Former University of Minnesota star and Twin Cities native Jordan Leopold is coming home to the Minnesota Wild. Just hours before the end of the NHL’s trade deadline, the Wild made a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets to acquire Leopold.
Justin Fontaine broke a second-period tie, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 33 shots, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night.
The “Miracle on Ice” was a triumph years in the making under the careful, demanding and creative guidance of coach Herb Brooks. Some of the documents that were part of the improbable U.S. victory over the Soviet Union during the 1980 Winter Olympics are now for sale, along with a bunch of other belongings of the late hockey great.
Thomas Vanek had two goals and an assist, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots to lift the surging Minnesota Wild past the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 on Saturday night. Minnesota nearly blew a three-goal lead during a sloppy second period, but Dubnyk helped the league’s fourth-best penalty kill unit stymie a four-minute power play to prevent Carolina from tying it.
Just one month ago, the Wild were a mess after losing 12 out of 14 games to fall to third-worst in the Western Conference. Buoyed by the acquisition of goalie Devan Dubnyk, the Wild have zoomed back into playoff contention with a 9-1-2 record over their last 12 games.
The Minnesota Wild got their sixth straight win Monday night, but it came at a price with two players suffering significant injuries. The Wild announced Tuesday that Jason Zucker, the team’s second-leading scorer with 18 goals, is out with a broken collar bone.
Jason Pominville and Ryan Suter scored power-play goals, and Devan Dubnyk earned another victory in the net, guiding the Minnesota Wild past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Monday night for their sixth straight win in regulation.
The Minnesota Wild announced Monday that goalie Devan Dubnyk has been named the NHL’s First Star of the Week after a pair of shutout wins last week.
Charlie Coyle scored and Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 shots for his fourth shutout in nine starts with Minnesota, leading the Wild to a 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
At long last, Minnesota will finally get the chance to host an outdoor NHL game next season. The Wild will play the Chicago Blackhawks in one of the NHL’s two “Stadium Series” games. The match-up is set for Feb. 21, 2016 at TCF Bank Stadium. “A real thrill,” Wild CEO Matt Majka said. “And happiness. And a little relief maybe, too, because we’ve been waiting a long time.”
Devan Dubnyk stopped 25 shots against his former team, and Jason Zucker and Zach Parise both scored their 16th goal of the season to lead the Minnesota Wild past the Arizona Coyotes 3-1 on Saturday night. Charlie Coyle also scored for the Wild (20-19-5), who won their second straight after dropping seven of eight.
Alright Wild fans, are you back on the bandwagon yet? I, of course, never got off. But was last night’s win enough to get you back to believing in this team? It was enough for WCCO-TV reporter Rachel Slavik, who sent me the following text after last night’s game:
Devan Dubnyk stopped 18 shots in his Minnesota debut, Jason Pominville had three assists against his former team, and the Wild snapped a six-game skid with a 7-0 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night. The Sabres extended their losing streak to nine — all decided in regulation. No NHL has done that since the Edmonton Oilers lost nine straight in regulation from Feb. 25 to March 15, 2007, according to STATS.
The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter for two games, without pay, for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Steve Downie. Suter struck Downie on Tuesday night at 4:22 of the second period. The NHL handed down the punishment on Wednesday.
On Jan. 2, the Minnesota Wild defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 3-1. The hope at the time was that winning the first game in 2015 would be a springboard to another playoff berth much like last year, when Minnesota defeated Buffalo in their first game of 2014. Instead, the Wild have lost six-straight games and find themselves eight points out from the final playoff spot.
Hockey Day Minnesota is this Saturday. High school, college and pro teams will play outside throughout the day on a specially-made rink. It’s a celebration of the state’s official sport that an estimated 100,000 Minnesotans play.
David Perron scored twice and added an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins by the reeling Minnesota Wild 7-2 on Tuesday night. Paul Martin, Kris Letang and Chris Kunitz each had a goal and an assist for the Penguins. Marcel Goc and Brandon Sutter also scored for Pittsburgh.
Defenseman Ryan Suter has been selected to represent the Minnesota Wild at the NHL All-Star Weekend Jan. 24-25 in Columbus, Ohio. It is the second All-Star appearance for Suter. Suter has one goal and 21 assists in 38 games this season for the Wild, the fourth-most points by a Minnesota player.
Calle Jarnkrok scored a tiebreaking goal early in the third period and the Nashville Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Saturday. Mike Fisher and Colin Wilson also scored for Nashville, which improved to 9-1-2 in its past 12 games and has a league-best 60 points. Pekka Rinne made 36 saves.
It’s a rough and tumble, fast and physical game played on a sheet of ice. But former National Hockey League players are engaged in another role inside the Burger Federal Courthouse in St. Paul.
If the Minnesota Wild are going to bounce back from another December swoon, they’ll need Darcy Kuemper to return to his early season form. Kyle Brodziak, Jared Spurgeon and Mikko Koivu scored, Kuemper made 34 saves, and the Minnesota Wild beat the short-handed Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on Friday.
Wayne Simmonds scored the go-ahead goal late in the second period, lifting the Philadelphia Flyers to a 5-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night for their third straight win. Vincent Lecavalier, Claude Giroux, Sean Couturier and Michael Raffl also scored for the Flyers, who have won the first three games of an eight-game road trip that spans 15 days.
Loui Eriksson’s goal 1:30 into overtime gave Boston a 3-2 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, only the second victory for the Bruins in eight games and the fourth loss for the Wild in the past six. Carl Soderberg, who set up the winner with a cross-crease pass in front of Wild defenseman Marco Scandella, scored early for the Bruins along with Patrice Bergeron.
Patrick Kane scored a tiebreaking power-play goal with 3:28 left, and the Chicago Blackhawks bounced back to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-3 on Tuesday night for their 13th win in 15 games. Kane’s centering attempt from behind the net — intended for Patrick Sharp — struck the skate of Minnesota defenseman Jonas Brodin and carried into the net.
Zach Parise had a tying power-play goal late in the third period, and then scored in the shootout to help the short-handed Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu’s shot into the roof of the net in the third round of the shootout won it, after Niklas Backstrom stopped Tobias Rieder’s attempt.
Jamie Benn scored in the second period, Carey Price made 31 saves, and Canada beat the United States 1-0 Friday night in the semifinals of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.
Icy stares, bone-crunching checks, even a skirmish or two in front of the net. USA faced off against Russia on Feb. 15, 2014.