Murray Oliver, a five-time All-Star who briefly coached the Minnesota North Stars, has died from a heart attack. He was 77. Oliver, who died on Sunday, played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs and North Stars in a career that started in 1957 and ended in 1975.
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.
Marco Scandella scored at 1:01 of overtime after missing two games with an illness to give the Minnesota Wild a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday. Minnesota was reeling after blowing a 3-0 lead in the third period and getting outplayed by the scrappy Jets.
Mikael Granlund scored 40 seconds into the third period and the Minnesota Wild held on to beat the Dallas Stars 2-1 on Saturday. Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen had stopped Charlie Coyle’s shot from the top of the right circle, but Granlund beat
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.
The National Football League and NFL Players Association may be preparing to battle over Adrian Peterson’s immediate future. The league has declined to reinstate the star running back from the commissioner’s exempt list until the league has reviewed the case. The union, however, believes Peterson should be removed from the list now that his legal matter has been resolved.
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.
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When the NHL schedule came out this past summer the Minnesota Wild knew they had their work cut out for them. Eight of their first nine games were against teams that made the playoffs last season. A strong start could give the Wild an edge in the Central Division while a slow start could derail their playoff hopes before the month was even finished.
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.
Whew! I’m not sure how the rest of you Wild fans are doing today, but I’m feeling a bit worn out. Monday night felt like a big hit to the gut with that pathetic performance by the Wild in the third period at Madison Square Garden.