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ST. PAUL, Minn. Niklas Backstrom said he felt the NHL lockout gave him a "really long summer."
Good thing Backstrom got the rest when he did, because he's not resting much at all these days for the Minnesota Wild.
Backstrom, Minnesota's veteran goaltender, has been the last line in one of the NHL's best defenses and is thankful for every opportunity he gets in net for the streaking Wild, which includes starts in 14 of the past 15 games.
"For a hockey player it's fun to play," Backstrom said after posting his first shutout of the season Saturday in a 2-0 win against the San Jose Sharks. "You don't have to practice. You don't have to think. You go out there and play every night. The more you play, the easier it is. I don't want to say it's really easy, but you feel more comfortable the more you play."
With Backstrom in net each game, Minnesota has won five straight games and is 14-5-1 in its past 20 game to take the le...
BEST OF MAXIM
ST. PAUL, Minn. With Niklas Backstrom starting 10 straight games, the Minnesota Wild switched backup goaltenders Sunday just to get work for their promising rookies.
Minnesota assigned goaltender Matt Hackett and forward Jason Zucker to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League and recalled goaltender Darcy Kuemper and forward Jake Dowell. Hackett, 23, and Kuemper, 22, have...
Niklas Backstrom made 33 saves for his first shutout of the season and Ryan Suter had two more assists, leading Minnesota past the San Jose Sharks 2-0 on Saturday for the Wild's season-high fifth straight victory.
Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota. The Wild are 14-5-1 in their last 20 games, and have won by two goals or more each time in their five-game winning...
ST. PAUL, Minn. The expectation was that things would be different for the Minnesota Wild this season. A team that has missed the playoffs for four straight years was the NHL's offseason darling, courtesy of the matching 13-year contracts given to Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.
Then something happened on the way to the Stanley Cup parade. Minnesota felt the weight of those hefty...
Sometimes the fate of enemies can be intertwined by their own decisions. In a geo-political sense it may be connected by its use of various fuels, or strategic interests that can bring two foes to work together to solve a collective problem. This sort of describes the strange relationship between the Minnesota Wild and the San Jose Sharks. These two organizations, opponents...
(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By DAVE CAMPBELL AP Sports Writer The Minnesota Wild were the talk of the NHL last summer when they signed free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to identical 13-year, $98 million contracts.
Then came the lockout, putting that star power and contending potential on ice for several months.
Once the season started, the Wild and their...
Saint Paul, Minnesota – Recently, I was listening to a weekly podcast of College Hockey Tonight, and the host Scott Williams and Moose Richards were talking about the break of and reformation of the WCHA.
Shameless plug department. First, if you’re not listening to the College Hockey Tonight on KBUN, I highly recommend that you give them a listen. They both know the game...
Riding their longest winning stretch of the season, the Minnesota Wild appear poised to succeed every time they take the ice.
The San Jose Sharks hope to reach that level of confidence before it's too late.
Back from a perfect trip, the Wild look for a fifth straight victory while trying to continue their recent success over the desperate Sharks on Saturday.
Minnesota Wild (17-10-2) 36pts 1st in the Northwest
2.55 Goals For (19th)
2.41 Goals Against (5th)
18.6% Power Play (16th)
86.5% Penalty Kill (5th)
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 7G 17A = 24pts
2. #20 Ryan Suter ~ 2G 22A = 24pts
3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 11G 12A = 23pts
4. #10 Devin Setoguchi ~ 11G 9A = 20pts
5. #7 Matt Cullen ~ 4G 16A ...
The Minnesota Wild are playing their best hockey of the season, but coach Mike Yeo isn't getting too excited.
That's probably a good idea with a game in Dallas on tap.
The Wild will try to extend their winning streak to six on Monday night when they go for their first victory at the Stars in 17 tries.
Winners of 12 of 16, the Wild (18-10-2) have put themselves in a good...
This was a tough loss for the Rangers, since they outplayed the Capitals for most of the game. The Rangers out-shot the Caps, out hit them, won more faceoffs, had a better powerplay conversion and blocked more shots. Unfortunately, they just couldn’t get that coveted third regulation goal.
In the first period, there were some crucial shifts for the Rangers following goals and penalties...
NEW YORK (March 25, 2013) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Minnesota Wild goaltender Niklas Backstrom and Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 24. Continue reading "Stars Of The Week"