Michael Russo

Reporter | Wild, NHL
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Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005.

Recent content from Michael Russo

Captains' wise use of off day helps Wild to refocus

Rather than chill, captains sought out teammates for pep talks.

Updated: March 30, 2014, - 10:48 PM

Wild digs down deep for key victory at Phoenix

Zach Parise’s tying goal got the team started, and Jared Spurgeon scored the winner in a game flush with playoff implications.

Updated: March 30, 2014, - 12:39 AM

Wild notes: Yeo benches struggling Heatley

GLENDALE, ARIZ. – For the biggest game of the season, Wild coach Mike Yeo made the tough decision to scratch...

Updated: March 30, 2014, - 12:09 AM

Wild game at Phoenix moves needle to "must win”

Ryan Suter singled out shortcomings in the Wild’s special teams play.

Updated: March 28, 2014, - 10:22 PM

Kuemper struggles again in net

One night after pulling Kuemper in a loss to Vancouver, the Wild coach threw the rookie into the lion’s den Thursday night against the St. Louis Blues.

Updated: March 28, 2014, - 07:14 AM

Wild stumbles again as St. Louis sends a message

T.J. Oshie’s hat trick supplied the offense, and his teammates provided plenty of supporting toughness as St. Louis beat the Wild for a ninth consecutive time.

Updated: March 28, 2014, - 05:35 AM

Wild notes: Tough road trip looms

The Blues are the top team in the NHL. The Kings and Blackhawks are above Minnesota in the standings. The eighth-place Coyotes are chasing the seventh-place Wild.

Updated: March 27, 2014, - 12:19 AM

Wild's Kuemper benched in 5-2 loss to Vancouver

The inability to finish scoring chances and shaky play by goalie Darcy Kuemper doomed the team in a potentially damaging loss.

Updated: March 27, 2014, - 12:06 AM

Sister never far from Wild defenseman's thoughts

Jon Blum has taken big hits but none bigger than losing his twin sister to a house fire.

Updated: March 26, 2014, - 11:22 AM

Workmanlike victory over Detroit was tonic for Wild's ails

By sticking to its plan — and not panicking — the team earned a chance to exhale at least for a while.

Updated: March 25, 2014, - 06:39 AM

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