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

Yeo sees Game 7 as part of Wild's growth

There are pivotal junctures in the growth of every team, and Wednesday night will be a significant one for the Wild.

Updated: April 30, 2014, - 06:54 AM

Game 7 stage is set for Wild's Parise, Avs' MacKinnon

Nathan MacKinnon has one four-point game and two three-point games; Zach Parise is riding a career-best six-game point streak and is coming off four points in Monday’s Game 6 victory.

Updated: April 30, 2014, - 05:50 AM

Parise's two goals lift Wild past Colorado to force Game 7

Zach Parise scored twice -- including the game-winner with 6:29 left in the third period -- as the Wild forced a seventh playoff game in Denver. The Wild scored two empty-netters to sew up the victory.

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 08:45 AM

Yeo in favor of coaches' challenges

This offseason, when the coaches’ challenge debate is reintroduced in the NHL, Wild coach Mike Yeo said, “I’ll probably be in favor of it.”

Updated: April 29, 2014, - 12:38 AM

Wild tries to regain even keel following Game 5 frustration

Fate might have been unkind, but all the Wild can do now is force Game 7, or else their season will end tonight at the X.

Updated: April 28, 2014, - 08:40 AM

Wild notes: 6-on-5 play has swung series, Koivu says

Captain Mikko Koivu said “it’s not a game of ifs,” but if the Wild could have cashed in an empty-net...

Updated: April 27, 2014, - 11:05 PM

Wild notes: Fontaine growing into role

On the ice, the Wild winger’s game continues to grow, and he has played virtually every role, from being a top-6 forward to a fourth-liner to being a shutdown guy.

Updated: April 27, 2014, - 08:45 AM

Wild experiences Rocky Mountain low, falls to Avs in OT

For the second time in the series, the Wild lost a late lead after Colorado pulled its goalie -- and then lost the game in overtime.

Updated: April 27, 2014, - 05:59 AM

Finns are guiding the way for Wild in playoffs

Do-it-all centers - and proud Finns - Mikko Koivu, Erik Haula and Mikael Granlund were key in squaring the series.

Updated: April 26, 2014, - 12:39 PM

Wild dominates, then holds on to even series with Avalanche

Another one-sided Wild victory highlighted by Mikael Granlund means it's a best-of-three series headed back to Denver. Game 5 is Saturday night.

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 12:27 PM

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