Found March 30, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
ST. PAUL, Minn. Highly-regarded prospect Jason Zucker received his initiation into the NHL on Thursday, courtesy of his new Minnesota Wild teammates. Zucker, the 20-year old coming straight to the NHL from Denver University, was told to lead the team out on the ice for the pregame skate. He knew something was amiss, but he wasn't going to undermine the veteran leaders on the roster. So, with many fans in attendance wearing his No. 16 jersey, Zucker jumped onto the ice to start warm-ups. His new teammates had a little fun at the rookie's expense, waiting in the tunnel and letting him have a solo lap. "I knew right away," Zucker said of the prank. "They said, 'You're leading us on the ice.' And I knew that wasn't right. I had to go with it. I wasn't going to tell (Dany) Heatley no. All of them, they said, 'Hey, you're leading us on, first game.' Ok. I'll go." Zucker could only offer up a big smile as he finished the s...

Wild will fighting to end season on upswing

"It wasn't the prettiest game," noted Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert. It wasn't pretty, but the Wild won against the Panthers on Thursday night. Trailing 2-1 with 30 seconds left in the game, Erik Christensen tied the game. Then just 15 seconds into overtime, captain Mikko Koivu scored the game-winner to complete the comeback. The Wild are out of the playoffs, but...

Wild assign Bulmer, Caron to Houston

ST. PAUL, Minn. A day after Jason Zucker made his NHL debut with the Minnesota Wild, the team brought back two more of its prospects from their junior teams and assigned them to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. Forward Brett Bulmer and defenseman Josh Caron will be joining the Aeros and will be eligible to play in the Calder Cup playoffs this season because they...

See what happens when the sticks are high?

ST. PAUL, Minn. Like many players in the NHL these days, Minnesota Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert wears a shield on his helmet to protect his eyes. Imagine his surprise when Gilbert found a stick pressed up against his face during Thursday's night's game. In the third period, Florida Panthers forward Kris Versteeg swiped at a loose puck and his stick caught Gilbert, who was...

Backstrom ready to return for Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. The Minnesota Wild's playoff hopes are dead, but the injuries that ruined the team's season are starting to heal. A week after captain Mikko Koivu returned from an extended absence, No. 1 goalie Niklas Backstom, who suffered a lower-body injury March 1 against Montreal, will make his first start since the injury Thursday night against the Florida Panthers...

North Stars honored for first time since 1993

ST. PAUL, Minn. J.P. Parise had long been retired from the NHL when his former team, the Minnesota North Stars, were packed up and moved down to Dallas. Parise settled in Minnesota after his playing career ended, but the shock of the North Stars leaving didn't hit him right away in 1993 when owner Norm Green took the team to Texas. It wasn't until a year later when the...

Stick gets stuck in Wild player's helmet earhole

Well, that’s certainly odd. Midway through the third period of game between the Minnesota Wild and the Florida Panthers, Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert was the victim of a high stick courtesy of Panthers winger Kris Versteeg. What transpired after the initial act of committing the penalty is something I have never seen: somehow, Versteeg’s stick [...]

Wild get overtime win over Panthers

Mikko Koivu, Niklas Backstrom, Erik Christensen and Mike Yeo talk about the 3-2 overtime win on Thursday.

Tom Gilbert gets stick of Kris Versteeg stuck in his earhole (Video)

During Thursday night's NHL game between the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild, Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert was very lucky not to be injured after a high stick by Panthers forward Kris Versteeg became stuck in Gilbert's earhole. It happened in the third period just after a faceoff on the Wild end of the ice, and play was stopped as Gilbert went down on the ice to protect...

Game #78: Minnesota Wild vs Los Angeles Kings, Saturday March 31, 2012 at 7:00pm Xcel Energy ...

Record Pts Div. Rank G/G GA/G PP% PK% Minnesota Wild (32-35-10) 74 4th Northwest 2.03 (30) 2.65 (15) 15.4% (23) 81.6% (18) Los Angeles Kings (39-27-12) 90 1st Pacific 2.26 (29) 2.04 (2) 15.4% (24) 87.7%(4)   Minnesota Wild Top 5 Scorers: G A Pts 1. #15 Dany Heatley 21 27 48 2. #21 Kyle Brodziak...
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