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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The time on the scoreboard was ticking toward zero. The Minnesota Wild were clinging to a one-goal lead the Los Angeles Kings weren't ready to give up on.
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov signaled to a teammate on the other side he was open, corralled a perfect through-the-slot pass at the far edge of the right circle and wound up for the potential tying shot. Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom lunged to block the puck with the middle of his right leg and smothered it in the crease with help from defenseman Ryan Suter with 11 seconds left.
Almost everyone in the arena exhaled.
''I thought Backy was very good tonight, making key saves at key times,'' Wild coach Mike Yeo said after a 2-1 win Tuesday tightened his team's grip on seventh place in the Western Conference. ''I thought he had a sense of control and kind of an air of confidence about him tonight, which is obviously extremely important. No matt...
BEST OF MAXIM
The Minnesota's Wild's new American Hockey League affiliate, the Iowa Wild of Des Moines, Iowa, announced today that Todd Frederickson has been named the team's first president. Frederickson had served as the AHL's Vice President, Team Business Services, since 2008. Frederickson will begin his duties with the Wild in mid-May.
"We are thrilled to add someone...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Cal Clutterbuck has played 344 games in his six-year career for the Minnesota Wild, one of the last remaining players from the 2007-08 team that advanced to the playoffs.
Clutterbuck, then a rookie who played in just two games, didn't get to play in Minnesota's last playoff appearance in 2007-08 and has never had the chance to feel the playoff atmosphere...
The Minnesota Wild have called up Carson McMillan from the Houston Aeros, general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward has scored 18 points while recording a plus-4 rating in 64 games with the Aeros and is currently tied for third in the AHL scoring three shorthanded goals. The 24-year-old native of Manitoba made his NHL debut with the Wild in...
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The chances of the Oilers actually digging in and beating the Wild in Minny are slender, to say the least, where they’ve only lost 19 of the last 20 to the Wild, outscoring the Oilers 69-32. Yeah, 19 of 20. Where Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom is 17-0 against them at the Xcel Energy Center, with a 1.34 average, a .948 save percentage...
No penalty of the play and Pominville has not returned to the game.
ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild took care of their end of the deal Tuesday night by beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings in a hard-fought game.
Now, the Western Conference could help Minnesota secure its first playoff berth in five years before the Wild even play again.
Minnesota, after Tuesday's 2-1 win, holds the seventh spot in the West with 53...
With time winding down in the third period, the Minnesota Wild held a narrow 2-1 lead over the Los Angeles Kings. Kings defenseman Slava Voynov had a chance with 14 seconds left and Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom made a diving save to keep the lead. Backstrom actually missed the puck with his glove and his flailing leg hit the puck at the last second. It was a huge win for the...
ST. PAUL, Minn. Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown was suspended two games for elbowing Minnesota Wild forward Jason Pominville in Tuesday's 2-1 Minnesota victory, according to a tweet from Los Angeles Times reporter Lisa Dillman.
During the second period Sunday, Brown had the puck near the side boards and saw Pominville closing in. As Pominville approached, Brown turned...
Nominations for the Masterton Trophy are still pouring in from around the NHL. Despite the fact we aren't even sure which men will be on the final ballot, there's already a clear favorite for this year's trophy. We wish a big "good luck" to this year's nominees as Minnesota's Josh Harding is the clear favorite to take home some hardware.
The Minnesota Wild looked like they were going to miss the postseason for the fifth straight year following a terrible start to April.
A clutch win over the defending Stanley Cup champions, though, has Minnesota on the verge of returning to the playoffs.
The Wild only need to beat Edmonton at home Friday night or win at Colorado on Saturday to secure a playoff berth, and the Oilers...
Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping the Minnesota Wild break their five-game home losing streak and hang on for a critical 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Jeff Carter's slap shot whizzed past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with an improbable 0.8 seconds left before the second intermission, pulling the...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Charlie Coyle and Cal Clutterbuck scored 16 seconds apart late in the first period, helping the Minnesota Wild break their five-game home losing streak and hang on for a critical 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night.
Jeff Carter's slap shot whizzed past Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom with an improbable 0.8 seconds left before the second intermission...
I was watching TV in between hockey games this weekend and I came across the disaster film 2012. The film gives you the unbelieveable tale of the Mayan Prophecy coming true and the Earth hits its own 'reset' button as a combination of Earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunami devastate the planet. Luckily, the great (wealthy) nations of the world had planned for this disaster...
Minnesota Wild (25-18-3) 53pts 2nd in the Northwest
2.48 Goals For (21st)
2.56 Goals Against (15th)
17.8% Power Play (16th)
80.3% Penalty Kill (21st)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #11 Zach Parise ~ 17G 20A = 37pts
2. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 10G 25A = 35pts
3. #29 Jason Pominville ~ 14G 20A = 34pts
4. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 4G 28A = 32pts
5. #10 Devin Setoguchi...