Friday was MPR Day at the Great Minnesota Get-Together. MPR did live radio broadcasts at Carousel Park throughout the day. And despite the weather there were still plenty of things going on in the rain, and plenty of stories to share.
Patrick Kane scored on a backhand at 9:40 of overtime to lift the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 6 to clinch their second-round Western Conference series on Tuesday night.
History has a tendency to repeat itself. For the third playoff series in a row, the Minnesota Wild went into Game 3 at Xcel Energy Center looking for their first win, being down two games to none. And thanks to a pair of Finns, the Wild got that victory on home ice, defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 4-0. Chicago now leads the series two games to one with Game 4 on Friday night.
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Erik Haula and Mikael Granlund scored goals less than 3 minutes apart early in the third period, and the Minnesota Wild recovered from a sluggish start for a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series.
Erik Cole scored on a breakaway with 4:49 to play, and the Dallas Stars rallied to defeat the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Saturday night. Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen was injured in a collision with the Wild’s Erik Haula at 6:37 of the third period. Newly acquired goalie Tim Thomas earned the win in his Stars debut in relief.
The 8th annual Hockey Day Minnesota took place on Saturday starting with a trio of high school games in Elk River, Minn. That was followed by a game at Mariucci Arena between Ohio State and Minnesota, with the nightcap taking place at Xcel Energy Center between the Minnesota Wild and the Dallas Stars.
Nate Prosser scored his third career goal at 2:42 of overtime, lifting the Minnesota Wild over the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night. Prosser netted the winning score for the second time in as many games, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots. Erik Haula and Ryan Suter also scored for the Wild. Ryan Garbutt and Alex Chiasson scored for the slumping Stars, who have only one win in their last nine games. Kari Lehtonen made 16 saves.
The final count is in for the Minnesota men’s hockey team. The Gophers have lost five players early to the pros.
Adam Wilcox made 23 save and Erik Haula had a goal and two assists Saturday as Minnesota beat Bemidji State 4-3 to earn a share of the MacNaughton Cup.
Erik Haula scored two goals to lead top-ranked Minnesota to a 4-2 win over St. Cloud State on Friday in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.
Erik Haula had a goal and an assist and Adam Wilcox tossed the shutout as Minnesota beat Air Force 4-0 Saturday in the semifinals of the Mariucci Classic men’s college hockey tournament.
Alexander Krushelnyski had two goals and an assist in the third period as Colorado College rallied from a three-goal deficit to earn a 4-4 tie with Minnesota on Saturday.
Erik Haula had a goal and an assist as Minnesota beat Nebraska-Omaha 3-2 Saturday to earn a split of their Western Collegiate Hockey Association series.
One of many keys to the Gopher hockey team’s run to the Frozen Four has been the production of Eric Haula.