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.
The NHL is facing an unusual outbreak of the mumps. So far, about a dozen players on four teams have been diagnosed with the illness that usually strikes children. It started in Anaheim and plagued the Ducks, who had three players affected. It then moved to the Minnesota Wild, who had five victims.
The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson. The ban was handed down by the league’s Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild’s 5-4 home win over New York. Scandella struck Nelson with 2:28 left in the game and was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards. The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.
Nino Niederreiter tapped in the go-ahead goal with 4:33 left and capped a furious comeback by the Minnesota Wild in a 5-4 win over the New York Islanders 5-4 on Tuesday night. The Wild trailed 3-0 after the first period and 4-1 at the second intermission, but they were fired up midway through the game. Defenseman Keith Ballard was sent to a hospital after his head bounced hard on the ice, following a hit from Matt Martin.
Matt Beleskey scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period to give the Anaheim Ducks a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday night. Ryan Kesler had two goals, and Jakob Silfverberg and Tim Jackman also scored for the Ducks, who rallied after giving up a 3-0 lead and trailing 4-3 early in the third period.
Ryan Suter missed his first game since signing with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night, due to an illness. A day later, the Wild found out what that illness is. And it’s an all-too familiar issue. “Yeah,” Coach Mike Yeo said. “He’s got the mumps.”
Vladimir Tarasenko scored the lone shootout goal, and the St. Louis Blues rallied to beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Saturday night. It was Tarasenko’s second post-regulation winner in two nights. He scored in overtime on Friday to give St. Louis a victory over Edmonton.
Marco Scandella scored the winning goal 2:04 into overtime, after Thomas Vanek pulled Minnesota even late in regulation, and the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 after blowing a three-goal lead on Friday night. Scandella poked a loose puck past Kari Lehtonen from close range to hand the Stars their eighth straight overtime loss at home.
Dustin Brown’s goal and assist helped ignite a four-goal first period, Martin Jones earned his fifth career shutout, and the Los Angeles Kings beat the Minnesota Wild 4-0 on Wednesday night. Mike Richards, Tyler Toffoli and Justin Williams also scored for the Kings, who won on the road for just the second time this season.
After it appeared they had blown a regulation victory, the Wild players were relieved and excited to pull out a late win. Jason Zucker scored with 45.4 seconds left to lift Minnesota to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night. “It was a little bit of relief and happy we were able to bounce back and get out of here with two points,” Zucker said.
The Minnesota Wild have assigned goalie Josh Harding to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. The move was made Tuesday after Harding cleared waivers. The 30-year-old was taken off injured reserve Monday. He hasn’t skated with the Wild this season. Harding broke his right foot in an incident off the ice a few days before training camp and was put on a suspended list.
Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He’s out with a concussion and Minnesota scored two goals in three straight losses without him.
Tuomo Ruutu and Mike Cammalleri scored second-period goals that helped the New Jersey Devils end a four-game losing streak with a 3-1 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night. Travis Zajac sealed the victory with a power-play score into an empty net in the closing seconds. Jaromir Jagr had two assists. Cory Schneider made 23 saves in his 16th straight start. He is the only NHL goalie to start every game this season.
Charlie Coyle just signed a three-year, $15-million contract with the Minnesota Wild. How did he get there? He grew up in the Boston area and paid the price every day. There were no short cuts. “I just always tried to do little things on and off the ice. I played prep school, public high school, juniors in high school,” Coyle said.
Mike Hoffman scored twice and Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots to lead the Ottawa Senators over the Minnesota Wild 3-0 Thursday night. Clarke MacArthur also had a goal for the Senators. Anderson earned his second shutout this season and the 28th of his career. Niklas Backstrom made 14 saves for Minnesota. The Wild have outshot their opponents in all 12 games this season, but they’ve lost their past two.
Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise has a concussion that will keep him out indefinitely. Parise did not travel with the Wild on their three-game road trip, starting Thursday in Ottawa. Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the diagnosis to reporters after the team’s morning skate, calling the injury “obviously a big blow” to the Wild. Parise was hurt Tuesday during a 4-1 defeat by Pittsburgh. Yeo said the concussion came on during the course of the game.
Mikko Koivu and Jason Pominville scored in the shootout and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 Thursday night. Kyle Brodziak scored twice in the third period and Koivu in the second period for Minnesota, which for the second straight game overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit to win.
Marco Scandella scored with 5:53 remaining as the Minnesota Wild rallied for three goals in the third period to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Tuesday night. One night after allowing five goals in the third period and blowing a 3-0 lead in New York against the Rangers, the Wild were at the opposite end of a surprising comeback in Boston.
Referee Dave Lewis has left Minnesota’s game at Boston after he was hit in the face with a puck. Lewis was hit in the first period Tuesday night. The NHL issued a statement at the second intermission saying Lewis was being evaluated by medical personnel and would not return.
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.