Chara all action, little talk in Stanley Cup pursuit
BOSTON (AP) — Zdeno Chara didn't say much to his teammates when he showed up, as usual, one game after a puck bloodied his face and knocked him out of the Stanley Cup Final.
St. Louis Blues (45-28-9, third in the Central Division during the regular season) vs. Boston Bruins (49-24-9, second in the Atlantic Division during the regular season)
BOSTON (AP) — With a five-goal, third-period lead and the Bruins still not done scoring, the crowd in the new Boston Garden began a throaty chant of "We want the Cup!"
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Coyle scores twice, Bruins beat Blue Jackets 3-2 in OT
BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle tied it in the final five minutes of regulation and scored again with 5:15 gone in overtime on Thursday night to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the...
Coyle scores 2, leads Bruins to 3-2 OT win over Columbus
BOSTON (AP) — Charlie Coyle wasn't thinking about his first goal, which tied things up at the end of regulation.
BOSTON (AP) — Another Game 7 matchup between Boston and Toronto, another victory for the Bruins.
Joakim Nordstrom and Sean Kuraly each had a goal and assist, Tuukka Rask stopped 32 shots and...
Matthews leads Maple Leafs past Bruins 3-2 for 2-1 lead
TORONTO (AP) — With the Toronto Maple Leafs back home, Auston Matthews finally broke through against Boston.
Matthews scored his first goal of the playoffs and set up another as the Maple...
As the Minnesota Wild crawled to the end of this fruitless season, there was no more fitting way to finish.
The consecutive shutouts by Boston and Dallas gave the...
Scheifele has goal, 2 assists as Jets beat Bruins 4-3
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Mark Scheifele likes how Patrik Laine continues to fit in on the Winnipeg Jets' top line.
Scheifele had a goal and two assists, Blake Wheeler added a goal and an...
Fenton ramps up roster revamp as Wild still chase playoffs
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The patience Minnesota Wild general manager Paul Fenton exercised last summer during his first offseason in charge has yielded to a more aggressive approach.
Donato’s goal in OT gives Wild 2-1 win vs. Blues
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Struggling to stay above the cut for the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild have already seen two key forwards dealt over the last six weeks.
Bruins acquire Coyle from Wild for Donato, 5th-round pick
The Boston Bruins acquired center Charlie Coyle from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday night for center Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick that would become a fourth-round choice if the...
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."
Coyle’s third-period goal sends Wild past Golden Knights 4-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Vegas Golden Knights' home arena has a reputation among some NHL players as being one of the toughest to play in and loudest in the league.
The Minnesota Wild don't mind it a bit.
Charlie Coyle scored his second game-winning goal of the season with 5:31 remaining Monday to lift the Wild past the Golden Knights 4-2.
Minnesota, which is 4-0-1 against the Golden Knights since they entered the league, is 2-0-0 in Vegas.
Coyle scores, Wild beat Golden Knights 4-2
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Charlie Coyle scored his second game-winning goal of the season with 5:31 remaining to lift the Minnesota Wild past the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 on Monday.
With the win, the Wild moved past Colorado and Vancouver into the top wild-card slot in the Western Conference. Minnesota takes on Colorado on Wednesday, the final game before the All-Star break for both teams.
Dubnyk leads Wild past Jets 3-1 to snap 5-game skid
WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Devan Dubnyk had a bounce-back game for the Minnesota Wild.
Dubnyk stopped 26 shots to help the Wild beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 Saturday, ending a season-high five-game losing streak.
Defenseman Matt Bartkowski scored in his debut with the Wild, and Charlie Coyle and Eric Fehr also scored. Zach Parise had two assists.
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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.
Dumba scores twice, Wild rout Canadiens 7-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Reeling and banged up, the Minnesota Wild were eager to get back on home ice. They took out their recent frustrations on the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.
Matt Dumba continued his high-scoring start with two goals, Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves and the Wild rebounded from a disappointing road trip in a 7-1 victory.
"I think that's all the boys had on their mind, was kind of redeeming ourselves," Dumba said.
Koivu has goal, 2 assists; Wild crush Canucks 6-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A date with road-weary Vancouver came at the right time for the Minnesota Wild.
Mikko Koivu had a goal and two assists, and the Wild rebounded from a recent hiccup by beating the Canucks 6-2 on Thursday night.
Eric Staal and Matt Dumba had a goal and an assist, and Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter 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.
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.
Cullen powers Penguins past Blue Jackets
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Matt Cullen scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 7-3 preseason win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.
Zach Trotman, Garrett Wilson, Adam Johnson, Juuso Riikola and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh. Fourteen Penguins players recorded at least one point, led by Cullen and Zach Aston-Reese (three assists) who had three points each.
Matt Murray stopped 30 shots while playing the entire game in goal for the Penguins.
Isolate the season from those that came before it, and the Wilds performance the past six months is encouraging if not admirable.
It chipped away at an early hole to climb into one of the Central Divisions top three spots and ended up as one of the most productive teams in the Western Conference. Only one other club had a better home record in the entire league, and more than a few individuals shined.
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Wild winger Charlie Coyle had relief and frustration in his voice at the same time.
Coyle said the Wild was frustrated in its attempt to gain control in the offensive zone during the first two games of its playoff series against the Jets.
As the Wild took the ice for Tuesday’s practice, Charlie Coyle wasn’t dressed in his usual style. Instead of putting on a yellow jersey — the one he should have worn to skate alongside Matt Cullen and Jordan Greenway — the Wild forward had pulled a black defenseman’s sweater over his head.
NASHVILLE This was a different version of the Predators, with a steady and sharp group skating in place of the one that faded only three nights before in St. Paul.
Staal scores 37th goal, leads Wild over Canucks 5-2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Eric Staal is having the type of scoring surge where it seems the puck finds its way into the net whenever he shoots.
The Minnesota center scored the go-ahead goal in the second period and the Wild surged past the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Friday night.
Staal has 11 goals in his last nine games, giving him 37 for the season — just three behind Washington's Alex Ovechkin for the league lead.
About two weeks ago, Wild forward Charlie Coyle was thinking about how fortunate he had been recently since pucks and sticks had avoided his face.
All of a sudden, two games later, Boom, Coyle said. And then again. Its funny how it works. Sometimes youre lucky; sometimes youre not.
Coyles mouth is more than enough evidence to qualify him for the latter category.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek wasnt picky.
After going 50 games sans a goal, he was hoping the puck would dive into the net any way possible.
So the Charlie Coyle wind up that bounced off him and behind goalie Jaroslav Halak, the first wave of offense from the Wild in a 5-3 win over the Islanders at Barclays Center on Monday, worked just fine for Eriksson Ek.
That was very nice, what I needed, he said. Somebody just threw the puck at me and into the net. It was nice it went in.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. Jason Zucker scored twice and defenseman Ryan Suter set up a pair of second-period goals as the Wild skated past the New York Islanders 5-3 on Monday afternoon.
The road has been a challenge for the Wild all season long, but the teams latest trip got off to a successful start in front of 15,342 at Barclays Center.
This was the Wilds third road win in its last four tries, improving its record to 12-15-1.
Dubnyk, Wild blank sputtering Blackhawks 3-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk made sure the Minnesota Wild didn't let another three-goal lead slip away, especially not with a chance to keep the rival Chicago Blackhawks reeling.
Dubnyk made a season-high 44 saves, Charlie Coyle scored twice and the Wild beat the Blackhawks 3-0 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu also scored in the first period for Minnesota, which is 9-0-3 in its last 12 home games. It was Dubnyk's fourth shutout of the season and No. 28 for his career.
Times are changing in the Central Division.
The Jets are challenging for their first ever first-place finish, while the Avalanche last seasons worst team is in contention for a playoff spot.
As for the Blackhawks, one of the dynasties of the decade, theyve slumped to the bottom.
Amid this round of musical chairs, the Wild has managed to remain in the competitive sector of the hierarchy.
DALLAS Throughout the summer and during the season, Wild forward Charlie Coyle practices his shot.
He focuses on accuracy, quickness and how much muscle he can pack into it.
I work on my shot so much that I should use it, Coyle said. Its like stupid not to [when] you work on it that much.
Thats what Coyle reminded himself of during the recent All-Star break, and the message clearly resonated with the versatile 25-year-old.
Wild get rare road win, top Blue Jackets 3-2 in shootout
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — It was a long night on the road for the Minnesota Wild.
This time, it was worth it.
Zach Parise and Chris Stewart scored in the shootout, and the Wild beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-2 on Tuesday.
Devan Dubnyk had 28 saves for Minnesota (27-18-5), which earned its 10th road win of the season. Jason Zucker scored his 20th goal, and Charlie Coyle added his fifth in the third period.
The Wild still has more than 35 games remaining in the regular season and is in the midst of a too-close-to-call playoff race.
But in the coming days, forward Charlie Coyle will be relaxing in Mexico while winger Marcus Foligno soaks up the sun in Arizona.
“Pretty cold here,” Foligno said. “So looking forward to some nice weather.”
NHL’s unique All-Star format might mean a snub for Wild’s stellar Eric Staal
Before he even made his own NHL debut, Tyler Ennis said he remembered watching Eric Staal in the league. Charlie Coyle called Staal an older presence in the locker room. Even Devan Dubnyk remarked on how Eric Staal has been doing it for so long.
Hes only the fourth-oldest player on the Wild roster, guys.
Just once since the middle of November has the Wild exited Xcel Energy Center after a game empty-handed, a remarkable 11-1-1 run responsible for almost half of the teams total points.
But one of the Wilds challenges as it begins the second half of the schedule is to figure out how to take its act at home on the road, with a meeting Saturday against the Avalanche in Denver its next opportunity to try to translate that prowess.
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.
Wild forward Charlie Coyle knew center Eric Staal was on the ice, a goal shy of three as the Panthers net stood unprotected.
But with a defender closing in on him, Coyle flung a shot down the ice putting the finishing touches on a commanding 5-1 win over the Panthers on Tuesday.
It was the safe play, he said, and, yeah, I wanted to get him the puck obviously. But I think hes OK with it.
Cullen, Staal each score 2 in Wild’s 5-1 win over Panthers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild marked Zach Parise's season debut after recovering from back surgery with a relentless performance typical of the star forward.
Matt Cullen and Eric Staal each scored twice and the Wild beat Florida 5-1 Tuesday night, snapping the Panthers' five-game winning streak. Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves and Charlie Coyle added an empty-netter to help Minnesota win for the third time in four games.
Wild clear Zach Parise to make regular-season debut
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been cleared to make his season debut, after missing the first 39 games because of back trouble.
Parise told reporters after practice on Monday afternoon that he's "got the green light" to play for the Wild on Tuesday night against Florida. Parise skated on a line with Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart. He played in one game on a conditioning assignment last week for the Wild's AHL affiliate in Iowa.
Granlund gets game-winner; Wild beat Stars 4-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikael Granlund helped the Minnesota Wild get a big win over a division foe.
He scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and the Wild beat the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night.
Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, which won for just the second time in six games. Charlie Coyle had two assists and Alex Stalock made 24 saves.
Staal’s 2 goals help Wild rally past Senators 6-4
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The slumping Minnesota Wild looked a little more like a Western Conference contender by the end of Tuesday night.
Eric Staal scored twice, Nate Prosser had a goal and an assist and the Wild rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Ottawa Senators 6-4.