Stanley Cup Playoffs: Granlund scores first career playoff goal, Kuemper blanks Avs

Getty Images It was a night of firsts for the Minnesota Wild on Monday as they cut the series lead in half with the Colorado Avalanche with the help of a couple of first-timers. In the two prior contests between the #1 and #4 seeds out of the Central Division, it was Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon making the difference with seven points in his first playoff appearance. But back...
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Kuemper provides Wild much needed defense in OT shutout

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Watching Semyon Varlamov turn away shot after shot at the opposite end of the Xcel Energy Center ice, Darcy Kuemper had to keep himself engaged somehow. It can be a lonely existence in one's own crease when his team accumulates a 24-shot advantage and keeps the puck in its offensive zone. So rather than chirp at his teammates as he's wont to do during Wild...
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Darcy Kuemper Gets Nod In Goal Over Ilya Bryzgalov For Wild In Game 3

It’ll be Darcy Kuemper’s turn in net Monday night as the Minnesota Wild look to avoid falling into a 3-0 hole in their Western Conference quarterfinal series with the Colorado Avalanche. Veteran goalie Ilya Bryzgalov started the series’ first two games for the Wild, allowing eight goals on 45 shots. He was benched late in the second period of Saturday’s 4-2 loss, and Kuemper...
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Yeo turns to Kuemper for Game 3; Heatley, Fontaine return

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Darcy Kuemper helped save the Minnesota Wild season in January. Head coach Mike Yeo is hoping he can do the same in the playoffs. Yeo said Kuemper, the rookie goaltender who started 16 consecutive games from Jan. 12 to March 8 with 12 wins and two shutouts, will start Game 3 for Minnesota against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night as the Wild look to erase...
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Wild's Granlund, Kuemper practicing, nearing return

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Mikael Granlund's words expressed anything but certainty. His tone, though, was indicative of an excited young man on the verge of his first NHL postseason appearance. The Wild center practiced again Monday, for the second time in three days after missing Minnesota's final six games of the regular season with an upper-body injury. Gliding comfortably around...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kuemper's attitude helps him ride the wave of emotions

EDINA, Minn. -- Spend any time around Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper and it's easy to see his relaxed nature; his wide smile is the first thing one notices outside his 6-foot-5 frame. When media is allowed into the locker room, Kuemper comes off very much as an NHL rookie, quiet and ceding to veteran teammates. Those teammates say he's different on the ice or behind...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild acquire Ilya Bryzgalov

Minnesota Wild acquire Ilya BryzgalovThe Minnesota Wild chose to make a low risk move a day before the trade deadline, acquiring goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov from the Edmonton Oilers. The move cost the Wild nearly nothing, just a 4th round draft pick in the upcoming draft. After a nearly a week of speculation in which the Wild had been linked to Martin Brodeur and Jaroslav Halak, the...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: Can the Wild compete in the playoffs?

Much has been made about the NHL’s Western Conference superiority over the hapless Eastern Conference throughout the first half of the season. Caught almost directly in the middle of the meat grinder is the Minnesota Wild, who is currently caught in between the 7th and 8th seed with their former division rival, the Vancouver Canucks. With the home stretch off in the distance and...
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January 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild game preview: Struggling Oilers visit Xcel Energy Center

The Minnesota Wild returns to action tonight, looking to improve in the middle frame of a short 3 game home stand. They will look to build on their slight edge over the ninth-place Phoenix Coyotes as they host an Edmonton Oilers squad that has continually had difficulties living up to their talent level for several years. Edmonton arrives in frigid St. Paul as the owners of the second...
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January 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild reassign Kuemper to AHLs Aeros

ST. PAUL, Minn. Healed from his lower-body injury, rookie goaltender Darcy Kuemper was activated Wednesday from injured reserve by the Minnesota Wild and reassigned to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League. Kuemper, 22, was 1-2-0 with a 2.22 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in four games for Minnesota this season, making his NHL debut. Kuemper, who last played...
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March 13, 2013  |  Discuss

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