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

Fontaine's hat trick sparks Wild to fourth straight win

A 39-save night from goalie Niklas Backstrom and the first rookie hat trick in team history by Justin Fontaine led to another Wild win.

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 06:44 AM

Wild notes: Blum steps in for Ballard

Keith Ballard’s continued struggles resulted in the long-awaited Wild debut of defenseman Jon Blum on Thursday night.

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 12:39 AM

Could foot injuries plaguing the Wild have been prevented?

Injuries from blocked shots are plaguing the Wild, but the skaters have said no to a possible remedy.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 11:47 AM

Wild notes: Backstrom deals with abdominal injury

Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom believes the abdominal stiffness that caused him to miss Tuesday’s start in Los Angeles is related to last year’s sports hernia.

Updated: January 09, 2014, - 07:34 AM

Kuemper, Niederreiter shine in Wild's shootout win over L.A.

Niklas Backstrom couldn’t play, so the Wild’s No. 3 goalie stood tall against the Kings’ barrage.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 06:41 AM

Wild notes: Five are named Olympians, but Brodin isn't

Jonas Brodin, 20, got a text a week ago that he will be among the first choices if there’s an injury to Team Sweden's blue line.

Updated: January 08, 2014, - 12:25 AM

The hits keep coming for Wild: Koivu will miss a month

The Wild, already missing three key players, will be without its captain because of ankle surgery.

Updated: January 07, 2014, - 09:58 AM

Wild notes: Harding placed on IR, still not feeling well

The goalie has missed six of the past eight games after the alteratino of his treatment multiple sclerosis.

Updated: January 06, 2014, - 09:45 PM

Gameday preview: Wild at Los Angeles

Wild Gameday9:30 p.m. at Los Angeles • FSN, 100.3-FMPreview: The Wild, devastated by injury, begins a two-game road trip after...

Updated: January 06, 2014, - 09:41 PM

Younger Wild players step up, raise Yeo's expectations

Overshadowed by Ryan Suter’s first career hat trick Saturday and becoming the first defenseman in the NHL to record a hat trick since 2011 were the performances of the Wild’s “kids.”

Updated: January 05, 2014, - 11:01 PM

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