Parise returns with 2 goals; Wild beat Jets 5-1
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota raced off to a big lead against Winnipeg on Tuesday, and then started watching the scoreboard to see if its faint playoff hopes would survive another...
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.
Flyers top Wild 7-4 for 2nd victory in last 11 games
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — James van Riemsdyk recorded a hat trick, and Nolan Patrick had two goals and two assists to lead the Philadelphia Flyers to a 7-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Monday night.
Wayne Simmonds also had two goals for the Flyers. Carter Hart had 34 saves.
It was just the second win in the last 11 games for Philadelphia, which began Monday with the fewest points in the league.
Jason Zucker, Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter scored for Minnesota.
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.
After he finished with the handshake line and acknowledged the officials, Wild center Matt Cullen looked up into the crowd and then banged his stick on the ice.
As he inched closer to the tunnel that snaked away from the rink toward the Wilds dressing room, the offseason and the future teammate Marcus Foligno patted Cullen on the shoulder.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Nick Foligno sent the text message on Sunday to his family members , promising an enjoyable evening of experiencing and watching the NHL playoffs.
"This is going to be a big night for the Folignos," he tapped out on his smartphone.
Injury to Jets defenseman Tyler Myers after collision with Marcus Foligno causes mini-controversy
As soon as Marcus Foligno came off the ice Monday, Canadian reporters surrounded the Wild forward. They wanted to ask the Wild winger about his collision with Winnipeg defenseman Tyler Myers in Sundays Game 3, when Myers went down hard in front of the Jets bench and had to be helped off the ice.
DALLAS – The Wild hasn’t experienced much turnover with its forward group lately.
Forward Jordan Greenway is getting an opportunity to play since the team wants to get a read on his potential before the season ends, and the effectiveness of the fourth line has merited wingers Daniel Winnik and Marcus Foligno sticking with center Joel Eriksson Ek.
But with 13 healthy forwards available, someone has to be on the outs.
Dubnyk, Foligno lead Wild over Coyotes
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — It took Devan Dubnyk 11 games to get his first NHL win. On Saturday night, the veteran goalie earned No. 200.
Dubnyk stopped 30 shots and Marcus Foligno scored the tiebreaking goal midway through the third period, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Coyotes.
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.
Birth of Zach Parise’s son is part of Wild’s baby boom
Wild winger Zach Parise scrapped his normal pregame routine.
No morning skate, no team meeting, no nap.
Instead, he spent the day at the hospital for the birth of his third child before changing into a suit and departing for Xcel Energy Center for a Feb. 8 game against the Coyotes.
Dubnyk saves 32 as Wild hold on for 3-2 win over Rangers
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Devan Dubnyk and the Minnesota Wild are getting plenty of practice in defending three-goal leads.
Dubnyk made 32 saves, and Minnesota's three-goal advantage held up for the third straight game as the Wild beat the New York Rangers 3-2 on Tuesday night.
Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Marcus Foligno all scored in the first 6:17 for the Wild, who ran their home point streak to a franchise-record 13 games (10-0-3).
Wild score 6 straight goals to knock off Blues 6-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikko Koivu was embarrassed. His teammates on the Minnesota Wild were simply angry after a dismal performance Saturday in a five-goal loss at Dallas.
"It was something you want to forget right away and move forward," Koivu said.
The Wild did just that on Tuesday night.
Jason Zucker tied a career high with his 22nd goal and Devan Dubnyk made 35 saves to help Minnesota to a 6-2 win over the St. Louis Blues.
COLUMBUS, Ohio When he catches a glimpse of his brother across the ice, Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno flashes back to the past and remembers the kid he grew up with all those years ago.
A giant, 10-year-old Marcus, he said. It will always be 10-year-old Marcus.
The two never played organized sports together, Nick said, but there were games with mini-sticks and times when they put holes in the wall.
But his favorite memory was watching the Wild winger make it to the NHL.
Parise scores 1st goal, Wild beat slumping Lightning 5-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All of a sudden, Tampa Bay is no longer playing like the best team in hockey.
Zach Parise scored his first goal of the season and the Minnesota Wild beat the slumping Lightning 5-2 on Saturday night.
Jared Spurgeon, Nate Prosser, Marcus Foligno and Jason Zucker also scored for Minnesota, playing its first game after a five-day break. Matt Cullen had an assist for his 700th career point.
When the puck lands on Wild center Joel Eriksson Eks stick, his objective is protection and possession.
Hold on to the puck and try to move the puck, he said.
This focus hasnt led to an outburst of offense for Eriksson Ek, but what it has done is give the Wild the man advantage and helped even up its discrepancy between power plays and penalty kills. That lopsided comparison could continue to be corrected amid more efforts like Eriksson Eks.
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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.”
DENVER – In grinding through the first half of the season amid steady subtraction because of injury, the Wild’s depth took a hit.
So did its ability to roll out a balanced attack.
Both have begun to resurface now that the team has everyone available to compete, but a healthy lineup isn’t the only reason why.
Contributions from the fourth line have also been a key to helping the team find some much-needed cohesiveness.
The arrival of winger Zach Parise retooled the entire Wild lineup, delivering new combinations and stoking the intrigue about what the top nine could look like when winger Nino Niederreiter also gets healthy.
KANATA, Ontario – As Gustav Olofsson defended winger Zach Parise in front of goalie Steve Michalek, Wild winger Marcus Foligno surveyed the action from along the boards before skating over to assist Parise.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was so frustrated with his teams power play and overall lack of emotion Thursday night that he decided to send a message.
Trailing Nashville by three goals, Boudreau benched his top two power-play units, inserting Marcus Foligno, Joel Eriksson Ek and Chris Stewart.
Sometimes you throw somebody else out, and it gets them really mad at you, and then they go out and play, Boudreau said.
The Wild has enjoyed this climb from the bottom of the Central Division standings, but there was still an uneasy air hovering over Bruce Boudreaus team at Wednesdays practice.
Devan Dubnyk cant stop every shot forever. Eventually, his three-game shutout streak will end, and Jason Zucker might not rescue everyone with his recent scoring touch.
Hours before the Wild played Montreal on Thursday, coach Bruce Boudreau laid out a few expectations. He noted that Wild forward Matt Cullen had started to get his legs and was playing better, and he thought defenseman Matt Dumba would bounce back from a poor effort Tuesday.
Boudreau also anticipated the Canadiens would get out to a fast start in their only game this season at Xcel Energy Center. That turned out to be the only thing the coach got wrong, as the Wild pummeled Montreal 6-3.
Staal, rookies power Wild to 6-4 win against Islanders
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A quick start, two rookies contributing and some scoring opportunities while on the penalty kill helped the Minnesota Wild recover from a dreary loss at home.
Eric Staal had a goal and assist, Luke Kunin and Zack Mitchell each scored their first NHL goals, and Minnesota beat the New York Islanders 6-4 on Thursday night.
WINNIPEG – Marcus Foligno had to reach back quite a ways to recall the last time he wore a full cage mask. “I was 15,’’ the Wild forward said. “I was used to it my whole life before then, so it’s just something you’ve got to get used to again.’’
Marcus Foligno sported a new look at Wild practice Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.
On the ice, he wore a full cage for the first time since he was 15. And when he took it off afterward, he displayed a big purple bruise under his left eye.
Oh, she loves it, Foligno said of his wifes reaction to the cosmetic aspect of his injury. She wouldnt say that, but she had some words. But thats part of the game, and she knows that.
The Wilds practice session Tuesday was quieter than usual, which didnt come as a surprise. The level of noise tends to decline when a team has only eight healthy forwards on the ice.
The roster remains so thin that assistant coach Darby Hendrickson supplemented the ranks for a second consecutive day. That allowed the Wild to assemble three makeshift lines for a practice at Xcel Energy Center, while it waits for news about ailing forwards Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno.
Wild forward Charlie Coyle out 6-8 weeks with broken leg
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle will be sidelined six to eight weeks after breaking his right leg Thursday night at Chicago.
Forwards Nino Niederreiter and Marcus Foligno also were injured in the 5-2 victory. The Wild said Friday that Niederreiter is out at least three weeks with a left high ankle sprain, and Foligno will be out at least a week with a broken facial bone.
FELDY: It starts for real tonight, Phersy. We begin to find out if trading Jason Pominville and Marco Scandella is addition by subtraction, and if adding defensive forward Marcus Foligno and the oft-injured Tyler Ennis are addition by ... addition. The Wild open their season in Detroit, and help the Red Wings open the new Little Caesars Arena. Minnesota's lineup will look markedly different than it did a year ago, including the absence of Zach Parise, who will miss at least the team's first road swing with a back injury.
The Wild are loaded again, starting Boudreau’s 2nd season
LAST SEASON: 49-25-8, 106 points. Won Metropolitan Division. Lost 4-1 to St. Louis Blues in Western Conference quarterfinals.
COACH: Bruce Boudreau (second season, 11th NHL season).
ADDED: C Matt Cullen, LW Marcus Foligno, RW Tyler Ennis, D Kyle Quincey.
LOST: D Marco Scandella, RW Jason Pominville, C Erik Haula, C Martin Hanzal, D Christian Folin, D Nate Prosser, C Ryan White, G Darcy Kuemper.
Wild agree to terms with LW Foligno on 4-year, $11.5M deal
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent left wing Marcus Foligno on a four-year, $11.5 million contract.
The Wild announced the deal Thursday, the day before they take the ice for the start of training camp. Foligno will make $2 million this season, $3 million in 2018-19, $3.5 million in 2019-20 and $3 million in 2020-21 for an average annual value of $2.875 million.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Marcus Foligno has left the leap behind in Buffalo.
That doesn't mean his offensive production can't or won't continue to rise in Minnesota.
Gionta scores in 1,000th game, Sabres beat Panthers 4-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres captain Brian Gionta was presented with a silver-plated stick before the opening faceoff of his 1,000th career game on Monday night.
Afterward, Gionta received a puck to go with it: The game-winner, in fact.
The 15-year NHL veteran celebrated his milestone evening by scoring what stood as the decisive goal in a 4-2 win over the Florida Panthers.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Evander Kane and the Buffalo Sabres ended a three-week tailspin by rallying from a three-goal deficit to beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-3 on Saturday night.
"We played like we had nothing to lose, and maybe we should start doing that more often," said Kane, who scored the go-ahead goal on a power play with 2:29 remaining.
Kane’s goal sparks Sabres’ 6-3 win over Coyotes
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Rather than lament blowing yet another third-period lead, Ryan O'Reilly and the Buffalo Sabres finally did something about it.
O'Reilly's no-look backhand pass set up Evander Kane for the go-ahead goal with 5:36 remaining, and Marcus Foligno and Sam Reinhart scored empty-netters in the final two minutes to secure a 6-3 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday night.
Ryan Spooner scores twice in 3rd, Bruins beat Sabres 4-2
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Ryan Spooner scored twice in the final four minutes and the Boston Bruins beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-2 on Thursday night.
Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci also scored in the opening game of a home-and-home series. Krejci also had an assist, and Tuukka Rask made 31 saves to help the Bruins snap a two-game losing streak.