. Donato’s primary assist on Greenway’s goal was the 10,000th point in Wild franchise history. Connolly has 13 points in his past 16 games. Washington’s power play went 0 for 3 with just one shot in those six minutes. Capitals D Christian Djoos returned to the lineup to replace Michal Kempny, who’s out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.
LW Carl Hagelin was a late scratch with an illness and was replaced by Chandler Stephenson. Alex Ovechkin remained two goals away from his eighth career 50-goal season.
Wild: Visit the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in Victor Rask’s first game against his former team since being traded for Nino Niederreiter.
Barkov Has Team-Record 5 Assists, Panthers Beat Wild 6-2
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=873667 Aleksander Barkov set a franchise record with five assists, and MacKenzie Weegar and Mike Matheson each scored twice as the Florida Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak.]]> SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov set a franchise record with five assists, and MacKenzie Weegar and Mike Matheson each scored twice as the Florida Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and three assists, Mike Hoffman also scored and Evgenii Dadonov added three assists. Sam Montembeault made 26 saves in his second career start for his first NHL win.
Marcus Foligno and J.T. Brown scored for the Wild, who had their eight-game point streak stopped. Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on seven shots before he was replaced by Alex Stalock to start the second period. Stalock stopped 19 shots.
Florida stretched its lead to 5-1 when Matheson scored with a wrist shot from the right circle at 17:40 of the second period. The Wild answered 15 seconds later on Foligno’s tap-in.
Matheson’s second goal came on a wraparound at 10:23 of the third and made it 6-2.
Hoffman’s one-timer from the right circle during a 5-on-3 power play gave the Panthers a 4-0 lead at 3:34 of the second.
Brown deflected a shot by Jonas Brodin into the net to make it 4-1 at 9:02 of the second.
The Panthers took a 3-0 lead on seven shots in the first period. They went up 1-0 on Huberdeau’s goal 61 seconds in. Barkov passed from behind the net to Huberdeau in front and he skipped the puck into the net.
Weegar, who had one goal in 49 games this season, scored two in a span of 1:40.
His first goal gave the Panthers a 2-0 lead when his wrist shot from the point bounced off the back of Minnesota’s Ryan Suter and across the goal line at 16:51.
Weegar stretched it to 3-0 on his second goal, a shot from the top of the right circle that got past Dubnyk at 18:31.
A potential goal by Aaron Ekblad midway through the first period was disallowed after Minnesota successfully challenged for offside. NOTES: Panthers G James Reimer returned after missing five games with a lower-body injury and backed up Montembeault. Wild C Luke Kunin was scratched with an upper-body injury sustained in Thursday’s game at Tampa Bay. Both teams were playing the second half of back-to-back games. The Wild won 3-0 at Tampa Bay and the Panthers lost 4-3 at Boston on Thursday.
Zucker, Dubnyk Lead Wild Past Lightning 3-0
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=873435 Jason Zucker scored all three of Minnesota’s goals for his first career hat trick, Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Wild beat Tampa Bay 3-0 on Thursday night to deny the Lightning a chance to become the first NHL team to clinch a playoff spot.]]> TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Zucker kept putting the puck in the net for the Minnesota Wild. And, Devan Dubnyk refused to let any get by him.
Zucker scored all three of Minnesota’s goals for his first career hat trick, Dubnyk made 25 saves for his second shutout of the season and the Wild beat Tampa Bay 3-0 on Thursday night to deny the Lightning a chance to become the first NHL team to clinch a playoff spot.
The Wild improved to 6-0-2 in their last eight games and maintained a hold on the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference playoff race, four points ahead of Colorado with 14 games remaining for both teams.
“We had some tremendous energy today and we pressured them all night long,” Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. “When you pressure any team, it’s tough to make plays. We were forechecking, we stripped pucks and I thought it was (Dubnyk’s) best game of the year.”
Andrei Vasilevskiy finished with 27 saves, but saw his 10-game winning streak snapped one game short of tying the franchise record set by Louis Domingue earlier this season.
A victory by the Lightning would have clinched a playoff spot after Columbus lost to Pittsburgh earlier Thursday night.
Tampa Bay lost for the second time in four games after a 12-0-2 stretch in the previous 14, and were shut out for the second time this season — first in regulation.
“We played a stubborn game tonight and stubborn in the sense that we didn’t manage the puck at all,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said. “When you have to play that grind-it-out game, we refused to play it tonight.”
Zucker put the Wild in front in the first period off a rush play, getting a deflection on Donato’s shot at 10:50.
Minnesota protected the lead with a strong defensive effort the rest of the way. And the rare times the Lightning produced a chance, Dubnyk was there to keep the highest-scoring team in the league off the board.
Dubnyk’s best save at 6:44 of the second period when Anthony Cirelli raced in on a breakaway chance. But Dubnyk came out with an aggressive poke check attempt and stopped the puck with his helmet to keep the Wild in the lead.
“I almost changed my mine at the end because he cut to the middle, but I already committed to it,” Dubnyk said. “It’s about timing, it’s a left-handed shot coming down that side. It helps having a 10-foot wingspan when I spread out, so if I time it properly and I’m willing to take a shin pad to the forehead it usually works.”
Zucker doubled Minnesota’s lead in the third period during a scramble in front, knocking the puck out of the air and into the vacated part of the net. The play was originally ruled no goal for being hit with a high stick. But the officials discussed the play and ruled it a legal goal before going to video review, where the goal was upheld.
Zucker completed the hat trick on an empty-netter with 1:46 left.
“I’m just trying to work hard, that’s all it is,” said Zucker, who reached the 20-goal mark for the third consecutive season and fourth in the past five. “My linemates are playing great and we’re just trying to be a cohesive unit.”
NOTES: The Wild outshot Tampa Bay 14-5 in the third period. Minnesota C Victor Rask participated in the morning skate, his first practice with the team since suffering an undisclosed lower-body injury on Feb. 12. Former Lightning RW J.T. Brown returned to Tampa for the first time since he was put on waivers last season. Brown appeared in 286 games during parts of six seasons from 2011-18. Tampa Bay trailed after the first period for just the 19 time this season in 68 games. Wild C Luke Kunin left in the second period and did not return after struggling to get to his skates following a hit from Cedric Paquette. Boudreau said after the game Kunin suffered an upper-body injury. . Wild C Eric Staal extended his scoring streak to eight games.
Johansen Sends Predators Past Wild Again, 5-4 In Shootout
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=872955 Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a shootout and the Nashville Predators beat Minnesota 5-4 on Tuesday for their second win against the Wild in three nights.]]> NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in a shootout and the Nashville Predators beat Minnesota 5-4 on Tuesday for their second win against the Wild in three nights.
Johansen also got the game-winner in the fourth round of a shootout Sunday when the Predators edged the Wild 3-2 in Minnesota. This time, he scored after Kyle Turris, Ryan Ellis and Filip Forsberg all were stopped.
Ryan Donato had one last chance, only to see Predators goalie Pekka Rinne stop his shot.
Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist. Roman Josi, Brian Boyle and Craig Smith also scored for Nashville, which clinched the season series by winning the first three games. The final matchup between the Central Division rivals is March 25 in Minnesota.
Kevin Fiala scored two goals in his first multi-goal game this season against his old team, the second forcing OT to earn the Wild a point in their seventh straight game. Pontus Aberg and Eric Fehr each scored for Minnesota, which entered in the second wild-card slot in the Western Conference.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau took his timeout with 2:22 left in regulation, and Minnesota scored off the faceoff. The puck squirted over to Fiala, who scored from the edge of the slot.
In the shootout, Fiala hit the post. Aberg also missed, and Zach Parise lost the puck before his shot for Minnesota.
This game was opposite night with the Predators’ latest trade acquisitions finally debuting in Nashville after Wayne Simmonds joined his new team a week ago in St. Louis and Mikael Granlund played his first two games on the road. And both Fiala and Anthony Bitetto played their first game back in Nashville after the Predators swapped Fiala for Granlund at the deadline.
The Predators took a 1-0 lead when Smith scored at 1:48 with a snap shot from the slot off a rebound for a 1-0 lead.
When Smith couldn’t handle the puck in the neutral zone, Fiala skated in and took it away. He skated up to the left circle and squeezed the puck between Rinne’s stick and the post for his first goal with Minnesota and 11th of the season to tie it 1-all at 15:25.
The Predators made those trades, including a deal adding Boyle on Feb. 6, to boost the NHL’s worst power-play unit. Boyle parked himself in front of goalie Devan Dubnyk on Nashville’s first man advantage of the game, and he screened Dubnyk on P.K. Subban’s snap shot from the point for a 2-1 lead at 13:38 of the second.
Aberg tied it again at 17:49 of the second, scoring off a wrister past his former teammate.
Wild forward Jason Zucker went to the locker room after a collision knocked him to the ice early in the third and later returned.
Minnesota took a 3-2 lead on Fehr’s shot from the slot off an assist from Marcus Foligno at 2:25, but it lasted only 24 seconds before Josi scored his 15th this season off a wrister.
Arvidsson put Nashville up 4-3 with the Predators’ second goal of the third period, skating up the right side and snapping off a shot from the right circle that went under Dubnyk’s right arm. The goal was Arvidsson’s 28th this season and 14th in 21 games.
NOTES: Josi tied his career high with his 15th goal. … Matt Donovan got his first point with Nashville when he assisted on Smith’s goal, the defenseman’s first point in the NHL since Dec. 11, 2014. … Nashville defenseman Yannick Weber was out with an upper-body injury.
Wild: Visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Predators: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday night.
Dubnyk Makes 35 Saves, Wild Beat Flames 4-2
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=872474 Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves Saturday, and the Minnesota Wild beat Calgary 4-2 on the night the Flames retired Jarome Iginla’s number.]]>
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves Saturday, and the Minnesota Wild beat Calgary 4-2 on the night the Flames retired Jarome Iginla’s number.
Matt Read put the Wild ahead to stay in the third period by deflecting a puck off the skate of Calgary’s Mark Jankowski and past goaltender Mike Smith.
Eric Staal, Ryan Suter and Ryan Donato also scored for Minnesota, which won its fifth straight.
Sean Monahan and Travis Hamonic scored for Calgary, which had its seven-game winning streak halted.
The Flames raised Iginla’s No. 12 to the rafters in a pre-game ceremony that lasted nearly an hour.
The Wild remain in the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, one point behind Dallas and one point ahead of Arizona. Calgary leads San Jose by five points atop the Pacific Division.
Dubnyk was the story for Minnesota, which was outshot 37-23. Making his sixth straight start, Dubnyk was especially sharp in the opening 40 minutes, when he was peppered with 28 shots. He stopped all but one and improved to 26-21-5.
Making his seventh start in nine games, Smith had 19 saves. He had his win streak stopped at five games and fell to 19-12-2.
Suter’s goal made it 3-1 at 11:07. After Hamonic cut the deficit to one at 14:29, Donato’s long shot go past Smith at 18:18 and put the game out of reach.
Donato (2-5-7) and Staal (2-5-6) extended their point streaks to five games.
Down 1-0 after the first period, Calgary evened the score with the only goal of the second.
Johnny Gaudreau found Monahan in front and he steered in the pass for his 30th goal. The 24-year-old Monahan reached 30 goals for the third time in six NHL seasons.
Minnesota opened the scoring at 3:17, when Staal one-timed a pass from Jason Zucker.
The Flames thought they had tied the score a couple minutes later when Sam Bennett cut hard to the net off the wing and had Austin Czarnik bang in his rebound. However, Bruce Boudreau challenged it for goaltender interference and upon review, the call was reversed.
Bennett caught Dubnyk’s pad with his skate and knocked the goaltender off balance.
Zucker, Eriksson Score Late, Wild Rally Past Jets 3-2
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=871726 Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson scored 26 seconds apart in the last two minutes of the third period, and the Minnesota Wild rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.]]> WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson scored 26 seconds apart in the last two minutes of the third period, and the Minnesota Wild rallied to beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.
Zucker beat a screened Connor Hellebuyck at 18:33, and Eriksson had his goal withstand a review and a goaltender interference challenge by Winnipeg at 18:59.
Brad Hunt had the other goal for Minnesota, and Devan Dubnyk made 30 saves for the Wild, who won all four games against Winnipeg this season.
Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist and Mark Scheifele also scored for the Jets, who are 1-4-1 in their last six games. Hellebuyck stopped 36 shots for Winnipeg.
After a pre-game ceremony to induct Lars-Erik Sjoberg and the late Ab McDonald into the Jets’ Hall of Fame, Scheifele kept the fans cheering.
Scheifele scored a power-play goal at 8:53 of the opening period for his first point in six games. Laine had the assist.
Hunt scored on a high shot past a screened Hellebuyck, tying the game at 11:50 of the second. But, 14 seconds later defenseman Ben Chiarot’s shot went off Laine for his 29th goal of the season.
Laine stretched his point streak to four games (four goals, two assists). He has goals in his past three games, coinciding with him playing on a line with Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. Laine hadn’t scored in 15 games before the change.
Wheeler and Kyle Connor each also recorded an assist, extending their point streaks to four games with five points apiece.
Wild forward Ryan Donato, acquired in a trade with Boston on Feb. 20, had two assists. He has points in each of his first four games with his new team (one goal, five assists).
Winnipeg played its first game without defenseman Josh Morrissey, who’s out until at least early April with an upper-body injury after being hit into the boards in last Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Arizona.
NOTES: Winnipeg picked up two blue-liners in six trades Monday. Nathan Beaulieu took Morrissey’s spot with Jacob Trouba. Defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich didn’t arrive until late Tuesday afternoon. Kevin Hayes, who was acquired from the New York Rangers, made his debut with the Jets. He played between left-winger Mathieu Perreault and Nikolaj Ehlers. Winnipeg also added forwards Matt Hendricks from the Minnesota Wild and Par Lindholm from the Toronto Maple Leafs. Both were scratched. Kevin Fiala played his first game for Minnesota after being traded from Nashville. He lined up with center Luke Kunin and left-winger Zach Parise.
Wild Win 2nd Straight Road Game, Beat Red Wings 3-2
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=871135 Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway scored in the first period, and the Minnesota Wild went on to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.]]> DETROIT (AP) — Luke Kunin and Jordan Greenway scored in the first period, and the Minnesota Wild went on to a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.
Eric Staal added a goal in the second for the Wild, who are 3-6-3 in their last 12 games but occupy the final playoff spot in the Western Conference after sweeping back-to-back road games against the Rangers and Red Wings.
Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha scored for Detroit.
The Wild took a 1-0 lead when Kunin scored on a rebound after Detroit goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped Joel Eriksson Ek’s stuff attempt. Greenway then beat Bernier from the slot to make it a two-goal game.
The Red Wings pulled within one in the second period when Bertuzzi deflected Filip Hronek’s shot past goalie Devan Dubnyk, but Staal answered with his 18th of the season, knocking a loose puck into the net during a goal-mouth scramble on a Minnesota power play.
Mantha made it 3-2 with a power-play goal with 16:54 remaining in the third. His shot may have nicked Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin on the way in.
NOTES: The Red Wings traded D Nick Jensen earlier in the day to Washington for D Madison Bowey. The teams also exchanged draft picks. Bowey was expected to arrive in the Detroit area Friday, and general manager Ken Holland said it will be up to coach Jeff Blashill to decide if Bowey will play in the team’s next game Sunday. Dubnyk nearly made a costly mistake in the first period when he ventured to the corner to play the puck. He lost possession to Detroit’s Darren Helm, who quickly shot toward the vacated net, but Mikael Granlund came over for the Wild to prevent the puck from going in.
Wild End 5-Game Slide With 4-1 Victory Over Rangers
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/21/wild-end-5-game-slide-with-4-1-victory-over-the-rangers/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/21/wild-end-5-game-slide-with-4-1-victory-over-the-rangers/#respondFri, 22 Feb 2019 03:16:13 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=870923 Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.]]> NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Minnesota Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.
Mikael Granlund and Jared Spurgeon also scored and Jordan Greenway added an empty-netter. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves for the Wild, who earned their first victory since Feb. 9 at New Jersey.
Despite their recent struggles, the Wild are still in the race for one of the final playoff spots in the Western Conference.
Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangersm and Henrik Lundqvist made 31 saves.
With Minnesota leading 2-1, Rangers defenseman Brady Skjei was tripped and Parise took the loose puck and beat Lundqvist for his team-leading 24th goal of the season at 11:03 of the third.
The Rangers then had a four-minute power play to try and get back in it but were unable to take advantage. New York had other good chances to tie it earlier in the period, but Mika Zibanejad hit the post and Ryan Strome missed an open net on a rebound a few minutes later.
The Wild retook the lead, 2-1, in the second period. Greg Pateryn wristed a shot toward the net, and Granlund, while falling to the ice, sent the rebound past Lundqvist at 8:41 for his 15th of the season.
Down 1-0 after the first period, the Rangers tied it early in the second on the power play.
Buchnevich took a pass from Tony DeAngelo at the right faceoff circle and ripped a shot that sneaked past Dubnyk for his 12th of the season at 5:06.
The Wild opened the scoring with a power-play goal.
Ryan Donato, who was acquired in a trade with Boston on Wednesday, made a nice cross-ice pass to Spurgeon, who quickly sent a pass to Eric Staal. Staal was stopped on a sprawling save by Lundqvist, but Spurgeon tapped in the rebound for his 12th goal at 15:04 of the opening period. Donato earned an assist in his debut for the Wild.
Spurgeon’s goal ended the Wild’s goal drought at more than 171 minutes. They were coming off consecutive shutouts and hadn’t scored since the second period of a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Feb. 15.
The Wild nearly made it 2-0 less than a minute later, but the goal was waived off after a review because Joel Eriksson Ek was offside on the play.
NOTES: Granlund has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past 12 games. The Wild recalled forward J.T. Brown from Iowa (AHL). … Rangers D Adam McQuaid left the game in the first period for precautionary reasons and did not return. Buchnevich has a point in four of his past five games, and he has five points (three goals, two assists) in that span. DeAngelo extended his points streak to five games (six assists). His five-game assist streak and five-game point streak are both career highs. Forward Lias Andersson, the Rangers’ first-round pick in 2017, was recalled from Hartford (AHL).
Wild: Face the Red Wings in Detroit on Friday night.
Rangers: Host the Devils in a matinee on Saturday.
Wild Trade Charlie Coyle To Bruins For Ryan Donato
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/20/wild-trade-charlie-coyle-to-bruins-for-ryan-donato/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/20/wild-trade-charlie-coyle-to-bruins-for-ryan-donato/#respondThu, 21 Feb 2019 05:25:44 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=870721 The Boston Bruins acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick that would become a fourth-round choice if the Bruins win a playoff round.]]> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Boston Bruins acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick that would become a fourth-round choice if the Bruins win a playoff round.
Coyle represents a significant forward upgrade for Boston, which has won six in a row to move into second place in the Atlantic Division.
The 26-year-old Coyle had 10 goals and 18 assists this season, but no points in his past seven games. Minnesota hasn’t scored in 156 minutes, approaching a franchise record, and has lost nine of 10.
Charlie Coyle (credit: CBS)
“Charlie brings unique qualities to our team — he is an experienced, productive, two-position player with size, skill and speed,” Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said in a statement released by the team. “Charlie will provide the necessary depth in all areas of our game as we continue to battle for a playoff position. Charlie is a player our entire organization believes can help us now and moving forward.”
The 22-year-old Donato has been unable to stick in the NHL lineup with the Bruins after joining them late last season. A star for the U.S. at the no-NHL 2018 Olympics, Donato had three goals and six assists in 34 games with Boston this season and has played 18 games for its American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.
“We wish him much success in his NHL career,” Sweeney said. “He is a special young man with a bright future in the league.”
Boston was at Vegas on Wednesday night. The Bruins entered the game with six straight victories in an 8-0-3 run. The addition of Coyle figures to enhance Boston’s second-ranked power play.
Ducks Hand Wild Their 5th-Straight Loss
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/19/miller-earns-shutout-as-ducks-blank-wild-4-0/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/19/miller-earns-shutout-as-ducks-blank-wild-4-0/#respondWed, 20 Feb 2019 05:20:07 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=870513 The Wild have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time all season and haven’t scored in the last 156 minutes.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Even after a rough few months, the Anaheim Ducks are still among the teams jockeying for playoff positioning in the Western Conference.
Ryan Miller made 31 saves for his 44th career shutout as the Ducks beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 Tuesday night for their third win in four games. Jakob Silfverberg, Corey Perry, Ryan Kesler and Hampus Lindholm scored to help Anaheim pull three points behind the Wild for the second wild card in the Western Conference.
Anaheim’s newfound confidence comes after the team lost seven in a row and eight of nine.
“I think when you stick together through a time like we went through, you come out of it on the other side a closer team and a better team because of it,” Kesler said.
Miller got his second win in two starts since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 24 games. His latest came two days after he set the all-time wins record for a U.S.-born goalie with a victory over Washington. He now has 376 for his career.
Devan Dubnyk finished with 20 saves in Minnesota’s fifth straight loss. The Wild have been shut out in consecutive games for the first time all season and haven’t scored in the last 156 minutes.
“It’s obviously frustrating. We need to find ways to score goals,” Wild defenseman Ryan Suter said. “You can’t win games if you don’t score goals.”
The Wild remained one point ahead of Chicago, Vancouver and Colorado, with Arizona tied with Anaheim another two points back.
Anaheim took advantage of the first penalty of the game with a power-play goal early in the second. Silfverberg managed to find the loose puck in front of Dubnyk and got his 16th goal at 4:22. The play was set up by a backhand from Devin Shore. Dubnyk made the initial save but couldn’t corral the rebound. A scrum in front of the net ensured before Silfverberg put it in.
Minnesota appeared to tie it at 6:29 of the third as Mikael Granlund poked the puck past Miller on a delayed penalty but the play was whistled dead.
“It was just one of those plays I got the benefit of the doubt, I guess,” Miller said. “The hockey gods put me out for 10 weeks, so this is a little bit of retribution.”
Anaheim’s penalty kill was put to the test in the third period. The Ducks were called for three penalties in the period but managed to kill off all three. Minnesota had the man-advantage for six minutes in just under a nine-minute span in the period but couldn’t score.
“I didn’t think we paid the price to win. Simple as that,” said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, who ended his postgame press conference after just two questions. “You gotta get to the front of the net. You gotta get the dirty goals.”
Minnesota’s penalty kill unit continued to struggle. Silfverberg’s goal was the 15th power-play goal allowed in the Wild’s last 13 games. That included a pair given up against St. Louis on Sunday.
Perry, Kesler and Lindholm scored in a 4:35 span to make it 4-0 with just over a minute left.
NOTES: Linesman Devin Berg left the game early in the first period after getting hit by a puck just below the waist on a dump-in by Minnesota’s Jason Zucker. Berg remained down momentarily before being helped off the ice and did not return to the game. … Wild C Matt Hendricks (upper body) missed his third straight game due to injury. … Ducks RW Daniel Sprong was a healthy scratch for the second straight game.
Minnesota Wild Hosts Esports Tournament At Mall Of America
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/18/minnesota-wild-hosts-esports-tournament-at-mall-of-america/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/18/minnesota-wild-hosts-esports-tournament-at-mall-of-america/#respondTue, 19 Feb 2019 00:23:42 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=870255 While tournament players took on each other, Minnesota Wild players faced off with fans, comparing similarities between hockey on the ice and hockey on the screen.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ever wanted to play hockey against the Wild? The first-ever Minnesota Wild NHL gaming tournament happened at the Mall of America Monday, and some Wild players were there to take on some fans in the audience.
As the popularity of online gaming rises, esports gaming tournaments are getting more popular with professional sports teams.
“Today the Minnesota Wild is putting on their first-ever eSports tournament. It’s been a common thing that has been going around with a lot of NHL teams,” esports commentator Jamie Diazruiz said.
Earlier this month, players went head-to-head in a single elimination bracket leading to today’s finals. The Wild hosted a qualifier, there were 500 players who tried to qualify and, today, they had their final four.
First place wins $2,500 and a Wild jersey. Ryan Bouchard won the tournament for the Xbox, and Matthew Grenier won for Playstation.
While tournament players took on each other, Minnesota Wild players faced off with fans, comparing similarities between hockey on the ice and hockey on the screen.
“You have to think to play, see what’s open and stuff like that so there’s a little similarity, but it’s a video game as well,” the Wild’s Victor Rash said.
An event showing how the recent rise in popularity of online gaming is getting more professional sports involved.
Nico Hischier Scores In OT As Devils Rally To Beat Wild 5-4
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=869991 Cory Schneider got his first win in nearly 14 months when Nico Hischier scored 3:19 into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a wild 5-4 victory over the slumping Minnesota Wild.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A goaltender who was winless in his previous 21 decisions outplayed an All-Star down the stretch Friday night.
Cory Schneider got his first win in nearly 14 months when Nico Hischier scored 3:19 into overtime, lifting the New Jersey Devils to a wild 5-4 victory over the slumping Minnesota Wild.
Hischier, Marcus Johansson and Kyle Palmieri each had a goal and an assist for the Devils, who won for the second time in eight games. Will Butcher and Ben Lovejoy also scored.
“We’ve talked a lot about when things aren’t going well and adversity strikes it’s up to the way we care about each other and tonight showed that,” Palmieri said. “It was our culture coming out and believing in each other.”
Schneider had 15 saves in relief of Keith Kinkaid, including three in overtime. He allowed five goals Thursday in Chicago and was 0-17-4 since his last win on Dec. 27, 2017.
“Sometimes things happen in a strange way, but I was more excited for our team just to show some mettle and to come back and win a tough game after a tough trip,” Schneider said. “It was nice to see us get rewarded as a group. For anybody who knows me, I’m not overly emotional one way or another. I think everyone else was more excited about it than I was.”
In overtime, Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk’s errant pass behind the net was picked off by Palmieri. Dubnyk made a save before Hischier whacked in a loose puck to complete an improbable comeback.
Dubnyk, who played in his third All-Star game last month, has allowed 10 goals in the last two games, both losses that included Minnesota blowing a multi-goal lead.
“They’re finding their way in. It’s frustrating,” he said. “We probably deserved four points out of the last two games and we only got one. Got to find a way.”
Coach Bruce Boudreau was non-committal when asked if Dubnyk will start Sunday against St. Louis.
“It’ll be a conversation that the coaches and the goalie coach have tomorrow and the GM and we’ll see what transpires,” Boudreau said.
“There’s a couple things. We’re not blind. We saw how they went in, but the other thing that bothers me is we do this all the time, we get them down and you don’t get that killer instinct and you stop playing and you try to defend all the time and it’s a losing way to play.”
Playing for the third time in four nights, New Jersey trailed 4-1 late in the second period before Butcher scored off a deflected pass. Palmieri added a power-play goal midway through the third.
Lovejoy scored with 2:45 left in regulation when he beat Dubnyk with a low slap shot from the left circle.
Mikael Granlund and Brad Hunt each had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which dropped to 1-4-3 in its past eight games. Joel Eriksson Ek and Nick Seeler also scored, and Ryan Suter had two assists.
The Wild are clinging to the final playoff wild card in the jumbled Western Conference.
Hunt scored a power-play goal and Eriksson Ek turned a gaffe by Kinkaid behind his net into an easy wraparound for a 2-0 lead midway through the first.
Johansson converted a one-timer 26 seconds into the second before Seeler and Granlund scored to increase Minnesota’s lead to 4-1 and end Kinkaid’s night with 13 saves.
NOTES: New Jersey is 2-18-2 when trailing after the first period. … The Devils placed C Blake Coleman (upper body) on injured reserve and activated LW Miles Wood off IR. Coleman has 18 goals, second-best on the team. … Play was stopped in the first period when, prior to a TV timeout, the Wild ice crew opened the Zamboni door thinking Dubnyk held onto the puck after a save during a New Jersey forecheck.
Devils: Open a three-game homestand Sunday against Buffalo.
Van Riemsdyk Scores Twice As Flyers Top Wild 5-4
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/12/van-riemsdyk-scores-twice-as-flyers-top-wild-5-4/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/12/van-riemsdyk-scores-twice-as-flyers-top-wild-5-4/#respondWed, 13 Feb 2019 04:25:24 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=869341 James van Riemsdyk scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Tuesday night.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — James van Riemsdyk scored two goals, including the game-winner late in the third period, as the Philadelphia Flyers beat the Minnesota Wild 5-4 on Tuesday night.
Sean Couturier and Claude Giroux each had a goal and an assist and Ivan Provorov also scored for the Flyers, who are 11-2-1 since Jan. 9.
Luke Kunin scored twice, while Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon added goals for the Wild, who fell to 1-4-2 since the All-Star break.
Anthony Stolarz made 35 saves for the Flyers. Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 of 26 shots for Minnesota.
Van Riemsdyk broke a 4-4 tie on a power play with 4:29 remaining, banking home a rebound off Dubnyk in a scramble near the net. It was the 11th power-play goal allowed by Minnesota in its last 10 games.
Minnesota had taken a 4-3 lead early in the third period on a goal by Spurgeon that was awarded after a video review. His shot from a sharp angle appeared to hit off the crossbar, but at the next stoppage the play was reviewed. Video showed the puck hitting the underside of the crossbar and dropping into the net before spinning back out.
Philadelphia tied it at 6:30 when the Wild got caught in a line change, leaving Giroux and Jakub Voracek alone on a two-man rush. Voracek left a drop pass for Giroux, who beat Dubnyk with a slap shot from the top of the right circle.
The Flyers struck first, scoring less than three minutes into the game. Provorov took a shot from just inside the Minnesota blue line, and it deflected off traffic and past a screened Dubnyk.
But the Wild recovered quickly, thanks in part to two quick Flyers penalties that gave Minnesota a two-man advantage for 1:52.
Parise tied it during the 5-on-3. He took a pass from Mikael Granlund at the left of the net and banked it off Stolarz for his team-leading 23rd goal of the season.
Kunin then scored two quick goals to put Minnesota on top 3-1. First, a centering pass deflected off a Flyers stick directly to Kunin in the high slot, and he beat Stolarz for an unassisted goal at 10:45.
Less than three minutes later, Kunin took a pass from Joel Eriksson Ek in nearly the same spot and ripped a wrist shot past Stolarz for his fourth goal of the season and his first career multi-goal game.
Stolarz kept the Wild in check with a sprawling save of a point-blank shot by Jordan Greenway in the second period. The Flyers then tied the game shortly after with two consecutive goals from van Riemsdyk and Couturier.
NOTES: The Wild honored recently retired Twins star Joe Mauer in a pregame ceremony. The players wore custom Twins-themed jerseys during their pregame skate and Mauer dropped the puck in a ceremonial faceoff. The Flyers loaned goalie Brian Elliot to Lehigh Valley (AHL) for a conditioning stint on Tuesday. He hasn’t played for the Flyers since Nov. 15 and was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Oilers Stop 6-Game Losing Streak With 4-1 Win Over Wild
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/07/oilers-stop-6-game-losing-streak-with-4-1-win-over-wild/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/07/oilers-stop-6-game-losing-streak-with-4-1-win-over-wild/#respondFri, 08 Feb 2019 05:03:03 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=868572 Darnell Nurse gave reeling Edmonton an early boost by scoring 2:15 into the first period, and the Oilers stopped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night over Minnesota that sent the Wild to their fourth straight loss.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Darnell Nurse gave reeling Edmonton an early boost by scoring 2:15 into the first period, and the Oilers stopped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory Thursday night over Minnesota that sent the Wild to their fourth straight loss.
Ty Rattie, Leon Draisaitl and Zack Kassian also scored, Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had two assists, and Cam Talbot made 35 saves for the Oilers, who were just 5-13-2 in their previous 20 games.
Joel Eriksson Ek had the Wild’s lone goal 2:50 into the third period , an encouraging sign for a team that just lost captain, center and defensive stalwart Mikko Koivu to a season-ending knee injury . Eriksson Ek was recalled from the AHL to take Koivu’s place.
Minnesota’s momentum was wiped out less than three minutes later. Jason Zucker checked Edmonton defenseman Kris Russell hard and sent him hurtling face first into the left post, angering the Oilers and drawing an interference penalty the Wild disputed. Twenty seconds into the power play, Draisaitl knocked in a pass from Alex Chiasson to push the lead back to two.
Kassian, who also had an assist, scored on an empty-netter after the puck skipped out to him following a denial of Mikael Granlund on the other end by Talbot.
With a snowstorm swirling outside all day and keeping some fans away, the energy in the arena was already substandard. Then the Oilers took the lead on the first shot on goal of the game, when Nurse stepped into a pass from McDavid and let the puck fly from the top of the left circle past goalie Devan Dubnyk’s glove.
The Wild picked up the pace in the second period with a 15-5 shots-on-goal advantage, but Talbot stayed strong. The Wild misfired on a handful of prime opportunities, too. They found themselves in a two-goal hole at the second intermission, because of Rattie’s tap-in of a centering feed from Nugent-Hopkins only 4:32 into the middle frame.
The Wild, who began the game in seventh place in the Western Conference in control of the first wild-card spot, are 0-2-2 since their eight-day break for the All-Star break and the annual bye week. The Oilers started the day in 12th place, but they’re now only three points behind the Wild.
The Oilers made fourth-line center Kyle Brodziak, who has a minus-12 rating, a healthy scratch for just the second time this season and the first since Oct. 11. Rookie Colby Cave replaced him in the lineup. “We need better from that position,” Hitchcock said before the game. The Oilers scored 14 goals in three games this season against the Wild, winning two. Eriksson Ek has three goals in 36 games this season.
Oilers: Return home to face San Jose, before beginning a three-game road trip to take on Eastern Conference teams.
Wild: Play at New Jersey on Saturday afternoon, followed by a Sunday afternoon game in New York against the Islanders.
Wild Captain Mikko Koivu To Miss Rest Of Season With Knee Injury
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/06/wild-captain-mikko-koivu-to-miss-rest-of-season-with-knee-injury/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/06/wild-captain-mikko-koivu-to-miss-rest-of-season-with-knee-injury/#respondThu, 07 Feb 2019 05:31:10 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=868335 Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and cartilage in his right knee in an on-ice collision, a major setback for a team with a tenuous hold on a playoff spot.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild captain Mikko Koivu will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament and cartilage in his right knee in an on-ice collision, a major setback for a team with a tenuous hold on a playoff spot.
The 35-year-old Koivu tore his ACL and meniscus and will have surgery on Friday, the Wild announced on Wednesday. He was hurt Tuesday night at Buffalo when he collided with Sabres forward Tage Thompson in the first period of Minnesota’s 5-4 shootout loss.
The Wild (26-22-5), who are in fourth place in the Central Division, currently hold the first wild card spot in the Western Conference, three points ahead of with one game in hand on Vancouver. They’ve taken only two of a possible six points since their bye week, though, and they’ve already been without defenseman Matt Dumba for almost two months because of a ruptured right pectoralis muscle near his shoulder. Dumba, who’s still tied for fourth on the team with 12 goals despite his absence, might not return this season.
Drafted out of Finland with the sixth overall pick in 2001, Koivu is in his 14th year with the Wild and atop the franchise’s career list in several statistical categories, including games (973), points (688), assists (487), shots (2,196), power-play points (244), short-handed points (24) and multi-point games (150). He’s second in team history in goals (201).
This season, Koivu leads the Wild with 488 faceoff wins, which ranks 14th in the NHL. The Wild recalled center Joel Eriksson Ek from their AHL affiliate in Iowa to fill Koivu’s roster spot, in advance of their game Thursday night against Edmonton.
Reinhart Scores To Give Sabres 5-4 Shootout Win Over Wild
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/05/reinhart-scores-to-give-sabres-5-4-shootout-win-over-wild/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2019/02/05/reinhart-scores-to-give-sabres-5-4-shootout-win-over-wild/#respondWed, 06 Feb 2019 05:12:05 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=868127 Buffalo persevered behind goalie Linus Ullmark’s 41 saves and forward Sam Reinhart capping a two-point game by scoring the lone shootout goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.]]> BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres coach Phil Housley could overlook the blown leads and the defensive miscues.
What mattered more was how Buffalo persevered behind goalie Linus Ullmark’s 41 saves and forward Sam Reinhart capping a two-point game by scoring the lone shootout goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
“We’ve got to learn to tighten it up, but I’ll give the guys credit, we found a way to win,” Housley said.
Buffalo led by two in the second period but allowed the Wild to force overtime with 1:37 remaining in the third, when Zach Parise jammed in a loose puck at the left post.
The Sabres, however, didn’t let down and won for just the third time in nine games. In the process, they also eased the criticisms directed at a team that had fallen out of the playoff picture by going 8-14-4 since a 10-game winning streak in November.
“I like the way they stuck together,” Housley said.
The game wasn’t decided until the third round of the shootout on a goal Reinhart didn’t initially realize went in.
Driving in from the left wing, Reinhart snapped a shot that goalie Devan Dubnyk got a piece of with his right arm. The puck, however, had enough on it to dribble into the net.
“I had no idea. I was just kind of turning up and just heard the crowd,” Reinhart said. “It was nice to hear.”
And there was no mistaking the cheers that followed a moment later, when Parise’s backhand sailed high and wide of the top right corner of the net.
Reinhart had an assist and scored to break a 3-all tie 6:25 into the third period by deflecting in Jake McCabe’s pass. Jack Eichel set up two goals and C.J. Smith also scored in a game the Sabres never trailed.
Buffalo’s once anemic power-play unit converted both opportunities, on goals from Evan Rodrigues and Rasmus Dahlin. The two goals matched the Sabres’ combined output in their previous 11 games during which Buffalo went 2 of 28 with the man advantage.
Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored twice and Charlie Coyle also scored during a three-goal second period. Dubnyk stopped 35 shots. The Wild dropped to 0-1-2 in their past three games, matching their second-longest skid of the season.
On the bright side, Minnesota earned a point in its second straight outing after rallying from a third-period deficit in a 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago on Saturday.
“You have to have that ability to come back, but I’d love to see us play with the lead a little bit,” Parise said. “It gets tough. You stress yourself out always fighting trying to come from behind. We’ve got to get ourselves a lead.”
Buffalo bounced back after opening a seven-game homestand with a 7-3 loss to Chicago on Friday night.
Housley used the three-day break between games to attempt to give his slumping team a spark by shuffling his top three lines and defensive pairings. He most notably split up Buffalo’s All-Star pairing of Eichel and forward Jeff Skinner. Eichel centered Kyle Okposo and Conor Sheary, while Skinner moved to a line centered by rookie Casey Mittelstadt.
The moves appeared to pay off when Buffalo’s revamped second power-play unit converted on Rodrigues’ goal 4:31 into the game. The Sabres built a 3-1 edge 11:33 into the second when Dahlin’s shot from inside the blue line went in off Spurgeon’s stick in front.
Defensive lapses led to the Wild tying the game at 3 before the period was over.
Spurgeon scored 3:10 later, when he was allowed to break in up the right side, drive around the net and wrap in a shot.
Coyle tied it at 3 with 2:55 left in the second period. Ullmark stopped Greg Pateryn’s shot from the right point and Luke Kunin slipped the rebound under the goalie but off the right post. Coyle beat two Sabres defenders to put the loose puck into the open net.
NOTES: Wild coach Bruce Boudreau did not have an update on captain Mikko Koivu, who sustained an undisclosed injury and did not return after colliding with Buffalo’s Tage Thompson in the first period. Smith played a day after being recalled from AHL Rochester, where he had five goals and seven assists in eight games after being demoted from Buffalo. Kunin and Kyle Rau played for Minnesota a day after being called up from AHL Iowa. Wild D Anthony Bitetto, claimed off waivers from Nashville on Jan. 25, played his first game with Minnesota.
Wild: Host the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday.
Sabres: Continue their seven-game homestand against the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
Seguin Scores 2 In Last 8 Minutes, Stars Beat Wild 3-1
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=867626 Tyler Seguin didn’t like what he saw on the scoreboard at the second intermission, and he did his best to change that. Seguin scored two goals in the final eight minutes, lifting the Dallas Stars over the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Friday night.]]> DALLAS (AP) — Tyler Seguin didn’t like what he saw on the scoreboard at the second intermission, and he did his best to change that.
Seguin scored two goals in the final eight minutes, lifting the Dallas Stars over the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Friday night.
“I thought after 40 minutes we deserved to win that game,” Seguin said.
The game was still tied at 1 when Mattias Janmark took the puck along the boards in the neutral zone and passed across the blue line to Seguin. His slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle went under Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk and trickled into the net with 7:42 left.
“I saw the puck coming,” Dubnyk said. “I went straight down. I didn’t pull up. I didn’t open up. It’s a save you need to make. Obviously, you want to come up with that save in a 1-1 game.”
Seguin added an empty-net goal, his team-high 20th of the season, with 24 seconds to play. The Stars won their third in a row and stopped the Wild’s three-game winning streak to pass Minnesota for third place in the Central Division.
“That was a playoff game tonight,” Dallas coach Jim Montgomery said. “It was a big focal point going into the third: ‘Let’s win the net-front battle and be in third place.’ Our will was great.”
Ben Bishop followed a shutout win on Wednesday with a 21-save effort against the Wild. He protected the lead by stopping a backhand attempt by Marcus Foligno with 6:25 remaining.
Dubnyk finished with 29 saves.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau noted the narrow margin of victory.
“One mistake here,” Boudreau said. “Zach (Parise) misses a net where Bishop falls and is out of the net and they come down and score, and that’s the difference in the game.”
Bishop is part of a defense that has allowed only seven goals in the past five games. The Stars’ 129 goals allowed are second in the league behind the Islanders.
“That’s what we are,” Montgomery said. “If you have the defense, you’re always going to be in every game.”
Dallas’ Andrew Cogliano and Minnesota’s Brad Hunt scored in the second period, which ended 1-all.
Cogliano tipped in Roman Polak’s shot from the right point for a 1-0 lead at 3:12 of the second.
“It felt good just to contribute,” Cogliano said. “At this point, it doesn’t matter who scores, it’s all about the win.”
That goal ended a drought of 74 minutes, 33 seconds without a score by either team in Dallas’ two most recent games. When Cogliano went off with a high-sticking double minor two minutes later, those were the first penalties by either team in 75:06 of ice time in the same games.
Hunt tied the game at 8:48 of the second during the power play for Cogliano’s second penalty.
NOTES: Cogliano’s fourth goal of the season was his first for the Stars in five games since being acquired from Anaheim in a trade on Jan. 14. The Wild were playing for the first time in nine days. Dallas C Jason Dickinson left Wednesday’s game with a lower-body injury and is expected to miss both games this weekend. Minnesota LW Pontus Aberg (lower-body injury) left the game in the second period. Wild C Matt Hendricks played in his 600th NHL game. Entering the game, Minnesota led the Stars by one point in the standings, with the difference the Wild’s point for an overtime loss vs. Dallas. Minnesota’s goal differential was 0, and Dallas was at minus-1. The teams had split the first two meetings. Dallas has six goals in the three games between the teams and the Wild have five.
Wild: Return home Saturday to play Chicago.
Stars: Play the second game of a back-to-back at Nashville on Saturday.
Wild Beat Avs 5-2 Before Heading Into Break
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=865905 Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild have their timing down. Too bad they can’t pass on the down time.]]> DENVER (AP) — Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild have their timing down. Too bad they can’t pass on the down time.
Staal had two goals, including the tiebreaker on a second-period power play, Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and the Wild rolled into the All-Star break by beating the slumping Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night.
“You certainly wish you could keep playing if they’re going to play like that,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “It was really fun to watch.”
Tune in again on Feb. 1 for Wild hockey.
“We’re going to use it to our advantage and be able to recharge,” said Charlie Coyle, who had a goal and an assist. “Down the road, we’re going to have more juice in the tank.”
For the Avalanche, the break couldn’t come at a better time as they finished 3-7 in January and lost ground in the Central Division chase.
Tune in again on Feb. 2 for Avalanche hockey.
“Rewind and get your mind off of things if that’s what you want to do,” Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog said. “Study the game and make sure you come back hungry, because we’re going to need it.”
Jared Spurgeon and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild, who earned their fourth win in five games to remain in the thick of the playoff picture. Staal and Suter had goals on separate 5-on-3 power plays.
Staal had another big performance, giving him three goals and two assists over his last two games.
“He’s reminding me of this time last year, when he started to go and find his legs,” Boudreau said. “We’re going to need it. Every team needs the big boys to play. When the big boys play well, we can play with anybody.”
Carl Soderberg and Tyson Barrie scored for the Avalanche. Philipp Grubauer stopped 23 shots as he got the start over Semyon Varlamov with Colorado searching for consistency in net.
“I don’t think he had a chance on any of those goals,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. “It’s not a goaltending loss.
“I’m still confident in our team, but nights like this when we don’t play in a mature team game, then it bothers me because I know we’re capable of it.”
Dubnyk flashed his All-Star form to improve to 18-12-1 all-time against Colorado. That’s his most wins versus one opponent.
Staal broke a second-period tie during a two-man advantage — and another missing a stick. On the play, Colorado forward Matt Calvert broke his stick and couldn’t cover Staal down low. Staal knocked in a pinpoint pass from Mikael Granlund through the middle.
“Classic Granlund,” Coyle said of the pass. “That’s a pretty goal.”
With 22.1 seconds remaining in the middle period, Coyle made it a 4-2 advantage. That was more than enough for Dubnyk, an All-Star for a third time. Still, Suter tallied another in the third with a pair of Colorado players in the penalty box.
The Avalanche took a one-goal lead on two occasions in the first period, only to be answered in short time. After Soderberg scored, Staal tied it up 1:08 later. And after Barrie gave Colorado a 2-1 advantage, Spurgeon soon knotted it back up with a liner over Grubauer’s glove.
Before the game, Colorado honored All-Stars Mikko Rantanen, MacKinnon and Landeskog with a tribute. The linemates have combined for 199 points this season, including MacKinnon and Rantanen picking up assists on Barrie’s goal.
Minnesota and Colorado are now idle for the rest of the month due to the All-Star break and the bye week.
“Try and carry the momentum when we get back,” Staal said. “But we’re definitely going to enjoy the break.”
NOTES: Wild C Eric Fehr (lower body) could be back after the break. He’s missed nine games. … Wearing No. 77, D Brad Hunt was in the lineup after being acquired by the Wild in a deal with Vegas on Monday. Hunt played college hockey at Bemidji State in Minnesota and his wife is from the state. “We have a baby on the way. She’s excited for him to be born in Minnesota,” Hunt said. … Avs D Erik Johnson (head) missed a second straight game.
Wild: Off until Feb. 1 when they play in Dallas.
Avalanche: On hiatus until Feb. 2 when they host Vancouver. Barrie said for the break he’s going to “find a beach somewhere and relax.”
Minnesota Wild Acquire Center Victor Rask, Send Nino Niederreiter To Carolina
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=864948 Center Victor Rask was sent to Minnesota from Carolina in an exchange for Nino Niederreiter on Thursday.
]]> MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Center Victor Rask was sent to Minnesota from Carolina in an exchange for Nino Niederreiter on Thursday.
Rask is currently bogged down in a 22-game goal drought, so a change of scenery could help him jump start his season.
Minnesota Wild says Rask will wear a No. 49 jersey for the team.
The center has three more years left at a $4 million cap hit, which means the Wild will save $1.25 million annually compared to Nico Niederreiter’s deal.
Zucker’s Goal In Shootout Seals Wild’s 3-2 Win Over Kings
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=864579 Jason Zucker knew just what he wanted to do on his turn in the shootout. Zucker scored on that backhand in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker knew just what he wanted to do on his turn in the shootout.
Zucker scored on that backhand in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
“It wasn’t the prettiest game we’ve ever played,” Zucker said, “but we did what we had to do. We battled. I thought we were skating pretty well.”
It was Zucker’s first career shootout goal in five tries. Zucker was the only shooter from either team to convert.
Nino Niederreiter and Eric Staal scored for the Wild, who had lost their previous two games.
“I thought we deserved it,” Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We played 65 minutes really hard. There was no let-up tonight.”
Ilya Kovalchuck and Jeff Carter scored for the Kings, who came into the game tied with Ottawa for the fewest points in the league.
Carter scored with 2 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game for the Kings, who fell behind twice only to tie the score.
Staal’s goal 7:13 into the third period gave the Wild a 2-1 lead until Carter tied it about 10 minutes later.
Niederreiter, who was dropped to the fourth line Tuesday, scored off a wrist shot at 10:16 of the second period to give Minnesota a 1-0 lead. Niederreiter scored for the second time in three games after a 12-game goal drought.
“At the end of the day, you just go out there and try to do your best. It doesn’t matter what line you’re on,” Niederreiter said. “It just happened to work that way.”
Kovalchuk tied it on a rebound 16:03 into the second. Kovalchuck had gone 10 games without scoring.
Minnesota’s Ryan Suter threw a shot on goal at 7:13 in the third. It was deflected into an open net by Staal, bouncing off of his shin pad. It was the veteran center’s first goal in 10 games.
“A lot of times, the game can be fair. Sometimes it’s not,” Staal said.
“It took one like that to get a reward. We’ll take it, and hopefully that can kick start me in the right direction — and all of us. We’ll take the win.”
Carter tied it off another rebound. Tyler Toffoli’s shot deflected off Adrian Kempe and fell to Carter, who put it away for his 10th goal of the season.
“I thought we were probably lucky to get a point,” Carter said. “We had a slow start. They played last night. They traveled last night. We had a slow start. We got it to overtime, which was good. We showed some battle and got back, but probably not our best game.”
Playing for the second consecutive night, Minnesota started backup Alex Stalock in goal in place of All-Star starter Devon Dubnyk, who was pulled during Monday’s 7-4 loss at Philadelphia. Stalock made 31 saves Tuesday and stopped all three shootout tries.
Jonathan Quick made 40 saves for Los Angeles.
“We rely on him a little bit too much, but he made some big saves, for sure,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said. “The game could have got away on us a little bit, but we do depend on him that way.”
NOTES: The Kings had to kill off a 4-on-3 penalty during the overtime period. … Dubnyk had started 16 of the last 17 games Minnesota. UP NEXT
Rask Stops 24 Shots, Bruins Shut Out Wild 4-0
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=863386 Tuukka Rask was happy to share the credit after his first shutout of the season. The veteran goalie stopped 24 shots for his 250th career win as the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Tuesday night.]]> BOSTON (AP) — Tuukka Rask was happy to share the credit after his first shutout of the season.
The veteran goalie stopped 24 shots for his 250th career win as the Boston Bruins beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Tuesday night.
“Our team defense the past few games has been very good and I think it shows on the scoreboard and in the points,” Rask said. “We’re eliminating the offense of the opposing team very well and then getting rewarded at the other end. That’s a great sign.”
Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand each had a goal and two assists. Danton Heinen and Jake DeBrusk also scored as Boston won its season-high fifth straight game. John Moore and Torey Krug had two assists apiece.
Alex Stalock finished with 23 saves for Minnesota.
The Wild, who played Monday night in Montreal, managed just six shots in the first period and never recovered after Boston took a 2-0 lead on goals by Heinen and Marchand.
“You could tell that there was a little bit of fatigue,” Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. “They had a good game plan. They came out right after us.”
Rask earned his first shutout since blanking Tampa Bay on the road last March 17. He wasn’t tested often, but did come up with a big glove save on Eric Staal with 5:42 left in the first. After stopping 12 more shots in the second period, Rask faced only seven from the weary Wild in the third and completed his 42nd career shutout.
Rask needs three wins to break Cecil “Tiny” Thompson’s club record of 252.
“I’ve been lucky enough to be part of good teams,” Rask said. “That’s pretty much what it comes down to, I think. I’ve been fortunate to play here.”
Boston jumped on Minnesota early and never let the Wild get much going offensively.
Heinen tipped in Moore’s shot from the point 5:23 into the game and Marchand scored from nearly the same spot on a rebound off the end boards after a shot by Bergeron with 8:31 left in the period.
DeBrusk added a power-play goal with 45 seconds left in the first when the puck bounced off his chest. The assists went to Bergeron and Marchand, who combined again for Boston’s next goal.
Minnesota’s Zach Parise was called for tripping 6:05 into the second and the Bruins scored just 19 seconds into the power play when a shot by Marchand glanced off Bergeron’s skate into the net.
Bergeron was credited with the goal, while Marchand and Krug both picked up their second assist of the night.
“Sometimes the puck luck comes in cycles and we’ll take it,” Bergeron said. “We got the bounces, but I thought we played really strong — especially early in the game. We were on the puck and creating our chances.”
The Wild, playing the second night of back-to-back games, wrapped up a 3-1 road trip.
“We’re not going to make excuses. We’ve played some good teams,” Staal said. “When you get behind against a solid team like the Bruins, it’s going to be a tough night. We just didn’t have enough momentum to carry us through.”
NOTES: Boston D Charlie McAvoy missed his sixth straight game with a lower-body injury. Stalock got the start for Devan Dubnyk, who made 32 saves Monday night at Montreal for his first shutout of the season. Dubnyk will represent the Wild at the All-Star Game for the third time in four seasons. The Wild fell to 8-4 in Boston.
Wild: Host the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday night.
Bruins: Host the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.
‘I Would Never Imagine This Happening’: Wild’s Matt Dumba Helps Give 12-Year-Old Girl Her Hockey Dream
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=862811 Social media actually contributed something positive to the world Friday. A Minnesota Wild defenseman, and dozens of strangers, helped 12-year-old Forest Lake hockey player Kalei Forga reach her dream.]]>
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Social media actually contributed something positive to the world Friday.
A Minnesota Wild defenseman, and dozens of strangers, helped 12-year-old Forest Lake hockey player Kalei Forga reach her dream.
“I would never imagine this happening,” Kalei said.
She’s really, really good. So good that in December, she was picked to play for a World Selects Team that would spend 10 days in Europe in April, playing with and against some of the best young players in the world.
“I was excited. I didn’t think that at this age I’d be able to go play in France [laughs]!” Kalei said.
That is, if she could afford it — with its $3,700 price tag.
“I’m like, ‘OK, I’m don’t know how we’re going to pay for this without taking out a second mortgage or something ridiculous like that,’” said Kalei’s father, Jaime Forga. “And a few people had suggested a GoFundMe page.”
So they did that, and after three weeks, Kalei’s fund sat around $1,000, well short of her goal. But then something happened Friday morning.
Kalei Forga (credit: CBS)
“I don’t think I’ve put my phone down all day [laughs]!” said Kalei’s mother, Michelle Forga. “Just to refresh and refresh and like tweets and thank people for donating. And yeah, when Matt Dumba did it, I was like, ‘Is that THE Matt Dumba? Like, the real Matt Dumba? That can’t be,’ you know. And then I saw it on Twitter.”
An organization called Black Girl Hockey Club posted about Kalei.
“It’s to give support to and bring awareness to people of color in hockey, because [laughs], you know, you don’t see many black people in hockey. So it’s just a way for them to communicate, and share stories,” Michelle said.
That’s where Dumba heard about it, shared it and shared how he’d had a similar experience when he was younger. He then dropped $500 into Kalei’s fund. Dozens and dozens of complete strangers followed. The exposure helped her reach her goal in a matter of hours.
“That just feels like special to me that he actually took the time to write that to me, and donate the money. And it makes me happy,” Kalei said.
“I’m so happy I was able to, you know, take advantage of this opportunity I saw this morning, and I definitely wanted her to go on her trip,” Dumba said.
“I know representation is incredibly important, and for her to see people that look like her play this game, you mean, you can’t ask for anything more,” Michelle said. “And to have him support her, not knowing her, not knowing anything other than just her story, and seeing an opportunity to help her, that’s incredible.”
Kalei’s fund is now up to more than $4,500. They updated their goal to allow more donations to come in, to help pay for her parents and sister to make the trip. Visit Kalei’s GoFundMe page.
Zach Parise Breaks Tie, Wild Edge Maple Leafs 4-3
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=862596 With just one win in seven games the Minnesota Wild needed a lift. Zach Parise provided it.]]> TORONTO (AP) — With just one win in seven games the Minnesota Wild needed a lift. Zach Parise provided it.
Parise broke a tie off a turnover early in the third period and the Wild rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday.
“It’s been some tough sledding for us,” Parise said. “We played a pretty solid game.”
Auston Matthews lost the puck to Parise, who beat goalie Michael Hutchinson high over his glove at 4:21 for his 18th goal of the season. Minnesota overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2.
“We kept pushing even when they got the 3-2 (lead),” said Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk, who was just named to his third all-star game. “We just stuck with it.”
Toronto got a power play midway through the period, with Matthews hitting the post short side on Dubnyk. The Leafs pulled Hutchinson with 2:45 left, but were unable to get anything past the Wild netminder, including a chance that dribbled off the post in the dying seconds.
“You’ve got to learn how to win all kinds of games,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “They’re a veteran team, they make it hard on you. We scored twice in the first period … I didn’t like our first period. They were better than us. After that I liked our game a lot.”
Jared Spurgeon had a goal and two assists, Charlie Coyle added a goal and an assist, and Mikko Koivu also scored for Minnesota. Dubnyk stopped 38 shots.
Mitch Marner scored twice and William Nylander had the other goal for Toronto, which lost its second straight. John Tavares added two assists for the Leafs, and Hutchinson made 30 saves in his debut in an emergency recall from the minors. Hutchinson has only been with the organization since Saturday following a trade with the Florida Panthers.
Marner staked the Leafs to an early lead when he snared a loose puck off the opening faceoff and fired a backhander off the post and in after just seven seconds to tie the Leafs’ franchise record for fastest goal at the start of a game. The 21-year-old winger made it 2-0 at 5:38 with his 15th goal of the season and ninth in the last eight games, scoring off a give-and-go with Tavares.
Coyle cut the deficit to 2-1 at 9:10 when he scored his seventh on a rebound and the Wild tied it at 5:09 of the second when Koivu swatted his sixth past a down-and-out Hutchinson.
Nylander responded with his first goal of the year when he beat Dubnyk upstairs at 8:16 to make it 3-2. The winger had just two points in his 11 previous games since his contract impasse with the Leafs ended on Dec. 1 with a six-year, $45 million deal.
Parise hit the crossbar moments later, but the Wild evened the score at 9:36 when Spurgeon put a shot through Hutchinson’s pads for his fifth goal of the season.
NOTES: Marner’s first goal tied Charlie Conacher’s team record set Feb. 6, 1932 against the Boston Bruins. Hutchinson was 1-1-2 with an .839 save percentage and a 4.18 goals-against average in four games for the Panthers this season, but was a respectable 43-39-11 with a .910 save percentage and a 2.65 GAA in 102 games between 2013 and 2018 with Winnipeg. Hutchinson and fellow netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo were recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League on an emergency basis with both No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen (groin) and backup Garret Sparks (concussion protocol) out. Andersen is on injured reserve while Sparks, who took a shot up high in Wednesday’s practice after starting Toronto’s last three games, sat out for precautionary reasons. Tavares and Matthews were named as Toronto’s All-Star representatives. Scotiabank Arena had significantly more kids than usual for a matinee start that included a flashy opening ceremony with children dressed up as players, referees and announcers. There were even miniature versions of Leafs coach Mike Babcock and famed Hockey Night in Canada commentator Don Cherry.
Mpls. Miracle, Super Bowl, Mauer Retires & More: MN’s Top 2018 Sports Moments
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=860481 From the Minneapolis Miracle, Minnesota hosting the Super Bowl, to Minnesota Twins’ Joe Mauer’s retirement, here are the biggest Minnesota sports stories from 2018.]]> From the Minneapolis Miracle, Minnesota hosting the Super Bowl, to Twins’ Joe Mauer’s retirement, here are the biggest Minnesota sports stories from 2018.
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It was a catch and touchdown that will be remembered throughout the ages. Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs caught a last-minute pass and a Saints defensive back missed a tackle. And the Vikings were on their way to the NFC Championship. Things, at least for that moment, were wonderful for Vikings fans. Read more.
Minnesota Hosts Super Bowl
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While the Minnesota Vikings didn’t quite make it to the big game, Minneapolis at least got to host it! It brought in hordes of NFL fans and a lot of money. Read more.
Wild Asst Coach Misses Game To Watch Son
Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darby Hendrickson did not attend the team’s game against Edmonton in March. Instead he went to Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, watching his son compete for the Minnetonka Skippers in the Class 2-A state title game. “Those moments with your kids you can’t get back,” he said. Read more.
Vikings Sign QB Kirk Cousins
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After years and years of a seemingly endless quarterback carousel, the Minnesota Vikings made a big move to sign what they believed to be a franchise quarterback, Kirk Cousins. He got a 3-year deal worth $84 million. Time will tell if the signing was a successful one. Read more.
Vadnais Heights Sports Center Collapses
The Vadnais Heights Sports Center dome collapsed in April due to the weight of freezing rain and heavy, wet snow. Repairs took months for the 2,000 seat sports center. Read more.
After 19 seasons, Don Lucia stepped down as head coach of the University of Minnesota’s men’s hockey team. Despite having success playing in the Big Ten, the Gophers have struggled with fan attendance in recent years. Lucia has also been unable to keep many of the top hockey players in the Twin Cities from playing at other colleges.
Lucia will remain with Gopher Athletics as a special assistant to Athletic Director Mark Coyle through June 30, 2019. Read more.
Vikings Fan Unwittingly Meets Her #1 Favorite Player
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Vikings legend Tommy Kramer said he was at a hotel pool and noticed a woman who had a Vikings logo tattooed to her arm. He asked her who her favorite player was and she responded, “Tommy Kramer.” The rest, as they say, was history. Read more.
New Ulm Dance Coach Loses Job Over Living With Fiancé
A high school coach says she was given an ultimatum: Say your wedding vows or say good-bye to your job. Melissa Marti served as head dance coach at Cathedral High School for 15 years. She says the Catholic school in New Ulm refused to renew her contract because she lives with her fiancé. The story proved controversial with supporters on both sides. Read more.
Allianz Field Nearly Open in St. Paul
Crews have been busy completing the new stadium and home of Minnesota United FC. In December, the sports team announced it will take the pitch at the field for the first time in April of 2019. Read more.
WCCO’s Mark Rosen To Retire
When you think Minnesota sports, you think Mark Rosen. He’s been covering our teams for five decades at WCCO. But as the song goes, nothing lasts forever. And so the time came in October for Rosen to share the news that he has decided to retire from WCCO. We at WCCO wish him and his family all the best! Read more.
Twins Release Paul Molitor As Manager
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The Minnesota Twins announced they’re going in a new direction in 2019, and fired Paul Molitor as the club’s manager. They later announced 37-year-old Rocco Baldelli as the next manager, making him the youngest manager in Major League Baseball. Read more.
Lindsay Whalen Debuts As Coach For Gophers, Destroy Opponent
Lindsay Whalen took the court with her new team in a 70-49 victory over New Hampshire in one of the most-anticipated debuts in women’s college basketball this year. Three months after announcing her retirement from the WNBA, Whalen has begun her full-time focus on the program she once helped build. Read more.
Timberwolves Trade Jimmy Butler To 76ers
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Jimmy Butler got his wish: He’s out of Minnesota. The team traded the All-Star forward to the Philadelphia 76ers. Butler and Justin Patton were traded to Philadelphia for Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Jerryd Bayless, along with a 2022 second-round draft pick. Read more.
Joe Mauer Retires
Usually reserved and private, Joe Mauer shared a heartfelt goodbye and thank you with Twins Territory in November. After 15 seasons, the home town hero officially retired.
“I want to thank you for taking a chance on a St. Paul kid back in 2001. I never wanted to play anywhere else. It’s been a true honor to wear one jersey all those years,” Mauer said. “I’m going to raise my kids here. My family is here, born and raised. I was a Twins fan before I was a Twin, and I’m going to be a Twins fan after I’m done being a player.” Read more.
Gophers Beat Wisconsin, Get Axe Back
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A memorable night for Minnesota was made sweeter by beating the Wisconsin Badgers on the road to take back the Axe for the first time since 2003. They won in Madison for the first time since 1994. Read more.
Vikings Offensive Coordinator Fired
The Minnesota Vikings’ offense struggled against the Seattle Seahawks on prime time television in December – and was enough to cost the offensive coordinator his job. The team relieved John DeFilippo of his duties as offensive coordinator.
Kevin Strefanski was elevated to interim offensive coordinator and will handle play-calling duties, the team said. The team went on to beat the Dolphins and the Lions under his helm. Read more.
Frustrated Vikings Fan Tries To Sell U.S. Bank Stadium On Craigslist
Following the frustrating loss that led to the offensive coordinator firing, a Minnesota Vikings fan appears to have hit a breaking point and he’s willing to give up the Vikings’ new home. Matt B posted a Craigslist add trying to sell the downtown Minneapolis stadium for a $1 billion. His post said the occupants are a team that only has success in breaking the hearts of fans. Also included with the stadium is a $84 million quarterback who, he says, can’t win against teams with winning records. Read more.
Vikings Miss Out Of Playoffs With Loss To Bears
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – DECEMBER 30: Nick Kwiatkoski #44 of the Chicago Bears leaps to catch the ball for a two point conversion in the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
The march to the post season for the Vikings and their dedicated fans stopped when the Chicago Bears showed up at U.S. Bank Stadium Sunday afternoon. A combination of a crushing Bears’ defense and a listless Vikings offense ended the season for the Vikings. Read more.
Program Gives Blind Hockey Players Chance To Get On The Ice
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=861377 A program for blind hockey players is giving experienced and novice players a chance to get on the ice in Minnesota. ]]>
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A program for blind hockey players is giving experienced and novice players a chance to get on the ice in Minnesota.
Minnesota Public Radio News reports that 18 players have joined the Minnesota Wild Blind Hockey program, which is the first of its kind in in the state. Toni Gillen, disabled programs director for USA Hockey in Minnesota, says she didn’t realize how big it would be when the program first started.
She says the response has been “amazing,” and she anticipates the program will grow next year.
Nicholas Boisvert, a 35-year-old program participant, grew up playing hockey, but a degenerative condition took roughly 80 percent of his sight in his late 20s. Boisvert says he missed hockey, and the new program is giving him the chance to play again.
Rust Helps Penguins Top Wild 2-1
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=860875 Bryan Rust scored two goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.]]> PITTSBURGH (AP) — Bryan Rust has no explanation for his career-best scoring run. He just wants to keep playing the same way.
Rust scored two more goals to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Thursday night.
“Sometimes that’s how hockey goes,” Rust said. “It just wants to make me shoot the puck more, I guess.”
Rust has at least one goal in five of his last six games, including the game-winner in Wednesday night’s 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals on the road.
He has eight goals and nine points in his last six games after collecting one goal and seven points in his first 29 games.
“It’s going in for him and we’re thrilled for him,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said. “I think he’s confident now and I think he has a little bit of pressure off of him. It’s not like he wasn’t getting scoring chances in the first part of the season. He was. The puck just didn’t seem to go in the net for him and now it is.”
Rust put Pittsburgh ahead to stay when he scored his ninth of the season 8:12 into the third period.
Pittsburgh’s Jake Guentzel picked off a Greg Pateryn pass behind the net, and centered to the slot where Rust slipped a shot between Devan Dubnyk’s pads.
Pittsburgh has won four of five games and seven of 10 overall. The Penguins have earned points in eight of their last 10 games and 13 of the last 17 following a difficult November run in which they won just one of 10 games.
“It’s nice to string a few wins in a row against some pretty good teams,” Sullivan said. “Every point we get in the standings is important and we’re slowly but surely climbing. We’re becoming harder to play against.”
Casey DeSmith stopped 40 shots for his eighth win in 12 home starts. DeSmith has started nine of the last 11 games for Pittsburgh.
Jordan Greenway scored his sixth for the Wild, who have dropped three straight and five of seven. Dubnyk made 35 saves.
“It’s disappointing,” Dubnyk said. “We were in a really good spot going into the third period, and playing good hockey. So you want to find a way to win those games.”
Greenway opened the scoring 7:13 into the first when he converted a wrist shot from inside the left circle. But Rust answered for Pittsburgh, extending his goal streak to a career-best four games.
Dubnyk left his crease, but misplayed a puck behind the net to Guentzel, who quickly centered to Rust for the goal into an empty net.
“The first one, it doesn’t get much easier than that, and the second one, I came screaming down the middle and (Guentzel) found me,” Rust said.
Dominik Simon returned to the Penguins’ lineup after missing eight games with a lower-body injury. Garrett Wilson was sent to the team’s minor league affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Wild D Matt Dumba missed his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Penguins D Jamie Oleksiak was sidelined by a concussion. Pateryn played in his 200th career game.
Sharks’ Martin Jones Shuts Out Wild, 4-0
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=860467 Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 shots for Minnesota, which has lost seven of 10.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Logan Couture scored twice and Martin Jones made 26 saves for his first shutout this season and the 20th of his career in the San Jose Sharks’ 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
Joe Pavelski added his 21st goal for San Jose, which has won five straight games and seven of eight. Sharks rookie Lukas Radil had an empty-net goal and one assist.
Devan Dubnyk stopped 21 shots for Minnesota, which has lost seven of 10.
A lethargic start for both teams turned in San Jose’s favor in the second period as Couture and Pavelski scored 29 seconds apart.
Radil sent a no-look pass from behind the Wild net out front to Couture, who was crashing the net and buried a one-timer. Tomas Hertl sprung Pavelski on a breakaway for the second goal.
Pavelski has eight goals in the past 11 games. Hertl had two assists and has multiple points in four of the last five games.
A game after being pulled against Chicago when he allowed three goals on the first seven shots, Jones responded against Minnesota.
As the Sharks took control in the second, Minnesota went without a shot for 12 minutes as the Wild’s struggles continued. Minnesota was shut out for the second time in six games.
Couture added his second goal and fifth in six games just 51 seconds into the third.
NOTES: Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu returned after missing four games with a lower-body injury. Jason Zucker was back in the lineup after missing a game with an illness. … The Wild were without D Matt Dumba, who sustained an upper-body injury in the previous game against Calgary. Dumba leads NHL defensemen with 12 goals this season. Nate Prosser took Dumba’s spot in the lineup. Prosser had been scratched the previous eight games and was playing just his third game of the season. … San Jose forward Timo Meier fought Minnesota D Greg Pateryn in the second period. It was Meier’s first career fight in 147 games. … The Sharks are 14-1-2 when leading after two periods. … The Wild have killed off all 13 of their penalties over the past seven games. They entered second in the NHL with an 85.6 percent rate on their penalty kill.
Niederreiter Scores Twice In Wild’s 5-1 Victory Over Panthers
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=859817 Nino Niederreiter scored twice, Ryan Suter had three assists and Devan Dubnyk finished with 30 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter scored twice, Ryan Suter had three assists and Devan Dubnyk finished with 30 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.
Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Jonas Brodin also scored for Minnesota, which was coming off a 7-1 win over Montreal on Tuesday. Niederreiter added an assist and has four goals in the last three games.
Denis Malgin scored his second goal of the season for Florida. James Reimer stopped 21 shots for the Panthers, who are winless in their last four games.
The Wild had lost five of six games and were looking for a spark in Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens. With captain Mikko Koivu injured, Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau moved Charlie Coyle to center between Parise and Niederreiter.
The line combined for three goals against Montreal, and they were on the ice for four of the five goals Thursday. Niederreiter, who opened the season without a goal in 14 games and had just three through 28 games, scored for the third straight contest as the Wild erased another early deficit.
Malgin scored 2:20 into the game on a rebound that Dubnyk kicked wide.
Niederreiter scored off a pass from Suter, tying the game before the first intermission. Niederreiter then crashed the net and tipped a shot by Suter past Reimer midway through the second for his sixth goal of the season.
Staal scored his 12th of the season on a nifty pass through the defense by Mikael Granlund. Minnesota scored twice in the first 3:51 of the third, with Parise scoring his 15th and Brodin his fourth of the season.
Florida has allowed five goals in three of its last four games.
NOTES: Koivu has skated with the team, but he missed his third game with a lower-body injury. F Anthony Greco was recalled by Florida from Springfield of the American Hockey League and made his NHL debut. Greco had 12 goals in 24 games for Springfield. Wild opponents have scored first in 21 of the team’s 31 games this season. Minnesota is 11-9-1 in those games. Florida is one of two NHL teams (Vegas) that has not earned a regulation win at Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center. The Wild are 10-0-1 at home against the Panthers, their longest active home point streak against any team. Granlund’s assist was his 300th career point. He ranks sixth in scoring in team history.
Dumba Scores Twice, Wild Rout Canadiens 7-1
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=859331 Matt Dumba scored twice, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and the Minnesota Wild took out some recent frustrations on the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 victory Tuesday night.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba scored twice, Devan Dubnyk made 28 saves and the Minnesota Wild took out some recent frustrations on the Montreal Canadiens in a 7-1 victory Tuesday night.
The Wild scored four times in the second period to recover from a lousy swing through Western Canada, when Minnesota dropped two of three and lost captain Mikko Koivu to injury.
Nino Niederreiter, Charlie Coyle, Eric Staal, Jared Spurgeon and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota (16-12-2), which went 4 for 4 on the power play.
Jeff Petry scored for Montreal (15-11-5), which ended a three-game winning streak.
After taking a 1-0 lead on Niederreiter’s first-period goal, the Wild exploded in the second period. Dumba started the outburst when he cashed in on the first penalty of the game. He ripped a shot off a cross-ice feed from Mikael Granlund for a 2-0 lead on the power play. Coyle made it 3-0 with a short-handed goal at 12:33. He ripped a back-handed shot past Antti Niemi.
Staal followed up his own rebound at 14:58 to make it 4-0, and with 1.7 seconds left in the period, Spurgeon added a second power-play goal with a one-timer.
Dumba added another power-play goal early in the third. He leads NHL defenseman with 12 goals and six power-play goals. Parise also scored on a power play.
The Wild lead quickly returned to six when, on another play play, Spurgeon found Parise with a blueline-to-blueline pass and Parise buried his 14th goal of the season.
Niemi made 24 saves before giving way to Carey Price. Montreal started its three-game road trip with wins over Ottawa and Chicago. The Canadiens had won four of their previous five.
NOTES: Minnesota was playing its second game without Koivu, who was injured during Thursday’s 2-0 loss in Calgary. The Wild also were in danger of losing their third consecutive home game. The last time they lost three or more games in St. Paul was March 23-28, 2017.
Draisaitl, McDavid Help Oilers Overpower Wild For 7-2 Win
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=858735 Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.]]> EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Leon Draisaitl scored twice and Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists, leading the Edmonton Oilers to a 7-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Zack Kassian, Alex Chiasson and Darnell Nurse also scored for the Oilers (15-12-2), who have won five of six. Draisaitl also had an assist on Nurse’s goal in the third period.
Cam Talbot made 31 saves to earn back-to-back victories after dropping his six previous starts.
The Wild (15-12-2) lost for the fifth time in six games. Marcus Foligno and Nino Niederreiter scored, and Alex Stalock made 22 stops in relief of an ineffective Devan Dubnyk.
Edmonton got on the board on its second shot when McDavid fed Draisaitl for his 14th goal of the season 4:14 into the first.
The Oilers made it 2-0 when Dubnyk couldn’t corral a bouncing puck and Nugent-Hopkins slipped it into net at 7:44.
Edmonton scored its third goal on six shots less than a minute later when McDavid got his 15th of the season, ending Dubnyk’s night. Minnesota got on the board just past the midway mark of the first period when Foligno got a screened shot past Talbot.
After a scoreless second period, Edmonton regained a three-goal edge on a long distance shot by Kassian.
The Wild got a goal back when Niederreiter tipped a puck past Talbot 7:32 into the third.
The Oilers made it 5-2 midway through the third when McDavid set up Draisaitl for his second goal of the game.
NOTES: Wild captain Mikko Koivu was unable to play after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Mark Giordano in their game Thursday against the Calgary Flames. Minnesota forward Zach Parise played his 900th NHL game. Forward Valentin Zykov made his debut for the Oilers after he was claimed off waivers from the Carolina Hurricanes last week.
Smith Has 31 Saves, Lindholm Scores 2 As Flames Top Wild 2-0
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=858508 Mike Smith made 31 saves, Elias Lindholm scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Thursday night.]]> CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Mike Smith made 31 saves, Elias Lindholm scored twice and the Calgary Flames beat the Minnesota Wild 2-0 on Thursday night.
Smith got his second shutout of the season and has won his past five games, including a victory in relief of David Rittich on Tuesday when Calgary rallied from 4-1 down to beat Columbus 9-6.
Lindholm got his 14th and 15th goals of the season and has 32 points in 29 games. His career high is 17 goals, reached with Carolina in 2014-15.
Johnny Gaudreau and captain Mark Giordano assisted on both goals.
Alex Stalock stopped 18 shots for the Wild.
Minnesota dropped to 1-2 on its trip to five Canadian cities, a first for the franchise.
Smith held off Minnesota on a pair of power-play chances in the second period and another to end the game.
Lindholm made it 2-0 at 1:13 of the third period when Gaudreau took a stretch pass from Giordano and dished the puck to him alone at the faceoff circle.
Minnesota won a first-period challenge of Lindholm’s goal that was ruled offside, but Lindholm scored 50 seconds into the second frame on a 2-on-1 with Gaudreau.
The Flames improved to 13-2 this season when they score the first goal and are 3-0 in December.
NOTES: With two assists, Giordano reached 407 career points and moved past Lanny McDonald into 11th on Calgary’s career list. Flames forward Michael Frolik (lower body) and defenseman Michael Stone (blood clot) and Juusu Valimaki (lower body) were scratched from the Flames lineup.
Nash Notches Goal And Assist As Blue Jackets Beat Wild 4-2
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http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=857245 Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night. Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin also scored to help the Blue Jackets move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.]]> COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night.
Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin also scored to help the Blue Jackets move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.
Nash, who signed as a free agent last summer, got his first goal in 29 games — and first as a Blue Jacket — in the second period and assisted on Markus Hannikainen’s first-period tally. Columbus has won two in a row and six out of eight.
Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored for Minnesesota, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. The Wild have lost two in a row and four of six. Granlund’s slap shot from the slot started it, putting the Wild on the board 7:46 into the game.
Hannikainen tapped in a bouncing puck later in the period to tie it.
Atkinson extended his points streak to nine games — tying his career high — when he beat Dubnyk from the right circle near the end of a power play early in the second period.
Nash scored a few minutes later, redirecting a pass from Zach Weresnki, and Panarin’s wrist shot clanged in off the right post at 11:24 to make it a 4-1 game for Columbus.
Parise got one of them back for the Wild 42 seconds later off a wrap-around, extending his point streak to six games, but Minnesota couldn’t get any closer a both teams played a scoreless third period.
NOTES: Columbus’ John Tortorella coached his 1,200th NHL game, becoming the 18th coach in league history and the fifth active coach to reach that mark. … Wild D Greg Pateryn returned after missing one game because of illness. He replaced Nate Prosser. … Columbus F Anthony Duclair was scratched in favor of F Oliver Bjorkstrand, who was a healthy scratch for the past four games. Tortorella said Duclair is “dinged up” and day-to-day. … Minnesota G Alex Stalock and Columbus D Scott Harrington each played in their 100th career NHL game. … Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois’ two assists game him 14 points in his past nine games.
Wild’s Matt Dumba Is Top-Scoring Defenseman In NHL
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/28/wilds-matt-dumba-is-top-scoring-defenseman-in-nhl/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/28/wilds-matt-dumba-is-top-scoring-defenseman-in-nhl/#respondThu, 29 Nov 2018 03:19:38 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=856971 More than seven years have passed since the Wild traded Brent Burns. Finally, there’s a reason in Minnesota to stop wincing about dealing away one of the NHL’s most potent defensemen. Matt Dumba leads all blue-liners in the league with 10 goals, a rate that translates to 34 scores over a full schedule. That’s a staggering pace that would crush the franchise record, set by Burns with 17 goals in 2010-11, his final season with the Wild. It’s doubtful Dumba can double that, but it’s clear that the $30 million, five-year contract the Wild gave him prior to this season was a worthy investment.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — More than seven years have passed since the Wild traded Brent Burns.
Finally, there’s a reason in Minnesota to stop wincing about dealing away one of the NHL’s most potent defensemen.
Matt Dumba leads all blue-liners in the league with 10 goals, a rate that translates to 34 scores over a full schedule. That’s a staggering pace that would crush the franchise record, set by Burns with 17 goals in 2010-11, his final season with the Wild. It’s doubtful Dumba can double that, but it’s clear that the $30 million, five-year contract the Wild gave him prior to this season was a worthy investment.
“It’s fun. I think it’s sustainable if I keep hitting the net and not try to do anything too tricked up or too special. Guys are kind of getting it to me more often and finding me more often,” Dumba said last week, after his two goals helped the Wild beat Ottawa 6-4.
He knocked in a wrist shot from the point in the second period to make it 4-1. In the first period, he scored on power-play one-timer in the circle from a slick feed by Mikael Granlund.
“That was an absolute muffin,” Dumba said.
Matt Dumba (credit: CBS)
Dumba became just the sixth defenseman in the last 30 seasons to reach 10 goals by the 22-game mark, according to the NHL, joining Shea Weber (Nashville, 2008), Al MacInnis (St. Louis, 1997), Ray Bourque (Boston, 1995), Gary Suter (Chicago, 1995) and Jeff Brown (St. Louis, 1992).
“He’s going to score as long as he keeps shooting the puck and hitting the net because his shot is that good,” coach Bruce Boudreau said.
In Minnesota’s 4-3 loss to Arizona on Tuesday night, Dumba had an assist to stretch his streak to seven straight games with at least one point. That’s tied for the team-record mark for defensemen to match Ryan Suter’s run in 2013.
The 24-year-old Dumba, who had 14 goals and 36 assists to go with a plus-15 rating while playing all 82 games last season, when he established career highs in almost every category. The 6-foot, 184-pound Dumba was drafted in the first round in 2012, exactly one year after the Wild traded Burns to San Jose.
“We’ve got to get him to play a little bit both ends of the ice type of thing, but scoring 10 goals as a defenseman is quite the feat,” Boudreau said.
Ah, but Dumba has come a long way on the defensive end.
“I get to watch the offensive ability and also not have to feel like there’s going to be a 2-on-1 every time he’s on the ice, because I can’t think of a time that he’s made a poor decision as far as getting in offensively,” goalie Devan Dubnyk said.
That’s how he gets paired with Suter as the Wild’s most-used duo. He’s averaging 24 minutes per game, just 45 seconds behind Suter for the team lead. Dumba’s shooting percentage is also up to a career-best 12.8, the fifth-best on the Wild, another sign of growth.
“I try not to force stuff really too much. I know that really doesn’t help anyone,” Dumba said. “It’s more of letting it come to you and when you’ve got those opportunities, take a shot and hit the net while you do it.”
Burns has averaged 55 points per season over the last seven years, and he won the Norris Trophy in 2016-17 as the NHL’s best defenseman. If Dumba keeps improving, well, he could find himself in the conversation for that award someday.
“Any defenseman will tell you it’s a tough position, tough as a young kid, because we all come from situations where you’re a dominant player or a player who could do a little more,” Dumba said. “When you play against everyone up here that kind of takes a little bit off of that. So it’s just kind of figuring out where you stand, how hard you have to work to be successful.”
Archibald Scores Twice, Coyotes Rally Past Wild 4-3
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/27/archibald-scores-twice-coyotes-rally-past-wild-4-3/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/27/archibald-scores-twice-coyotes-rally-past-wild-4-3/#respondWed, 28 Nov 2018 05:13:45 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=856739 Josh Archibald had two goals and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit and defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Tuesday night. Lawson Crouse and Michael Grabner also scored for Arizona, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Charlie Coyle, Zach Parise and Jason Zucker scored for the Wild. Jared Spurgeon assisted on all three goals, matching his career high for assists.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Josh Archibald had two goals and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit and defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Lawson Crouse and Michael Grabner also scored for Arizona, which snapped a four-game losing streak.
Charlie Coyle, Zach Parise and Jason Zucker scored for the Wild. Jared Spurgeon assisted on all three goals, matching his career high for assists.
Devyn Dubnyk, who missed Minnesota’s last game with a stomach bug, stopped 10 of 14 shots. Antti Raanta stopped 17 of 20 shots before leaving with a lower-body injury after two periods. Adin Hill stopped all five Minnesota shots in the third period.
The Coyotes didn’t register a shot on goal in the first 17 minutes of the second period. But they broke loose with a three-goal flurry in the first 8:39 of the third.
Trailing 3-1 after two periods, Arizona pulled to within one on a disputed goal early in the third. Crouse picked up a turnover in the Minnesota zone and fed Archibald, who beat Dubnyk with a wrist shot from the high slot. Minnesota challenged the goal, alleging that Archibald was offside, but video replay confirmed the call on the ice.
The Coyotes then scored twice in less than two minutes to take the lead. Grabner tied it when he took a pass from Brad Richardson, who had set up behind the net, and shot past Dubnyk.
Alix Goligoski set up the go-ahead goal when he fired a pass from behind his own net all the way to the Minnesota blue line, where Archibald split two defensemen, took the pass in stride and beat Dubnyk for his second goal of the game and a 4-3 lead for the Coyotes.
Crouse scored the first goal of the game 4:49 into the first period, but Coyle tied it up a minute later. The Wild then dominated the second period, with Parise scoring on the power play and Zucker adding an even-strength goal.
NOTES: F Nick Schmaltz made his debut with the Coyotes on Wednesday. Schmaltz was acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in a trade for forwards Brendan Perlini and Dylan Strome. … The Coyotes won for the first time (1-10-1) when trailing after two periods. … Minnesota is now 6-2-1 when leading after two. … Dumba has a point in seven straight games, tying the franchise record scoring streak for a defenseman.
Staal’s Late Goal Saves Wild In 6-4 Win Over Ottawa
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/21/staals-late-goal-saves-wild-in-6-4-win-over-ottawa/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/21/staals-late-goal-saves-wild-in-6-4-win-over-ottawa/#respondThu, 22 Nov 2018 05:17:50 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=855898 Eric Staal ensured two solid periods didn’t go to waste for the Minnesota Wild. Staal scored his second goal of the game with 5:58 left and Minnesota overcame a sloppy third period to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Wednesday night. Matt Dumba also scored twice as the Wild ended a two-game slide and won for the 12th time in 17 games. Mikael Granlund had three assists.]]> ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Eric Staal ensured two solid periods didn’t go to waste for the Minnesota Wild.
Staal scored his second goal of the game with 5:58 left and Minnesota overcame a sloppy third period to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Wednesday night.
Matt Dumba also scored twice as the Wild ended a two-game slide and won for the 12th time in 17 games. Mikael Granlund had three assists. “We gutted it out and got the job done,” Staal said. “It doesn’t matter how you do it.”
Down by three to start the final period, Ottawa’s Thomas Chabot made it 4-2 with a short-handed goal 24 seconds in. Christian Jaros scored his first career goal midway through the period, and Colin White scored 83 seconds later to tie it and send Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk to the bench.
“I’ve never made that change in my life. I don’t want to make that change,” Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. “But I thought we needed a break, and we needed something without calling a timeout. Sometimes you call a timeout and that energizes the other team because they think you’re afraid.”
On the winner, Jason Zucker controlled the puck behind the Ottawa net before blindly sending a backhand pass in front. Charging down the slot, Staal put the puck behind Craig Anderson.
Eric Fehr added an empty-net goal, and Alex Stalock made one save down the stretch to get the win.
“It just kind of feels like a waste,” said Chris Tierney, who also scored for Ottawa. “You work that hard to get back and to give it up a couple minutes later is a sour feeling.”
This was the start of a four-game trip for the Senators.
The Wild were 2 for 4 on the power play against the league’s worst short-handed team. Ottawa is at 67.1 percent on the penalty kill.
Staal scored Minnesota’s second power-play goal on a one-timer from the slot six minutes into the second period with a follow-through that dropped him to one knee for a 3-0 lead.
Dumba scored on the man advantage with 9.9 seconds left in the first period.
Minnesota has scored at least one power-play goal in five straight games (seven goals) and 10 of its past 13, going 14 for 47 in that span.
“We showed that we can score goals, but we also showed that we’re far away from having a defensive awareness and everything that we need to do defensively to be able to win games on a regular basis,” Ottawa coach Guy Boucher said.
Scoring 3.59 goals per game, Ottawa trails only Tampa Bay, but the Senators allow a league-worst 4.27.
Tierney scored on a tap-in midway through the second period to get the Senators within 3-1, but Dumba countered with a long shot late in the second.
Dumba has five goals and two assists during a career high-tying five-game point streak. His 10 goals are a league high for defenseman, and his four power-play goals are also best by a blue liner. Dumba, who had a career-high 14 last season, is on pace for 39.
“Yeah, that’d be something else,” Dumba said with a laugh. “That’s not happening.”
The Wild and Senators each have a league-high 20 goals from their defensemen.
NOTES: Jordan Greenway also scored for Minnesota. . Dubnyk had 22 saves and Anderson had 28. … Wild LW Marcus Foligno played. He left Sunday’s game after taking a shot off the outside of his right leg that caused him to briefly lose feeling in the leg. … Ottawa LW Mikkel Boedker recorded his 300th career point with an assist on Tierney’s goal.
Wild Fall At Chicago, Suffer 3rd Loss In 4 Games
https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/18/minnesota-wild-lose-at-chicago-recap/ https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/11/18/minnesota-wild-lose-at-chicago-recap/#respondMon, 19 Nov 2018 03:15:11 +0000Wild – WCCO | CBS Minnesota
http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/?p=855070 Zach Parise scored for Minnesota, which lost its second straight game and for the third time in four games.]]> CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks got off to a fast start and then leaned on Corey Crawford to pull out a sorely needed win.
Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad scored first-period goals, Crawford made 39 saves and Chicago held on to defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Sunday night.
Dominik Kahun added an empty-netter with 58.5 second left as the Blackhawks improved to 2-2-2 under coach Jeremy Colliton, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6. Patrick Kane had two assists for Chicago, 2-0-2 in its last four games.
“There’s no secret (Crawford’s) great,” Colliton said. “He can make the saves that keep you in a game.”
“I still think (Crawford) made some big stops for us tonight,” Toews added. “You always need that, especially on some crucial penalty kills.”
Crawford had to be flawless after Minnesota’s Zach Parise scored in the second period to cut it to 2-1. The Wild controlled the play throughout the rest of the game, but the goalie said he was able to see Minnesota’s shots and his teammates were limiting rebounds.
“That’s key,” Crawford said. “Box guys out and let me take the shot. We do a good job of that, taking away their players for rebounds.”
The Blackhawks seem to be slowly getting used to Colliton after 10 years under Quenneville, who is second in NHL history with 890 coaching wins.
“More and more we seem to be on the same page,” Toews said. “All five guys are kind of in the picture. It’s a process, but we’re making good headway.”
Minnesota lost its second straight game and fell for the third time in four games. Backup Alex Stalock stopped 25 shots for Minnesota as usual starter Devan Dubnyk got the night off in the second of back-to-back games.
Parise has six goals in his last nine games and has scored in two straight. His goal in a 3-2 loss to Buffalo on Saturday was the 341st of his career and made him the highest-scoring Minnesota-born NHL player.
But no other Wild player solved Crawford.
“After the first period . we were the better team,” Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. “But it’s too little, too late.
“Tonight we had the opportunities, don’t get me wrong. In the third period we had some really good chances and really good looks, but it just wasn’t there.”
Wild forward Marcus Foligno left the game at 7:13 of the third period after getting hit in the right leg by a shot by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook. Foligno crumpled to the ice and had to be helped off.
After the game, Foligno said X-rays were negative, but the impact caused him to lose feeling in his leg briefly. Foligno hopes to play Wednesday against Ottawa.
Chicago took a 2-0 lead in the first period.
Toews opened the scoring 8:26 in with a power-play tip-in from the left edge of the crease. Toews slipped past Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, and then Kane threaded a pinpoint pass from the right circle across the front of the crease to the blade of Toews’ stick.
Saad made it 2-0 with 2:31 left in the period. When Dumba couldn’t handle a wobbling puck near left wing boards, Saad powered past, drove to the net, cut across the crease and beat Stalock with a backhander.
Parked in front of the net, Parise deflected Mikko Koivu’s feed form the right corner for power-play goal at 7:56 of the second to cut it to 2-1.
The Wild dominated the rest of the period, pinning Chicago in its end for stretches and forcing Crawford to make several tough, close-in saves to maintain the lead. Crawford was tested again in the third, as Minnesota outshot Chicago 14-5.
NOTES: Kane turns 30 on Monday. The Blackhawks drafted the star forward, now in his 12th NHL season, first overall in 2007. … The Blackhawks honored broadcaster, Chicago native and 16-year NHL veteran Eddie Olczyk before the game with a “One More Shift” pregame ceremony on Hockey Fights Cancer night. The 52-year-old Olczyk was Chicago’s first-round draft pick (third overall) in 1985, and underwent surgery and follow-up treatment for colon cancer last year. … Foligno was turned on Seabrook’s shot and the puck struck him on the side of the leg where a shin guard has little protection. “I was too sore to kind of come back and didn’t have much power,” Foligno said. … Minnesota C Joel Eriksson Ek, a 2015 first-round draft pick, was back in the lineup Sunday after being a healthy scratch for the first time on Saturday. Eriksson Ek had missed six games earlier with a lower-body injury. … Chicago veteran LW Chris Kunitz was a healthy scratch. D Jan Rutta returned after sitting out two games.