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ST. PAUL, Minn. Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cullen has just about seen it all in his 14-year NHL career.
He's played in 1,000 career games, scored 534 points, won a Stanley Cup, has played on the power play and killed penalties. In the rarest of cases, the Moorhead, Minn. native has even played a little bit of defense.
Cullen displayed his versatility again Thursday night in Minnesota's 3-2 shootout win against the Calgary Flames. With Jared Spurgeon going back to the locker room with a possible concussion in the first period and Marco Scandella leaving after blocking a shot, Cullen was asked to make the move back and play defense.
"I was giving the D' a hard time," Cullen said. "I was telling them, It's not as hard as it looks.'"
Cullen said he had played on the back end in short stints previously, mainly during overtimes. He also has played the point on the power play, but playing a dedicated role on defense is a bit different.
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WEDNESDAY'S STORYLINE: After a 15-game absence due to an upper body injury, the Wild will get captain Mikko Koivu back tomorrow against Calgary. Koivu has missed 23 of the past 27 games, but his frustration has turned to excitement in anticipation of tomorrow night's game.
"I am very excited, it has been a long couple weeks here. Feeling good to be out there in practice...
THURSDAY'S STORY LINE: The Wild will get a big boost Thursday night against Calgary with the return of captain Mikko Koivu, and his teammates know that better than anyone.
"It is huge," center Kyle Brodziak said. "Everybody knows how valuable to the team he is on the ice, but what people don't see is his value off the ice. He is a leader on our team. In between...
Ceremonial puck drops are nice. Someone walks out on a red carpet, the two players stand politely and then the guest drops the puck and the teams get ready for the game to start. Except sometimes a team decides to mix things up, and a guy drops from the rafters hanging upside down on a rappel line to do the honors. That's what happened before Thursday night's Minnesota Wild...
Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of a shootout in the Minnesota Wild's 3-2 comeback victory over the Calgary Flames on Thursday night.
Dany Heatley and Darroll Powe scored in regulation for the Wild. Josh Harding stopped 27 shots and all four Calgary shots in the shootout to hand the Flames their fourth straight loss
Lee Stempniak and Anton Babchuk scored for Calgary...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- Not even a two-goal lead against a team short a couple of defenseman was enough for the Calgary Flames to turn things around.
Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of a shootout in the Minnesota Wild's 3-2 comeback victory over the Flames on Thursday night.
"It's just frustrating," Calgary's Blake Comeau said. "All around...
Top 5 Scorers:
1. #15 Dany Heatley
2. #21 Kyle Brodziak...