Hurricanes rally past Islanders to take 2-0 series lead
NEW YORK (AP) — Outplayed for much of the first two periods while losing players to injuries, the Carolina Hurricanes scored two quick goals early in the third period and held on for another big...
NEW YORK (AP) — Jordan Staal got the Carolina Hurricanes off to a winning start in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
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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...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes knew they had to shake off an ugly performance to keep pace in the playoff chase, and the schedule gave them a quick chance to do just...
Aho scores in OT, Hurricanes beat Panthers 4-3
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — For the second time in 10 days, the Carolina Hurricanes came from behind to beat the Florida Panthers.
Sebastian Aho scored at 1:46 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes to...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho had a short-handed goal and an assist, and the Carolina Hurricanes beat the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Friday night in a matchup between two of the NHL's hottest...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Sebastian Aho watched Jake Allen chase the puck into the corner but never broke stride heading for the net.
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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.
Niederreiter leads Carolina past Edmonton, 3-1
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter kept scoring goals for his new team. Curtis McElhinney kept up his mastery of the Edmonton Oilers.
They pushed the Carolina Hurricanes closer to playoff position.
Niederreiter scored two goals, McElhinney stopped the final 40 shots he faced, and the Hurricanes beat the Oilers 3-1 on Friday night.
"Every single game matters a lot," Niederreiter said, "so we've got to make sure we even win the close ones."
Teravainen, Niederreiter lead Hurricanes over Canucks 5-2
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Alex Nedeljkovic's first NHL start could not have gone much better.
The young goalie made 24 saves and Nino Niederreiter scored twice as the Carolina Hurricanes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 5-2 on Wednesday night.
Nedeljkovic got called up this month when Curtis McElhinney sustained a lower-body injury. The 23-year-old netminder was 20-5-2 with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.
Niederreiter, Wallmark score lead Hurricanes past Oilers 7-4
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — It didn't take long for Nino Niederreiter to fit in with the Carolina Hurricanes.
Niederreiter and Lucas Wallmark each scored twice to lead the Hurricanes to a 7-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers on Sunday night.
Acquired from Minnesota on Friday, Niederreiter got his first goals with Carolina.
Wild trade Niederreiter to Hurricanes for Rask
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — After patiently approaching his season in charge of the Minnesota Wild, general manager Paul Fenton has taken his first steps toward remaking the roster.
If the Wild don't pick up the pace in the Western Conference race, more moves could be coming soon.
The Wild traded left wing Nino Niederreiter to the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday for center Victor Rask, a swap of underperforming but still-young players on long-term contracts between teams under new regimes.
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."
Bertuzzi gets first hat trick; Red Wings beat Wild 5-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Tyler Bertuzzi had a memorable milestone game and helped the Detroit Red Wings get a needed win.
Playing in his 100th career game, Bertuzzi recorded his first career hat trick and the Red Wings beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 for their second win in 11 games.
Bertuzzi completed his three-goal performance at 8:38 of the third period, converting a feed from Gustav Nyquist by lifting a backhand past Devan Dubnyk.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Make no mistake: Dustin Byfuglien still creates most of his highlights in black and blue. In Winnipegs first-round playoff series against the Wild, the Jets behemoth has made his biggest impression with his monstrous, memorable hits, a trend he continued by flattening Wild forward Nino Niederreiter on the first shift of Sundays Game 3.
WINNIPEG The Wild doled out a league-low 1,367 hits in the regular season, but it had no trouble responding to the physical tone set by the Jets in Game 1 a vibe the team is prepared to keep matching as the best-of-seven series, which Winnipeg leads 2-0, progresses.
Pretty much what we expected, winger Jason Zucker said. Theyre a physical team. I think we have some guys that play pretty physical, as well, so I think we knew it was going to be kind of that way.
ANAHEIM, Calif. Earlier this season, the Wilds offense tended to flow from the same sources.
Take November, when the team potted 44 goals. More than half of those, 24 to be exact, were courtesy of forwards Eric Staal, Jason Zucker and Nino Niederreiter.
Those three have remained among the Wilds top goal scorers, but others have joined the pack most noticeably winger Zach Parise.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Turris scored the only goal in the shootout to lift the Nashville Predators over the Minnesota Wild 2-1 Tuesday night to snap a three-game skid.
The win clinched the Predators home-ice advantage for the first round of the playoffs. They also moved three points ahead of Tampa Bay in the chase for the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs.
Roman Josi scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.
Bruce Boudreau notches 500th career win as Wild erases early deficit to beat Predators
It looked like the puck was going to disappear into Nashville goalie Pekka Rinnes glove and join the legions of other shots that had been gobbled up this season by one of the NHLs best in the blue.
Instead, Rinne bobbled the puck an error on the catcher that triggered a game of pinball before Nino Niederreiter hit jackpot when he slung it into the twine after posting up in front of the net.
Thats where the magic happens, and thats where we have to go to be successful, the Wild winger said.
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.
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.
The Wild is hoping that old clich of third times a charm proves to be true.
For just the third game this season, the Wild was at full strength against the Vegas Golden Knights on Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Winger Nino Niederreiter was the final holdout; a left ankle bone bruise has caused him to miss the past eight games. The same injury also kept him out for five games in late December and early January.
At full strength for the first time, the Wild flexed its skill like it rarely had so far this season.
And the final player to return to the lineup was the star of the 6-2 rout of the Sabres on Thursday night in front of 19,017 at Xcel Energy Center, a victory that improved the Wild to an eye-popping 11-1-1 over its past 13 games at home and 22-16-3 (47 points) overall at the midway point.
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.
Zach Parise made his season debut Tuesday night. Nino Niederreiter likely will rejoin the lineup on Thursday. The injury list, for now, will become a blank sheet of paper.
The Wild finally looks whole again. Now its time to see what it can do with a complete cast.
We do have a full roster back, said goalie Devan Dubnyk, who recently spent time on the injury list. This is it. This is us. Weve got to get it together and string a bunch of wins together.
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.
Niederreiter gives Wild 4-3 win over Sharks in OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter was frustrated at losing the puck during overtime. Once he got it back, he wasn't going to let another opportunity pass.
Niederreiter scored 3:26 into the extra period and the Minnesota Wild beat the San Jose Sharks 4-3 on Sunday night after squandering a three-goal lead.
Eric Staal scored twice and Ryan Murphy added a goal as the Wild extended their winning streak over the Sharks to four games.
Wild’s talent stream has dried up in recent seasons
An influx of youth and veteran talent came to the Wild during the labor-shortened 2012-13 season. Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signed identical 13-year deals over the July 4th holiday. Jason Pominville was acquired during the season in a trade.
Defenseman Jonas Brodin debuted as a 19-year-old rookie that year. Forwards Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund also made their NHL debuts, while Jason Zucker got a longer look than the six games he had played the season before.
ST. LOUIS When the Wild has scored lately, theres been little surprise whos been behind the celebration.
Wingers Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker were behind 12 of the teams past 17 goals after the Wild outlasted the Avalanche 3-2 in a shootout Friday at Xcel Energy Center.
But someone else has also been heavily involved in the attack just not as a finisher.
Coyle, Stewart score in shootout; Wild beats Avalanche 3-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Three forwards have been doing the bulk of the recent scoring for the Minnesota Wild.
Two of them scored in regulation Friday, but two other players scored in the shootout to give the Wild a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.
Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart scored against Jonathan Bernier in the one-on-one competition and Alex Stalock stopped Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen as Minnesota improved to 6-1-1 in its past eight games.
The Wild stuck with the same formula.
Winger Nino Niederreiter scored.
So did the power play.
And the team received the saves from its goaltender this time, backup Alex Stalock when it needed them most, a combination that yielded a 3-2 shootout win over the Avalanche during a matinee meeting Friday at Xcel Energy Center that improved the Wild to 6-1-1 in its last eight games.
Forwards Charlie Coyle and Chris Stewart scored in the shootout, while Stalock turned aside both shots he faced.
While he was celebrating yet another goal by raising his arms to the rafters, Wild winger Nino Niederreiter was also spinning like a top as he sat on the ice after taking a shove to the back.
His momentum stopped in front of linemate Eric Staal and when Niederreiter rose to his skates for a group hug after his second goal in a 5-4 win Wednesday over the Sabres, a layer of ice shavings covered his hockey pants.
Niederreiter extends scoring streak in Wild win
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Nino Niederreiter and Mikael Granlund helped the Minnesota Wild end a two-game skid.
They each scored two goals to lead the Wild to a 5-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.
"We were sloppy for a long time and had the lead and gave them life again," Niederreiter said. "It was always back and forth. At the end of the day, it was good that we closed them out but it definitely wasn't as good as we wanted to play."
A Mike Reilly slapshot went wide and then another was blocked.
But the Wild wasn’t deterred.
And after captain Mikko Koivu’s throw from along the half-wall made it to the crease, the puck kept bouncing around amid pressure from winger Mikael Granlund until winger Nino Niederreiter could bury it past Capitals goalie Braden Holtby.
Wild, Dubnyk hold off Flyers for third shutout in a row
After three long days of anticipation and speculation as to whether Jason Zucker would match or break the NHL record for consecutive goals, it only took Nino Niederreiter 12 seconds to go on and steal his linemates thunder.
Dubnyk earns 3rd straight shutout as Wild beat Flyers 3-0
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — One streak ended for the Minnesota Wild, but another one was extended to a franchise record.
Devan Dubnyk posted his third straight shutout with 30 saves and Nino Niederreiter scored 12 seconds into the game for Minnesota in a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.