Zucker, Dubnyk lead Wild past Lightning 3-0
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Zucker kept putting the puck in the net for the Minnesota Wild. And, Devan Dubnyk refused to let any get by him.
Zucker scored all three of Minnesota's goals for his...
Wild win 2nd straight road game, beat Red Wings 3-2
DETROIT (AP) — Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau was asked about this upcoming stretch, when the Wild will face some of the top teams in the NHL.
Parise scores go-ahead goal, Wild snap 4-game losing streak
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Riding a four-game losing streak, playing without team captain Mikko Kiovu for the rest of the season because of a knee injury and seeing their grip on a wild-card playoff berth slipping, the Minnesota Wild needed players to step up in coach Bruce Boudreau's 900th game.
It wasn't surprising leading goal-scorer Zach Parise come through. The stunner was what the Wild's third line of Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin did.
Staal scores twice, Wild ride 5-2 win over Avs into break
DENVER (AP) — Eric Staal and the Minnesota Wild have their timing down. Too bad they can't pass on the down time.
Staal had two goals, including the tiebreaker on a second-period power play, Devan Dubnyk made 20 saves and the Wild rolled into the All-Star break by beating the slumping Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Wednesday night.
"You certainly wish you could keep playing if they're going to play like that," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It was really fun to watch."
Parise scores 20th goal, Wild beat Blue Jackets 2-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau believes the typical sense of urgency to make a playoff push is hitting teams earlier than normal this season.
It certainly seemed that way for the Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night. Disappointing home losses and tightening standings have a way of doing that.
"The sense of urgency is there," Boudreau said. "I've got to believe it's going to be quite a race from here on in."
Zucker’s goal in shootout seals Wild’s 3-2 win over Kings
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker knew just what he wanted to do on his turn in the shootout.
Zucker scored on that backhand in a shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 3-2 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
"It wasn't the prettiest game we've ever played," Zucker said, "but we did what we had to do. We battled. I thought we were skating pretty well."
Zucker, Wild hold on to beat Jets 3-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Jason Zucker is squarely among the skaters Minnesota needs more production from over the second half of the schedule to return to the playoffs, a responsibility that's not lost on him or anyone else on the Wild.
After a morning meeting of reassurance from coach Bruce Boudreau, lo and behold, Zucker responded with two goals.
Spurgeon leads Wild past Senators 4-3
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Jared Spurgeon and the Minnesota Wild turned a tough start into a nice win.
Spurgeon scored twice to help the Wild beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Saturday.
Jordan Greenway and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild (20-17-3), who improved to 2-0 on a four-game trip. Devan Dubnyk stopped 24 shots.
Niederreiter scores twice as Wild beat Panthers 5-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The move by Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau to put Charlie Coyle at center between Zach Parise and Nino Niederreiter is paying off.
Niederreiter scored twice, Ryan Suter had three assists and Devan Dubnyk finished with 30 saves as the Wild defeated the Florida Panthers 5-1 on Thursday night.
Staal caps Wild comeback in 4-2 win against Jets
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau let out a big sigh.
An impressive rally in an emotional game drained the veteran coach.
Eric Staal scored with 2:31 remaining to send Minnesota to a 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in an edgy, penalty-filled matchup on Friday.
Nino Niederreiter, Eric Fehr and Zach Parise also scored for the Wild, who trailed 2-0 after two periods. Alex Stalock made 26 saves while filling in for Devan Dubnyk, who was scratched with an illness.
Minnesota defeats Anaheim 5-1 for fourth win in past 5 games
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Long road trips can be daunting for any team, yet the Minnesota Wild are making it look easy.
The Wild, who are on a franchise-record, seven-game trek, got their fourth win in six stops, defeating the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Friday night.
Minnesota got two goals and an assist from Mikael Granlund as it won its ninth in its last 11.
Fehr, Brodin get first goals of season; Wild beat Kings 4-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Fourth-liners Eric Fehr and Marcus Foligno teamed for an awkward goal early and played some tough defense late.
Fehr and Jonas Brodin scored their first goals of the season, and the Minnesota Wild won their fourth straight by beating the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Thursday night.
Empty-net goals by Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu accounted for the final margin. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots and had an assist.
Granlund scores in OT, Wild beat Lightning 5-4
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Finishing a tiring stretch with four games in six nights, the Minnesota Wild twice faced a two-goal deficit in the first to the dangerous Tampa Bay Lightning.
Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau has learned a very important lesson about his team in the early part of this season, though. The Wild know they can come back from slow starts.
Mikael Granlund scored 3:43 into overtime and Minnesota beat Tampa Bay 5-4 on Saturday night.
Suter has winning goal, 2 assists as Wild beat Stars 3-1
DALLAS (AP) — Ryan Suter joked that he was trying to bank the puck off a Dallas defenseman and into the net.
Suter scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had two assists as the Minnesota Wild beat the Stars 3-1 on Friday night.
Dallas goalie Ben Bishop had stopped a shot by Eric Staal, but the puck went into the left corner. Suter sent the puck back in front, and it ricocheted in off the Stars' Esa Lindell with 7:06 left to put the Wild up 2-1.
Johansen, Forsberg lead Predators over Wild 4-2
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen and the Nashville Predators are off to a solid start this season.
Scoring first has been a big key.
Johansen and P.K. Subban each had two assists, and the Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Monday night for their fifth win in six games.
"It's early in the season, you're trying to get your game in order," Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. "Hopefully just continue to get better."
After quiet summer, Wild aim for deeper run in rugged West
LAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Third in Central Division. Lost to Winnipeg Jets in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (third season, 12th NHL season).
ADDED: RW J.T. Brown, C Eric Fehr, C Matt Hendricks, RW Matt Read, D Greg Pateryn, D Matt Bartkowski.
LOST: C Matt Cullen, LW Tyler Ennis, RW Daniel Winnik.
COLUMBUS, Ohio Wild coach Bruce Boudreau spelled out the issue to his players.
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COLUMBUS, Ohio How the picture of perfection was ruined hasnt been forgotten.
We were doing a really good job in the first period, then we had the dumb giveaway, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau recalled. Next thing you know its in the back of our net.
The Fort Wayne Amateur Hockey Association announced it will have a 3-day hockey camp and coaches clinic featuring Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, a former coach and player with the Komets, June 15-18 that will have a maximum of 160 players.
TAMPA, Fla. As more games are logged, providing clearer definition to each teams case to be included in the NHLs postseason, the Wilds outlook only seems to get murkier.
PITTSBURGH – Amid an up-and-down season in which losses have been almost as common as wins, the Pittsburgh Penguins haven’t consistently skated as the powerhouse that became reigning back-to-back Stanley Cup champions.
How Zach Parise’s usage, opportunities to score have changed under Bruce Boudreau
Wild winger Zach Parise isn’t a “big believer” in analytics. Don’t expect the 33-year-old to give you much insight into Corsi percentage or high-danger shot opportunities.
The Wild hasnt played a game in almost a week, but plenty has changed since the last time it suited up.
The Komets' three-man goaltending situation is no more. The NHL's Arizona Coyotes have reassigned Sean Maguire, sending him from Fort Wayne to Utah of the ECHL. Maguire had played only twice with the Komets, going 0-2-0 with a 4.78 goals-against average and a .842 save percentage.
The sound bites from Wild coach Bruce Boudreau in the midst of a drill during practice are brief directions from center ice as players fan out on each side of him.
Ryan Suter, Devan Dubnyk lead Wild past Blackhawks, 2-1
CHICAGO (AP) — The Minnesota Wild overcame a shaky start for a timely victory against a division rival.
Ryan Suter gave Minnesota the lead on a 4-on-4 early in the third period, Devan Dubnyk made 34 saves and the Wild held off the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Wednesday night to end a two-game slide.
Niederreiter’s hat trick fuels Wild in 6-2 win vs Sabres
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter's return made the Minnesota Wild whole again, just in time for the second half of the season.
He turned this into quite the celebration.
Niederreiter marked the end of his five-game injury absence with his second career hat trick, Mikko Koivu contributed a goal and two assists, and the finally fully healthy Wild beat the Buffalo Sabres 6-2 on Thursday night.
Reintroducing winger Zach Parise to the Wild lineup immediately upgrades the teams top-nine look even if it will take time for the 33-year-old to get up to speed after missing the seasons first 39 games because of a herniated disc and subsequent back surgery.
Had the order been reversed and the Wild closed out the week and 2017 with a pair of wins after beginning it with a loss, the sentiment would be different.
Saros’ 29 saves lead Predators over Wild 3-0
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Juuse Saros stepped in for Pekka Rinne and delivered a gem for Nashville.
Saros made 29 saves for his second shutout this season, P.K. Subban scored his ninth goal and the Predators beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Saturday night.
Saros was quick to credit the players in front of him following the game.
"They were better in front of our net," the Finn said. "We didn't give them as much chances as yesterday. I think we were more active today."
NASHVILLE – A three-day timeout from hockey certainly looks like it galvanized Wild winger Mikael Granlund — what with four goals, including a hat trick and game-winner Friday, and seven more shots on goal Saturday among his contributions since the Wild reconvened after the Christmas break.
Granlund’s second 3-goal game leads Wild past Predators 4-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — As the Minnesota Wild swarmed Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne early, Mikael Granlund was at the center of the action.
Granlund's aggressiveness was a sign of things to come for the Finnish forward and Minnesota in an important divisional game. Granlund had the second three-goal game of his career and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves in his first start since Dec. 12 to help the Wild beat Nashville 4-2 on Friday night.
Mikael Granlund’s hat trick leads Wild over Nashville in first game of back-to-back
Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said ahead of his teams rematch with the Wild on Friday that he was trying to forget the 6-4 blow-up loss the Predators last month at Xcel Energy Center.
It was a very frustrating loss for us, he said. But were past that now.
Even if the Wild didnt evolve into the franchises most successful version through the regular season a year ago a surge that only seems to validate a culture insistent on excellence expectations in the aftermath would have been the same.
TAMPA, Fla. Coach Bruce Boudreau doesnt forget about the late-game collapses that have haunted the Wild this season.
Instead, he catalogs them tallying up the missed opportunities and how theyve affected the teams position in the NHLs pecking order.
SUNRISE, FLA. The pregame take on the Panthers was that they like to throw pucks on net, more than most in the NHL.
But Wild goalie Alex Stalock wasnt just fighting off rubber.
Huberdeau scores twice as Panthers top Wild 4-2
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — One impressive play by Jonathan Huberdeau fueled a solid rally for the Florida Panthers.
Huberdeau scored two goals, James Reimer made 29 saves and the Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Friday night.
Vincent Trocheck and Connor Brickley also scored for Florida, and Aleksander Barkov had two assists. It was the Panthers' first win over the Wild since a 2-1 victory on Jan. 3, 2016.
SUNRISE, FLA. - When Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was sidelined with injury last week, coach Bruce Boudreau figured the absence of his starter wouldn’t be felt immediately.
OTTAWA – After watching defenseman Matt Dumba operate last season and make the most impact he has ever had offensively on the Wild, coach Bruce Boudreau believed Dumba could accomplish much more.
“He’s a potential 20-goal scorer on defense,” Boudreau said.
Zach Parise huffed and puffed as he entered the Minnesota Wild locker room after Friday's practice, the first time he has fully worked out with the team since surgery more than seven weeks ago to remove a herniated disk.
Wild gets Jared Spurgeon back; Matt Dumba remains paired with Ryan Suter
CHICAGO The loss of defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a groin strain last month put the spotlight squarely on the teams blue line and whether it could withstand the absence of a top-pairing minute muncher.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock gets first chance at regular time in nets in NHL
Never in his NHL career has goalie Alex Stalock been on the brink of regular, uninterrupted action like this, a shuffle of the hierarchy caused by an injury to No. 1 Devan Dubnyk.
But the influx of playing time hasnt changed Stalocks outlook.
Just when it looked like the Wild was inching closer to trimming its injured list, another key player joined the mix — the latest blow to a team that’s been hounded by adversity all season long.
“We’ve handled it so far,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “So hopefully we’ll continue to do it.”
Wild eyes victory over Ducks as streak-starting spark
ANAHEIM, Calif. A reign of dominance over the opposition isnt a prerequisite for admission to the playoffs, but stringing together wins certainly doesnt hurt.
Dumba scores in OT to give Wild 3-2 win over Ducks
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Matt Dumba is hardly the player most likely to score in overtime. The defenseman has just three goals this season for Minnesota.
But two of them have been game-winners in OT this week, the second coming Friday night to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.
"I think he likes overtime," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "He's such a good skater and he gets to roam a little bit. It works out really well for him."
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Joel Eriksson Ek is still quite shy with the media. The 20-year-old Swede is extremely soft-spoken, usually keeping his answers short and to the point.
LOS ANGELES — With the Minnesota Wild still scrapping for points as they work they way back to relevance in the Central Division standings, coach Bruce Boudreau was hopeful a three-game West Coast road trip resulted in six points.
ANAHEIM, Calif. When hes back among the palm trees, sandy beaches and ocean breezes, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau doesnt have a favorite spot to revisit.
Underperforming Wild trying to pick up the defensive pace
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher sounded like the concerned parent of a needing-to-be-punished teenager recently when he was assessing for reporters his team's performance nearing the one-third mark of the season.