The thought going into this series was that the Minnesota Wild finally had enough depth on their roster to compete with, and beat, the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs. Instead it was the Blackhawks showing the Wild that they still have a long way to go.
After losing 4-3 and 4-1 in Chicago against the Blackhawks, the Wild are back in St. Paul Tuesday. And a home ice advantage couldn’t be more important for Mike Yeo’s team.
The first period of Game 1 versus Chicago couldn’t have started worse for the Minnesota Wild. The Blackhawks had the Wild skating on its heels and the defense looked lost on the ice. It only took 1:15 before Brandon Saad scored to give Chicago a 1-0 lead.
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Before the Wild were making playoff runs — and before the Wild even existed — Brad Maxwell came to Minnesota to play hockey on a national scale. Now, years later, he’s created his own life after hockey in Minnesota that’s proven to be just as satisfying.
The last time the Minnesota Wild scored a hat trick at the Xcel Energy Center was November 2014. Nino Niederreiter scored three goals against Buffalo. So, Lindsey from Maplewood asks: What happens to the hats people throw on the ice after a hat trick?
There is not much left to be said after the 6-1 shellacking that the St. Louis Blues dished out to the Minnesota Wild in Game Four of the NHL Playoffs, except this: The team that forgets quickly can bounce back quickly. “We know we didn’t play well, they played really well,” Wild forward Ryan Suter said.
With an 8:30 p.m. start at the earliest for Game 4 of the NHL Playoffs, it’s going to be tough for folks to get to sleep after this one is over. What will be the keys to Wednesday night’s matchup? Start with what you don’t do.
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There is not a more beloved or colorful character in the game of ice hockey. Since 1958, Dr. George Nagobads has stitched up and healed players from Golden Gophers to Olympic gold medalists.
As the series shifts back to St. Paul tonight for game three, another key to the series has emerged and it’s one that Minnesota needs to take care of if they want to win the series and move on to the next round. The Wild have to find a way to stop St. Louis forward Vladimir Tarasenko.
Five-hundred-sixty-two miles separate the Minnesota Wild from their fans. But in downtown St. Paul Thursday, playoff excitement still had that home-ice feel. “This is where you go,” St. Paul resident Linda Eichinger said. “Hockey fans, we’re together and we’re going to celebrate them no matter if they’re in town or away.”
If you haven’t jumped on the Wild bandwagon yet, here’s your open invitation, and now’s the perfect time to hop on board.
You can point to Devan Dubnyk as the biggest reason the Wild are in the playoffs. And you’d be right. But give Thomas Vanek a lot of credit, too. Sure, point to the arrival of Dubnyk for Minnesota’s resurgence.
Win and you’re in. Sounds easy enough right? But when it comes to the Minnesota Wild it seems nothing is easy. The Wild had a chance to clinch a playoff spot Monday night in front of a sell-out crowd at the Xcel Energy Center, but the team couldn’t score and ended up getting shut out 2-0 by the Winnipeg Jets.
The Minnesota Wild have put themselves on solid footing for the playoffs. They’re not in yet, though. The determination and desperation they’ve played with the last few months must be maintained to clinch a wild-card spot and have momentum for the postseason.
Zach Parise scored the tying goal midway through the third period, then added another in the shootout to help the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Islanders 2-1 Tuesday night for their 10th straight road win. Parise’s shootout attempt hit the post to the right of Jaroslav Halak and trickled in after it bounced off the goalie’s leg.
Tomorrow, the Gopher women’s hockey team will go for its third national championship in the last four years… at their home rink.
Boston College junior forward Alex Carpenter has won the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given annually to the top player in women’s college hockey. The award was presented Saturday at the University of Minnesota, the site of the NCAA championship. Carpenter beat finalists Hannah Brandt, a junior forward for Minnesota.
Alex Ovechkin scored two goals, helping lift the Washington Capitals past the Minnesota Wild 3-2 on Thursday night. Evgeny Kuznetsov also had a goal, and Braden Holtby stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Capitals won their third straight.
Devan Dubnyk found a pretty good way to forget his poor past against St. Louis. Win.
Brock Bertram finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Tre Jones scored 12 more to help Apple Valley hold off Champlin Park 64-61 and claim its second 4A boys state championship in the last three years on Saturday night.
Edina senior forward Dylan Malmquist has been named the Minnesota Associated Press Player of the Year for high school boys hockey.
The Hamline men’s hockey team has completed a remarkable turnaround to reach the NCAA Division III tournament. The Pipers were placed in the 11-team field on Monday, having received an automatic bid for winning the MIAC tournament.