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

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

Wild notes: Cooke apologizes, says knee-on-knee hit wasn't intent

Matt Cooke said he was “disappointed and sorry” that Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie couldn’t play in Game 4 of...

Updated: April 25, 2014, - 12:26 AM

All even or big trouble: Wild faces crucial Game 4

An even series or a two-game deficit is at stake when the Wild returns to the ice in its NHL playoff series with Colorado.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 08:44 AM

Wild's Matt Cooke suspended seven games for knee-on-knee hit

The NHL responded to the the on-ice actions of Wild veteran Matt Cooke on Wednesday by suspending Cooke for injuring Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 07:19 AM

Wild notes:  Niederreiter moves into Cooke's spot

With Matt Cooke suspended, coach Mike Yeo had to assemble a new checking line for Thursday’s Game 4.

Updated: April 24, 2014, - 12:36 AM

Wild notes: Cooke facing long suspension

Matt Cooke has been summoned to NHL headquarters in New York on Wednesday for a hearing.

Updated: April 23, 2014, - 07:23 AM

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