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ST. PAUL, Minn. On the same day he was recalled by Minnesota, forward Matt Kassian was named the No. 1 star in the Wild's 4-3 win over the Edmonton Oilers.Kassian didn't score the game-winning goal. That was Dany Heatley. Kassian also didn't have a three-assist effort. That was Marek Zidlicky.In fact, Kassian didn't record a point all night.But what he did provide was energy and toughness, tallying 20 penalty minutes including two fights to spark the Wild and help Minnesota snap an eight-game losing streak."Say what you want about fighting, but it can change the dynamic of the game," said Heatley, whose second-period goal put Minnesota up 4-2. "We're up 3-1 and they want to set the tone, and Kass kind of shut that down pretty good and did it again in the third. He was big for us tonight."Both of Kassian's fights came against Edmonton forward Darcy Hordichuk. Round one between the two came midway through the second period, as they droppe...
BEST OF MAXIM
Though the Minnesota Wild are mired in one of the worst skids in franchise history, first-year coach Mike Yeo is staying upbeat.
Looking to avoid setting a franchise record with their ninth straight loss, the Wild meet the last-place Edmonton Oilers on Thursday night for the sixth and final time this season.
Minnesota's skid grew to eight - matching...
For most of the season, the Minnesota Wild have been one of the surprise teams in the NHL, surging to the top of the Western Conference standings.
In December, the joy has come to screeching halt. Monday's 4-2 loss to Colorado dropped Minnesota to 0-5-2 in its past seven games. The Wild are the first team since the 1999 Avalanche to follow up a seven-game winning streak by losing...
SAINT PAULMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. The Wild have recalled left wing Matt Kassian from the Houston Aeros and reassigned right wing Jon DiSalvatore to the Aeros.
Kassian, 25 (102886), has two goals and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 19 games for the Aeros this season, after posting five PIM in two games for the Wild to begin the 2011-12 campaign. Kassian has skated six career games with Minnesota...
TUCSON - To say Nick Johnson has been the University of Arizonas most positive surprise of the basketball season would be an understatement.
People knew he was good, but not this good.
Hes a freshman who balances being aggressive and being steady.
Sound and solid.
Affable and quotable.
And, a backcourt leader on a team thirsting for someone to step up on the perimeter.
The son of a chaplain and an award-winning author, Matt Kassian makes his living by fighting. But there's much more to the Wild enforcer.
Colin Wilson scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators sent the Minnesota Wild to their eighth straight loss with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.
Jordin Tootoo scored for the Predators to give Nashville a 1-0 lead 7 minutes into the third period. Dany Heatley tied it for the Wild with 3:59 remaining in regulation.
The Wild outshot the Predators 11-10 in...
Niklas Backstrom and the Minnesota Wild were fed up.
With the way the Edmonton Oilers were playing against them. With two losses in a row to their soon-to-be-former division rival. With an eight-game losing streak that sent them tumbling out of first place in the NHL.
Dany Heatley scored his third goal in four games to help the Wild snap out of their skid and beat the Edmonton...
5, 4, 3, 2, 1...Happy New Year's everyone! Another year is behind us and as always people often feel compelled to put that previous year in perspective. Was it a good year? What would we change about if if we could? That of course leads people to make those famous weak promises (for most who do) to ourselves with the 'New Year's Resolution.' A time were...
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The Minnesota Wild have done very well this year and catapulted out of the basement of the Western Conference to one point out of leading the Northwest Division. The additions of Dany Heatley and Devon Setoguchi have paid huge dividends and the backstopping from Backstrom and Harding has been impressive.
The Nashville Predators suffered a huge blow in the Dallas...
Dany Heatley scored his third goal in four games to help the Minnesota Wild snap an eight-game winless streak and beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Thursday night in a ferocious game from start to finish.
Colin Wilson scored the only goal in the shootout, and the Nashville Predators sent the Minnesota Wild to their seventh straight loss with a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night.