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WCCO Saturday Morning Links & Recap (April 18)

From hockey to baseball to bikes and records, there’s a whole lot going on this weekend, and WCCO Saturday Morning has got you covered!

04/18/2015

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With The Wild Away, Fans Fill Downtown St. Paul For 1st Playoff Game

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.”

04/16/2015

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Blues To Start Allen In Goal To Open Playoffs Against Wild

The St. Louis Blues are going with the hot hand in goal to start the playoffs, choosing rookie Jake Allen over veteran Brian Elliott. The 24-year-old Allen was 5-1-1 with 1.32 goals against average and .950 save percentage in his last eight games.

04/15/2015

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NHL Playoffs: Western Conference First Round Preview

There’s nothing quite like playoff hockey and it’s finally time to break down the field that gets the opportunity to battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

04/15/2015

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NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference First Round Preview

There’s nothing quite like playoff hockey and it’s finally time to break down the field that gets the opportunity to battle for Lord Stanley’s Cup.

04/14/2015

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Burnsville Man Charged With Selling Fake Wild Tickets

The Minnesota Wild are going to the NHL playoffs, but police say they’re worried some fans are being taken for a ride. Police believe there may be at least 40 cases of fraudulent tickets, and they think 28-year-old Ahmed Dahir of Burnsville is behind the tickets.

04/09/2015

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Simple Switch Producing Big Results For Wild’s Vanek

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.

04/09/2015

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Wild Blog: Win And You’re In

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.

04/07/2015

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Wild Wary Of Letting Up With Playoff Spot Not Quite Secure

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.

04/03/2015

BOSTON, MA - MAY 03: David Krejci #46 of the Boston Bruins loses his helmet in a scuffle with members of the Montreal Canadiens in the third period in Game Two of the Second Round of the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden on May 3, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

NHL Playoffs: Six Potential Matchups We’re Dying To See

The hits are getting harder, the intensity is ramping up and it’s almost time for the best part of the NHL season.

03/26/2015

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Wild Blog: Finding Ways To Win

It is amazing to me how this Wild team just keeps finding ways to win, and the fan in me is loving every minute of it! We just keep climbing up those playoff ranks and just take a moment to let these next stats sink in a little bit.

03/06/2015

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CBS Local Sports’ 2014 Stanley Cup Final Predictions

It’s LA vs. NYC. It’s Quick vs. Lundqvist. It’s west coast vs. east coast and with that being said … let the games begin! Here are our predictions for what is sure to be an unforgettable and thrilling Cup Final.

06/04/2014

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The Wild Season Was………..

Take 2 seconds to vote on the Morning News Poll. CLICK THE LINK ABOVE TO VOTE.

05/14/2014

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The Wild, Like Fans, Don’t Want Play-Off Party To End

It’s been a stomach-churning couple weeks for the Minnesota Wild and their fans. The team was decided underdogs against the Colorado Avalanche, and much more so against the Chicago Blackhawks.

05/13/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-13-14

To listen to highlights from today’s program, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

05/13/2014

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Niederreiter: The Wild’s ‘Difference Maker’

Two hours before Game 7 in Colorado, Nino Niederreiter sat alone in the stands. Just a man, his thoughts and his hockey sticks. It’s a routine he started a few years ago and does before every game; sitting in the seats, taping his sticks and getting focused.

05/10/2014

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Wild’s Keith Ballard On Playoffs, Fishing Opener

in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Keith Ballard helped the Minnesota Wild limit the Chicago Blackhawks, which is a big part of the game plan. “I think with their personal … there’s more shots that become dangerous. They don’t always have to be odd-man rushes or back-door plays or stuff like that – they’ve got a lot of skill in their lineup,” Ballard said.

05/09/2014

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Wild Blog: 2 Finns Lead Wild To Game 3 Victory

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.

05/07/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-7-14

Miss something from today’s show? CLICK THE LINK above to head to Dave Lee’s PODCAST PAGE.

05/07/2014

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Wild Aim To Break Playoff Losing Streak Against Chicago

The Minnesota Wild are at a point where they are counting on the home ice carrying them. “That’s the plan. We know in the first round we played pretty well here and we’re excited to play here. But, you know, that doesn’t guarantee much,” said forward Zach Parise.

05/06/2014

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Wild Bring Defenseman Keith Ballard Back To Lineup

The Minnesota Wild have returned defenseman Keith Ballard to the lineup for Game 3 of their Western Conference semifinal against Chicago. Coach Mike Yeo confirmed the change after the pre-game skate Tuesday. Ballard replaced Nate Prosser on the third blue line pair.

05/06/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-6-14

Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum and St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman among Dave’s guests today….listen to those interviews and other highlights by CLICKING THE LINK ABOVE!

05/06/2014

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Wild Gearing Up To Host Blackhawks At Xcel Center

The Minnesota Wild is in familiar territory Tuesday night as it hosts the Chicago Blackhawks at Xcel Energy Center in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals. The Wild trail Chicago 2-0 in the best-of-seven playoff series, but the good news for Wild fans as the team returns home is that they are 3-0 on home ice in the postseason so far.

05/06/2014

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PODCAST PAGE: The WCCO Morning News With Dave Lee 5-5-14

The CEO of Target Corp. steps down. Dave Lee discussed it this morning….for those interviews and others, CLICK THE LINK ABOVE.

05/05/2014

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Blackhawks C Shaw Out For Game 2 Against Wild

Center Andrew Shaw will miss Game 2 of the Chicago Blackhawks’ playoff series against the Minnesota Wild due to a lower-body injury.

05/04/2014

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