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Pominville’s goals lifts Wild to 2-1 road victory over Washington

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 07: Ryan Suter #20 of the Minnesota Wild and Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals go after the puck during the third period of the Capitals 3-2 shootout win at Verizon Center on November 7, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) Trade deadline deals?  Check.  Emotional feel good story?  Check  Dramatic post-deadline victory...
Via State of Hockey News
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Wild handling goaltending situation one day at a time

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- On one end of the ice, Devan Dubnyk prepared for Monday night's start against Vancouver with his own net. At the other end of the Xcel Energy Center rink, Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom shared a net, alternating at times during practice. So begins the Minnesota Wild's stretch with three goaltenders. Kuemper rejoined the team after being recalled from his American...
Via Fox Sports North
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild at Sabres preview

The Minnesota Wild have one win this month and are at the bottom of their division. Things are even worse for the Buffalo Sabres, who have yet to win in 2015 and also are looking up at the rest of the teams in their division. The weight of expectations, however, weighs far more heavily on one team. Minnesota could have a new face in net as it tries to end a six-game losing streak...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Wild at Sabres

The Minnesota Wild have one win this month and are at the bottom of their division. Things are even worse for the Buffalo Sabres, who have yet to win in 2015 and also are looking up at the rest of the teams in their division. The weight of expectations, however, weighs far more heavily on one team. Minnesota could have a new face in net as it tries to end a six-game losing streak...
Via AP on Fox
January 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Embarrassing losses pile up as Wild lose 7-2 in Pittsburgh

View image | gettyimages.com In the Hockey News‘ annual People of Power and Influence issue it rates one my least favorite people as the 2nd most powerful and influential member in the sport of hockey.  No, I’m not talking about NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, I’m talking about Pittsburgh Penguins’ star Sidney Crosby.  Whether I like it or not, Crosby is the ‘face’...
Via State of Hockey News
January 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild hit the road, desperately seeking ways to win

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Thursday, the Minnesota Wild returned to their hard-working ways and felt they deserved better than a 4-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Saturday started with a strong first period at home against the Nashville Predators. Minnesota, which had been so focused on building its game and trying to gain momentum in an increasingly lost season, was trying to dig itself...
Via Fox Sports North
January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild Struggles Calls for Change

After a December to forget, the Minnesota Wild still are carrying their struggles into the new year after two more losses to San Jose and Chicago. One may think it is time to make some kind of change, but where that is the question?You can first point the finger at the goaltending as of late. Between Darcy Kuemper and Niklas Backstrom, the two have combined for the second worst save...
Via Goon's World
January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild activate goalie Backstrom from IR, reassign Curry

Before their New Year's Eve game in Columbus, the Minnesota Wild got some good news on the goaltending front.   Minnesota activated Niklas Backstrom off injured reserve Wednesday and reassigned John Curry to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League. Backstrom met the team in Columbus and skated Wednesday morning. He's expected to backup Darcy Kuemper, who made 28 saves in a win...
Via Fox Sports North
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Depleted Wild earn huge 3-2 regulation road win over Winnipeg

Niklas Backstrom makes a nice save from in close on Winnipeg’s Andrew Ladd. So let us paint a scenario.  You’re a minor league goaltender who is 30 years old.  Your chance to make it to the show seems a little less likely with each passing season.  You are coming off a great win where you made 38 saves in a big road win for your club.  In the great minor league tradition...
Via State of Hockey News
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Granlund out 4 weeks after wrist surgery

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild center Mikael (mee-KYE'-uhl) Granlund has undergone surgery to repair a broken left wrist, an injury expected to keep him out for a month. The Wild were in Winnipeg to play the Jets on Monday. The team announced the procedure for Granlund in Minnesota went as planned, putting the timetable for his recovery at approximately four weeks. Granlund...
Via AP on Fox
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Curry makes 19 saves in surprise start after recall

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- While the Minnesota Wild made a second-half run last season and then advanced to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs, the goaltending situation became an interesting subplot. No matter if it was Josh Harding, Darcy Kuemper, Niklas Backstrom, Ilya Brzygalov or even John Curry, Minnesota overcame an unstable position to post one of the league's lowest...
Via Fox Sports North
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Illness shelves Backstrom, Curry recalled to start in goal

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Returning from the NHL's holiday break, the Minnesota Wild's shuffle at goaltender continued. Minnesota placed Niklas Backstrom on injured reserve before Saturday's home game against the Winnipeg Jets. The move is retroactive to Dec. 21 as Backstrom deals with an illness. Goaltender John Curry was recalled from Iowa of the American Hockey League on emergency conditions...
Via Fox Sports North
December 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Berkshire Bank Faceoff: Projected Lines, Pairings For Bruins-Wild

The Boston Bruins have one win in their last seven games and face another tough test on the road Wednesday night against the Minnesota Wild. Bruins first-line center David Krejci might return to the lineup. He’s missed the last 11 games and 20 of 31 overall with an undisclosed injury. Julien on Krejci: "Really hard to make a decision on him, so we’re just waiting for the...
Via NESN.com
December 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Power play goals help Wild earn 4-3 shootout victory over Arizona

Kyle Brodziak battles for the puck. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me is an axiom you seem to hear more and more these days.  As I sometimes say to students I teach or players I coach, it can be modified to be “Mistakes are only mistakes if you make them more than once.”  On Thursday night, the Wild had to learn the painful lesson for another time of how...
Via State of Hockey News
December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild outlast Coyotes in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zach Parise had a tying power-play goal late in the third period, and then scored in the shootout to help the short-handed Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu's shot into the roof of the net in the third round of the shootout won it, after Niklas Backstrom stopped Tobias Rieder's attempt. Arizona has lost five...
Via AP on Fox
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild outlast Coyotes in shootout

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Zach Parise had a tying power-play goal late in the third period, and then scored in the shootout to help the short-handed Minnesota Wild beat the sliding Arizona Coyotes 4-3 on Saturday night. Mikko Koivu's shot into the roof of the net in the third round of the shootout won it, after Niklas Backstrom stopped Tobias Rieder's attempt. Arizona has lost five...
Via Fox Sports North
December 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild outplay Blues but lose 3-2 in shootout

Zach Parise denied by the toe save of Brian Elliott. Some teams just seem to have your number no matter what you do.  It becomes an almost inescapable psychological hurdle to overcome.  Shooters fan on shots trying to release it extra quick even when there is no pressure to do so, sure-handed defensive players now cough up the puck at the worst possible times.  These are all...
Via State of Hockey News
November 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild buried early in return home

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota Wild head coach Mike Yeo gave thought to pulling goaltender Darcy Kuemper after Los Angeles scored twice. Yeo contemplated the decision again after another goal. Not pulling Kuemper early enough was among Yeo's regrets as the Wild lost 4-0 to Los Angeles. Kuemper allowed four goals on 10 shots in the first period. Niklas Backstrom replaced Kuemper in...
Via Fox Sports North
November 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Niederreiter's first hat trick helps Wild double up Sabres

  Nino Niederreiter had his first career three-goal game and backup goalie Niklas Backstrom stopped 25 shots on Thursday night as the Minnesota Wild broke out of a scoring slump for a 6-3 victory over the Buffalo Sabres to snap a four-game skid. The Wild have been missing leading scorer Zach Parise since Nov. 4. He's out with a concussion and Minnesota scored two goals in three...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Griffith pots highlight reel-worthy goal

Next Impulse Sports via Pete BlackburnWhen Seth Griffith flew through the air after beating the Wild’s Niklas Backstrom, the sequence drew comparisons to Bobby Orr’s legendary goal and had us wondering how Griffith would ever top it.In Monday’s game against the New Jersey Devils, Griffith found a new way to impress us. After blocking a shot down in the Bruins defensive zone...
Via BruinsLife
November 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Niklas Backstrom Denies Bruins’ Carl Soderberg With Athletic Save (Video)

The Boston Bruins got off to a hot start at TD Garden on Tuesday night, but the Minnesota Wild would not be denied. After trailing by as many as two goals, the Wild scored three unanswered goals in the third period to hand the Bruins a 4-3 loss. Boston put the pressure on late in the third period in an attempt to force overtime, but goaltender Niklas Backstrom came up big with some...
Via NESN.com
October 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Wild: 5 bold predictions for the 2014-15 season

Thursday night marks the opener of the Minnesota Wild’s 15th and arguably most anticipated season in franchise history. Key additions over the last five or so years have led to hype that can be backed up by legitimate skill players as the team is as deep with talent as it has ever been. There is no doubt that it’s Stanley Cup or bust for the foreseeable future in the State of...
Via isportsweb.com
October 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Wilkinson Brutally KO’s Niklas Backstrom At UFC Fight Night 53

Mike Wilkinson stunned the Swedish crowd into silence tonight at UFC Fight Night 53 by brutally knocking out Niklas Backstrom with an overhand right barely a minute into the fight. Round One: Backstrom with a leg kick to start. Wilkinson tries a low spinning kick that misses. He then looks for a takedown, but doesn’t get it. Backstrom with a spinning kick of his own that misses...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

UFC Fight Night 53 Results

Stay tuned to fightofthenight.com for all the UFC Fight Night 53 results live as they happen from Stockholm, Sweden. (Press F5 as required to refresh the page for the latest results) — Main Card: Gunnar Nelson vs. Rick Story Max Holloway vs. Akira Corassani Ilir Latifi vs. Jan Blachowicz Niklas Backstrom vs. Mike Wilkinson Prelims: Magnus Cedenblad vs. Scott Askham Nico Musoke...
Via Fight Of The Night
October 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild situation in the Minnesota crease

#459196061 / gettyimages.com The puck hasn’t even dropped for regular season action and the Minnesota Wild are already in mid-season goalie crisis mode. After last season’s impressive season, the Minnesota Wild were expected to take another step forward and had put faith in the goalie tandem of Niklas Backstrom and Josh Harding to lead the team. Minnesota fans learned a tough...
Via Beyond The Benches
September 26, 2014  |  Discuss
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