Nash Notches Goal And Assist As Blue Jackets Beat Wild 4-2Riley Nash had a goal and an assist, Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Thursday night. Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin also scored to help the Blue Jackets move ahead of Washington for the Metropolitan Division lead.
Wild's Matt Dumba Is Top-Scoring Defenseman In NHLMore than seven years have passed since the Wild traded Brent Burns. Finally, there's a reason in Minnesota to stop wincing about dealing away one of the NHL's most potent defensemen. Matt Dumba leads all blue-liners in the league with 10 goals, a rate that translates to 34 scores over a full schedule. That's a staggering pace that would crush the franchise record, set by Burns with 17 goals in 2010-11, his final season with the Wild. It's doubtful Dumba can double that, but it's clear that the $30 million, five-year contract the Wild gave him prior to this season was a worthy investment.
Archibald Scores Twice, Coyotes Rally Past Wild 4-3Josh Archibald had two goals and an assist, and the Arizona Coyotes rallied from a two-goal, third-period deficit and defeated the Minnesota Wild 4-3 on Tuesday night. Lawson Crouse and Michael Grabner also scored for Arizona, which snapped a four-game losing streak. Charlie Coyle, Zach Parise and Jason Zucker scored for the Wild. Jared Spurgeon assisted on all three goals, matching his career high for assists.
Staal's Late Goal Saves Wild In 6-4 Win Over OttawaEric Staal ensured two solid periods didn't go to waste for the Minnesota Wild. Staal scored his second goal of the game with 5:58 left and Minnesota overcame a sloppy third period to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4 on Wednesday night. Matt Dumba also scored twice as the Wild ended a two-game slide and won for the 12th time in 17 games. Mikael Granlund had three assists.
Wild Fall At Chicago, Suffer 3rd Loss In 4 GamesZach Parise scored for Minnesota, which lost its second straight game and for the third time in four games.
Zach Parise Becomes Highest-Scoring Minnesotan In NHL History In Wild's 3-2 Loss To SabersJason Pominville scored with 1:30 remaining and the Buffalo Sabres extended their winning streak to five games with a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. Rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin had his second career goal and added an assist for Buffalo, which rallied from a two-goal deficit to post its longest winning streak since 2012. Jake McCabe also scored and Linus Ullmark made 37 saves for the Sabres.
Koivu Has Goal, 2 Assists; Wild Crush Canucks 6-2Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists, and the surging Minnesota Wild beat the road-weary Vancouver Canucks 6-2 on Thursday night. Eric Staal had a goal and an assist, and Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Matt Dumba and Jason Zucker also scored for the Wild, who had a season high in goals. Ryan Suter had two assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves. Minnesota has won four of five and 11 of 14.
Wilson's Return Sparks Capitals In 5-2 Win Over WildThe Washington Capitals woke up in Minnesota for the start of a four-game road trip with a pleasant surprise: Tom Wilson was back. So was the vigor for the Stanley Cup champions, who've started their title-defense season rather slowly.