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In his first full season as Vikings offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur scripted the offense to 11th in the NFL at 358.9 yards per game and seventh in the league with 68 plays of 20 yards or more.
A pair of third-period goals knotted Tuesday's game with Calgary but the Flames picked up the extra point at Xcel Energy Center.
Nino Niederreiter did not play Tuesday against Calgary at Xcel Energy Center. A team spokesman confirmed Niederreiter would be out for the next week with a lower-body injury.
Frantz Pangop, who scored for his native country in a World Cup qualifying game in October, will "get people out of their seats,'' a team official said.
The abundance of star forwards in the Central Division means that Eric Staal could be passed over in favor of defenseman Ryan Suter or goalie Devan Dubnyk.
Loons striker received first call-up to U.S. Soccer camp.
Zach Parise skated in Iowa on Thursday night for the AHL Wild, playing for the first time in eight months.
Alex Stalock has filled in admirably the past seven games and two periods for injured No. 1 Devan Dubnyk and has helped the Wild build up some momentum entering this second half of the season
The veteran Wild forward likely will play Thursday night with the American Hockey League Iowa Wild against the Rockford IceHogs in Des Moines.
Back-and-forth game goes Minnesota's way thanks to strong second period.
Coach Bruce Boudreau said he re-teamed Koivu with winger Mikael Granlund, whom he called the Wild's "best offensive player" and "best playmaker," as a way to generate some success from the center.
Former Gophers star and Team USA Olympian Krissy Wendell said she was a little hesitant at first to accept the invite, even quizzing former teammate Natalie Darwitz about it, as she skated with the Wild last year.
Across all positions and in all four classes — from Minnesota's true freshmen to seniors — there is depth, and at least one standout player.
While his recent play has been up, down and then back up again, goalie Devan Dubnyk said he's ready to even out that volatility.
The Gophers are 28-5 after Saturday's win over Northern Iowa, and one step closer to making a third consecutive trip to the Final Four.
Defenders Kevin Venegas and Justin Davis, who played for the club before its move to MLS, were let go along with Ish Jome, who grew up in Brooklyn Park.
Minnesota, which has been to the Final Four in the last two seasons and is a host for the first two rounds, is in the same bracket as No. 2-ranked Florida.
The Iowa Wild's leading scorer has swagger, and the NHL team wants in on it.
Devan Dubnyk extended his team-record streak of shutout minutes and Nino Niederreiter tied a record by scoring 12 seconds into Tuesday night's game at the X.
The veteran forward has no timetable for return to lineup.
The Wild winger has the chance to equal, or even break, the NHL record for consecutive goals against Philadelphia at the X.
Minnesota opened the game on an 18-2 run, and cruised to its ninth straight season-opening victory.
Gophers' blowout victory intensifies an already hot seat under Nebraska coach Mike Riley
JD Spielman's first collegiate touch was a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in Nebraska's season-opening victory against Arkansas State.
Kyle Gibson of the Twins credits a sports psychology professional with helping to turn around his 2017 season, and other Minnesota athletes have worked on their mental game since they were teenagers.
The season's longest homestand ended with a tough loss and 3-3 record.
The Spartans will put 19-0 record on line for title vs. Mahtomedi.
Two-on-two drill gives Alex Stalock his moment at Bloomington workout.
Jason Zucker and wife Carly welcomed Hendrix Scott Zucker, 7 pounds and 19 inches, on Friday, joining Carly's 7-year-old daughter Sophia in the family.
After a victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday, lighthearted moods were allowable for the Wild. But coach Bruce Boudreau doesn't want it to linger - especially with Pittsburgh on deck.
After finishing with the fourth worst record in MLS, coach Adrian Heath expects United's roster turnover could be from five to seven players before the team's second season.
"It's a microcosm of the season. Sloppy giveaways, poor decision-making in our own half and then the ball ends up in the back of the net," coach Adrian Heath said of Sunday's loss.
Predictably, the first MLS season was not pretty at times, but Minnesota United proved it is in this for the long haul.
Marcus Foligno returned to practice for the first time since last week's game at Chicago, where a fight with John Hayden gave the winger a facial fracture that required minor surgery.
Minnesota United expects to have a few hundred fans at Sunday's match vs. the L.A. Galaxy.
Charlie Coyle suffered a broken leg Thursday night in Chicago, and had surgery Friday. Marcus Foligno has a left facial fracture incurred in a fight while Nino Neiderreiter has a high left ankle sprain.
"My generation, this was our generation for the World Cup," Minnesota United winger Ethan Finlay said of the United States being knocked out of the 2018 tournament.
Veteran winger Chris Stewart is a proven leader in the locker room and on the ice. Through two games, Stewart leads the Wild with two goals and an assist.
Parise skated with the Wild on Monday at Xcel Energy Center. But there's no timetable for his return to game action.
Players have two games to state cases for next season.
Minnesota United's fellow expansion team has not only clinched a playoff spot but set an attendance record to help brand itself in its market.
Ahead of United's last home match of the year, the club anticipated its fourth consecutive lower-bowl sellout and sixth consecutive crowd of more than 20,000.
While Minnesota United's slim playoff hopes are still clinging to life, coach Adrian Heath has remained adamant that these last few matches of the Loons' inaugural MLS season are very important regardless.
Down 2-1 in stoppage time, the Loons scored twice against their fellow expansion side to steal a road victory.
Of the 18 players with Minnesota United when it lost 6-1 to MLS' other expansion team in their opening game, only four are still regular starters.
Emma Bates' father watched her run last year's 10 Mile online shortly before dying of a lung disease
Abu Danladi is keeping his head up, even after missed chances.
After developing in the Western Hockey League, the high scoring defenseman gets a shot in the organization after not making his high school team as a sophomore.
Ibarra has started the past two comeback victories, including Saturday's 4-1 result against FC Dallas, when the winger scored the go-ahead goal.
Childhood pals Tyler Ennis and Jared Spurgeon are thrilled for a chance to play together again.
Penalties have kept team on the power play or penalty kill a lot this preseason, taking away needed 5-on-5 situations.
Christian Ramirez and Marc Burch had missed a combined 17 matches before they both returned to the starting lineup a week ago.
Wright was the Wolves and Lynx president.
Minnesota United will play at Vancouver and Montreal in a four-day span. Or as coach Adrian Heath called it, a "tough week."
Duluth native Ethan Finlay scored in his home match debut against Philadelphia, helping the Loons to a draw.
Minnesota United winger Ethan Finlay, born in Duluth, was acquired in trade from Columbus a month ago.
Saturday night's mammoth victory, the largest shutout in team history, allowed the Twins to go plus-1 on the season in run differential — scoring 669 runs, giving up 668.
Catcher Jason Castro suffered a concussion Aug. 23 after taking two foul balls off his mask and has been on the seven-day DL ever since.
The rookie has taken over for Loons' leading scorer.
After a pair of last-place finishes, the Fire is "the surprise of the year" in the MLS, done by spending its money wisely on designated players.
In a lot of ways, how the Loons ended Sunday's match at the Seattle Sounders was truly indicative of Minnesota's inaugural season as a whole.
Former Prairie Seeds player Ish Jome is starting for United at left back.
The United Bid Committee of the United States, Mexico and Canada will know by June 2018 whether it will be the host of the 2026 World Cup. Minneapolis is one of 44 cities considered as a host site.
The Vikings' home, which played host to an international friendly last summer, is one of 49 stadiums identified by a three-nation bid committee as a possible site for the 2026 World Cup.
At the construction site in St. Paul, a central tower crane has taken up residence and the hole for Minnesota United's soccer stadium is about 40 to 50 percent dug
The Loons have yet to win back-to-back MLS games.
Rookie forward Abu Danladi started in Ramirez's place on Saturday and coach Adrian Heath noted there was a difference.
The broadcast color analyst, the only woman who is a team-employed TV color analyst in MLS, is back home, explaining even the sport's intricacies with a comfortable style.
Struggling D.C. United serves as a salve for the Loons.
With match 22 of 34 total Saturday, the Loons are still chasing their metaphorical feathered tails when it comes to competitiveness and relevancy. And a large reason behind that is time.
Two-assist game delivers on Loons' big expectations.
The club and insurance company Allianz Life announced a multi-year partnership Tuesday morning at United's offices in Golden Valley.
The Loons expect to have added depth before their next match.
Adrian Heath had a pretty off-brand request in his postmatch news conference Saturday. Instead of giving his opinion on three possible penalties, the Minnesota United coach gave the power to the free press.
United's Joe Greenspan broke his nose and is sidelined by a third concussion of the season already. The Loons have played 20 matches.
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