Marchand and the Bruins visit the Wild
Boston Bruins (48-23-9, second in the Atlantic Division) vs. Minnesota Wild (37-34-9, sixth in the Central Division)
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...
Wild end 5-game slide with 4-1 victory over the Rangers
NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Parise and his newest teammate got the Minnesota Wild a much-needed win.
Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New...
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.
Reinhart scores to give Sabres 5-4 shootout win over Wild
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres coach Phil Housley could overlook the blown leads and the defensive miscues.
What mattered more was how Buffalo persevered behind goalie Linus Ullmark's 41 saves and forward Sam Reinhart capping a two-point game by scoring the lone shootout goal in a 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.
"We've got to learn to tighten it up, but I'll give the guys credit, we found a way to win," Housley said.
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."
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.
Zach Parise breaks tie, Wild edge Maple Leafs 4-3
TORONTO (AP) — With just one win in seven games the Minnesota Wild needed a lift. Zach Parise provided it.
Parise broke a tie off a turnover early in the third period and the Wild rallied to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 on Thursday.
"It's been some tough sledding for us," Parise said. "We played a pretty solid game."
Auston Matthews lost the puck to Parise, who beat goalie Michael Hutchinson high over his glove at 4:21 for his 18th goal of the season. Minnesota overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-2.
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.
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.
Wild score 3 power-play goals in 3-2 win over Canucks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A big advantage on special teams was the difference Tuesday night for the Minnesota Wild.
Ryan Suter and Jason Zucker scored 55 seconds apart late in the second period and the Wild converted on all three of their power plays, beating the staggering Vancouver Canucks 3-2 to stop a three-game slide.
"Three goals on the power play, that's the recipe for a win on the road. It's a good two points for us," said Mikael Granlund, who had two assists.
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.
Blackhawks build early lead, beat Wild 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad scored first-period goals, Corey Crawford made 39 saves and the Chicago Blackhawks held on to defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Sunday night.
Dominik Kahun added an empty-netter with 58.5 second left as the Blackhawks improved to 2-2-2 under coach Jeremy Colliton, who replaced Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6. Patrick Kane had two assists for Chicago, 2-0-1 in its last three games.
Crawford registers 39 saves, Blackhawks beat Wild 3-1
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks got off to a fast start and then leaned on Corey Crawford to pull out a sorely needed win.
Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad scored first-period goals, Crawford made 39 saves and Chicago held on to defeat the Minnesota Wild 3-1 on Sunday night.
Granlund scores in third to lift Wild over Blues 3-2.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Mikael Granlund opened the season with a trio of forgettable games.
"I hardly ever touched the puck," the Minnesota Wild forward recalled.
Those days are long gone.
Granlund scored his team-high 10th goal of the season in the third period to lift the Wild over the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday.
Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves, and the Wild got their fifth win in six games and 10th in their past 12. They completed a franchise-record seven-game road trip at 5-2.
Parise reaches 700 points, Wild top Kings 3-1
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Zach Parise hit another milestone in his distinguished career Thursday night. He was more pleased about helping teammate Nico Niederreiter out of a prolonged scoring drought.
Parise had a goal and an assist to reach 700 points, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
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Granlund scores late to lift Wild over Oilers 4-3
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — As they embark on their longest road trip ever, the Minnesota Wild managed to bounce back from a loss in Vancouver despite playing for the second night in a row.
Mikael Granlund scored with 5:48 left, Eric Staal had a goal and two assists, and the Wild beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Tuesday night.
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.
Zucker’s OT goal gives Wild 4-3 comeback win vs. Blackhawks
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild started the season sluggishly, with a four-day break on the schedule following two flat performances.
The spark came midway through this matchup with division rival Chicago, with a big push by Jason Zucker.
Ryan Suter tied the game with 23 seconds left in the third period and Zucker scored in overtime, rallying the Wild past the Blackhawks 4-3 on Thursday night.
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.
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.
The Wild has appeared in the playoffs six consecutive seasons, one of only three NHL teams that can claim that accomplishment. Those six appearances also ended with quick exits.
Wild owner Craig Leipold must decide if hes content with regular-season consistency or fed up with playoff flops. This feels like a crossroads moment for Leipold and his organization.
PHERSY: Hey, Feldy, the feelgood vibes the Minnesota Wild radiated after Game 3 of their Western Conference playoffs opening-round series are all gone now. To put it mildly, the Wild are on life support after falling to the Jets on Tuesday at Xcel Energy Center. They’re in a 3-1 hole, and they’ll play the rest of the postseason without Zach Parise, who suffered a broken sternum and is expected to miss four to six weeks. The loss of Parise is devastating for a team already struggling to put the puck in the net. Feldy, is there even a 1 percent chance this team can rally from this 3-1 deficit? Or can the Wild start dusting off the golf clubs (not that they can use them in Minnesota)?
Zach Parise didn’t make it to Game 4 because of a fractured sternum. Eric Staal luckily avoided a fractured neck on a cheap shot. Mikael Granlund left the game briefly to have a cut on his chin repaired.
The Wild was battered, bruised and bleeding Tuesday night. And now it finds itself on the brink of an offseason vacation, too.
Game 4 was a real kick in the gut for an organization that continues to spin its wheels in the postseason.
Wild lose Parise for multiple weeks to broken sternum
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild were hit with a major setback in their first-round playoff matchup with Winnipeg, a broken sternum for left wing Zach Parise suffered in the last game that will keep him out for at least the remainder of the series and likely longer if they advance.
The Wild revealed the injury about three hours before Game 4 against the Jets, with a vague announcement on Tuesday by general manager Chuck Fletcher that declared Parise's status as "week to week."
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way, just as the Winnipeg Jets were expecting.
The 24-year-old goalie turned aside every shot Minnesota could muster, shoving the Wild to the brink of elimination.
Mark Scheifele scored both goals for Winnipeg and Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his seventh shutout this season, as the Jets beat the Wild 2-0 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round playoff series.
More adversity didnt come as a surprise.
After all, this is the 2017-18 version of the Wild a team beleaguered by bouts of injury, inconsistency and inexperience.
But after losing winger Zach Parise to a fractured sternum, it got worse for the Wild Tuesday.
The team is on the brink of elimination after the Jets secured a 2-0 win in Game 4 in front of 19,277 at Xcel Energy Center to go up 3-1 in the first-round, best-of-seven series.
Now thats how you make a statement. By showing pride and toughness, and a willingness to not back down from physical challenge.
Backed into a corner, the Wild came out swinging. Not literally, like in the final seconds of Game 2. Wild players displayed a different kind of fortitude Sunday night.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild returned home from Winnipeg and regrouped to roar back in their first-round playoff series.
The Jets were a late arrival for Game 3 in more ways than one.
Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise had power-play goals in the first period for the spark that was missing on the road, and the Wild scored four times in the second to beat the Jets 6-2 on Sunday night.
"We're here to play," goalie Devan Dubnyk said, "and we're fully capable of pushing hard."
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.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild made sure the bad news didn't defeat them.
Their season-ending road trip sure feels a little lighter now, with a spot in the playoffs secure.
Zach Parise scored twice and Devan Dubnyk made 22 saves to blank his original team, pushing the Wild past the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Monday night.
"I hope it makes them feel good about themselves," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "I thought our defense was good."
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Preview: The Wild hosts the Oilers for its final home game of the regular season. It has gone 0-2 against the Oilers this season, falling 3-2 and 4-1. Edmonton has dropped four straight, with a 3-2 loss to Calgary on Saturday its most recent setback. This is the Oilers last road game of the season; theyre 17-21-2 away from home.
Dumba’s sizzling 2nd period leads Wild past Stars 5-2
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Matt Dumba and the Minnesota Wild started a defining two-game stretch against the Dallas Stars with a determined performance.
They're one step closer to a spot in the playoffs.
"That was what fueled the fire, just wanting to bury these guys," Dumba said. "Not let them think that they could potentially get back into this thing by getting a couple victories against us."
The Wild has yet to clinch a playoff spot, but its made its path to the postseason a little easier.
By holding off the Stars 5-2 Thursday in front of a season-high 19,350 at Xcel Energy Center, the team ensured its Central Division rival cant catch it in the standings getting one step closer to locking down a berth amid an effort that flattered more than a few.
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.
They chased each other up the ice and vied for the puck along the boards.
In front of the net, the battle continued as they jostled for space.
Its never fun boxing out [Charlie] Coyle or [Marcus] Foligno, defenseman Nate Prosser said after practice Wednesday at Xcel Energy Center.
For the next two days, the only competition Wild players will encounter on the ice will be themselves, as the team is in the midst of a four-day layoff.
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.
VANCOUVER – Wild winger Zach Parise is chasing after the puck, winning battles and reporting for duty at the front of the net — and paying the price of admission to score from there.
Basically, he has reminded coach Bruce Boudreau of the player he was when he emerged as a scoring threat early in his career with the Devils.
And that’s encouraging for the Wild.
“That’s what he was like in Jersey, and that’s what I’m seeing recently,” Boudreau said.
St. Paul, Minn. – At least they didn't lose by a single goal.
This time the Red Wings made sure it wasn't by one goal, as the Minnesota Wild's Jason Zucker scored twice late in the third period as the Wild defeated the Red Wings 4-1.
That's six of eight losses for the Red Wings (2-5-1) with five of the defeats by a single goal — then Sunday's loss.