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The upset continued a remarkable roll for Team Shuster, the Minnesota-rich men's team was left for dead last weekend after staggering through two losses that dropped its record to 2-4
The U.S. women beat Canada 3-2 for the Olympic gold medal in a shootout at Gangneung Hockey Centre, riding a stout performance from goaltender Maddie Rooney of Andover and the pond-hockey chops of North Dakota's Lamoureux twins.
To finally get America to the top of the cross-country podium, it took an extraordinary effort in both the long run and the short.
Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall captured gold in the women's team sprint. The medal was only the second ever won by a U.S. cross-country skier at the Winter Games and the first gold.
The women's team won twice while the men's team edged Canada to stay alive.
The Afton skier isn't focusing on the hardware, but instead on the best finishes ever for U.S.
Too many jumps, too few rivalries have eroded interest in Games' glamour sport.
Nina Roth's last stone settles it in a 7-6 victory.
Only three round-robin games remain for the Americans to try and scramble back into contention.
Marvin had been dealing with chronic hip injuries for months leading up to the 2014 Olympics. After the Sochi Games, her body shut down to the point where it could not handle any physical exertion.
Mothers and fathers of Minnesota-linked Olympians made the 6,400-mile journey to South Korea to share in an experience that is as rewarding for them as it is for their children.
Unlike some other recent Olympic hosts (I'm talking about you, Sochi, and you, Rio), Gangwon Province was clearly ready for the Winter Games, and it has put its own spin on the Olympic spirit with a tide of Korean efficiency and hospitality.
The Russians won the group in pool play, earning a bye into the medal-round quarterfinals.
Yuzuru Hanyu's free skate earned him a historic repeat gold medal, well ahead of Nathan Chen who made a remarkable rally after the short program but ended up fifth.
Jessie Diggins of Afton finished fifth in the 10-kilometer freestyle Thursday, her best chance for an individual medal. But she has relay races to come.
Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu blew away the field with a score of 111.68 in Friday's men's figure skating short program, showing no lasting effects of an ankle injury that has kept him off the ice.
On the 20th anniversary of women's hockey at the Olympic Games, the U.S. and Canada are again heavy favorites to play for the gold medal. Both have secured automatic berths into Monday's semifinals.
Trounced 10-5 in its opening game, the U.S. women's curling team rebounded for a tight win over Great Britain in the next game.
In 2014, USA Curling met in Blaine to choose a group of its best players to prepare for future international competition. John Shuster wasn't on the list and used the rejection as motivation for where he is today.
Women from Minnesota and Wisconsin are chasing the same dream.
She has made major strides since the 2014 Olympics, which she hopes to show in Tuesday's classic sprint at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
The two teams that are expected to play for the Olympic gold medal in women's hockey began the Winter Games tournament in very different ways.
Afton's Jessie Diggins dreams big, with sights set on becoming the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing.
After two Winter Games that were glaringly short on winter, Minnesota's athletes say bring it on.
NBC got the exciting game it wanted, and did it justice with a broadcast that honored its pledge to keep the focus squarely on the action instead of the sideshows.
NBC's crew has been here before, but that doesn't limit the nerves or keep it from trying something new.
Colleagues say Cris Collingsworth's on-air manner reflects who he is outside the booth: Often funny, sometimes provocative, and utterly, unashamedly in love with football.
Gina Nichols of Little Canada said her family has received no apologies nor any offers of help from USA Gymnastics after the sex abuse scandal involving the team's doctor, who is currently in prison.
Three top-eight finishes in the World Cup of cross-country skiing earned Jessie Diggins another spot the on U.S. team.
St. Cloud State defenseman Will Borgen is one of five with state ties named to the team.
Gigi Marvin will be playing in her third Olympics; Lee Stecklein and Amanda Kessel are headed for their second. All are former Gophers.
It will be a rematch, as Cory Christensen and John Shuster advanced to the finals to face siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton. Christensen and Shuster lost their playoff opener to the Hamiltons
John Shuster and Cory Christensen rolled through the round robin at the U.S. Olympic trials for mixed doubles curling, starting on a 4-0 run and finishing with only one loss.
Those who missed singles cut can try again in mixed doubles, a fast-paced, aggressive counterpart to traditional curling.
Maddie Rooney is among three goaltenders on the 26-member U.S. team, which will face Canada on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
John Shuster guided his foursome to a 7-5 victory over Team Heath McCormick to win the third and deciding playoff game at the U.S. Olympic trials.
John Shuster struck for three points in the second end, then took advantage of a fluke errant final shot by Heath McCormick, setting up a Saturday finish with the Olympics on the line.
Last rock ties Team Roth in best-of-three playoffs.
Heath McCormick, who missed two critical shots in the round-robin finale, guided his team with a sure hand in two games Thursday to get to the playoff round and take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series.
Before playing vastly improved hockey to close out a four-game road trip last week, the Wild was put through a daunting practice. "It was exactly what we needed," Jason Zucker said.
Once again, it was Jason Zucker to the rescue for the Wild. He scored his sixth goal in three games, the only Minnesota player to find the back of the net.
Jason Zucker and his wife, Carly, launched a fundraising campaign last month for the Zucker Family Suite and Broadcast Studio at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Cory Christensen's team brings youth to the ice - she's 22 - but also a strong competitive mind-set.
Jason Zucker scored three times in the third period to break a scoreless tie and Devan Dubnyk recorded his 25th career shutout Thursday night in Montreal.
Charlie Lindgren, who played for Lakeville North and St. Cloud State, became the toast of Montreal by going 2-0 last week.
Jason Zucker scored twice for a Wild team that put forth a better effort on Wednesday night but could not break a three-game losing streak, falling to the Maple Leafs.
The early expansion of the Stalock family could mean Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk will start both games of a back-to-back set that ends Thursday in Montreal.
Monday's loss at Boston earned the Wild a harsh video session to dissect its mistakes, followed by an hour of high-tempo, end-to-end drills repeated over and over.
The Wild struck first, then got soft around the net, slow in the neutral zone and sketchy in goal as Boston scored four in a row. Goalie Devan Dubnyk was yanked after two periods.
The native of East Weymouth, Mass., who grew up watching the Bruins on TV, had to cheer from the couch again when the Wild played at Boston on Monday — though this time, he was rooting for the opponent.
Following a scolding from coach Bruce Boudreau for a lack of "self-preparation" in recent games, the Wild showed what it can do when it is fully engaged.
He understands the fascination, but Matt Cullen still finds it a little surprising. At an age when the candles on his birthday cake represent a fire hazard, the Wild forward still is plugging away in the NHL, back in his home state after abandoning his plans to retire.
A careless drop pass early in the third period resulted in a two-goal lead for Winnipeg and a seat on the bench for the rest of the game for defenseman Matt Dumba.
After skating and practicing for about a week, Niederreiter felt the ankle was sound enough to withstand competition.
The former Gophers standout has used adversity -- and frequent trips to the Wild's Iowa affiliate -- as a chance to learn. But he'd be happy if the trips down I-35 would end.
Mikael Granlund rejoined linemates Mikko Koivu and Jason Zucker for his first game since the season opener Oct. 5 at Detroit
Jason Zucker and Mikko Koivu, two-thirds of the Wild's most dynamic and well-rounded trio last season, have been forced to adapt to a few new partners.
The team, sagging under the weight of injuries and third-period letdowns, got just the tonic it needed with a 4-2 victory over the Flames.
Goalie was spectacular, and then his teammates contributed in the third.
Coach Bruce Boudreau felt a little bad about starting Stalock under difficult circumstances, with the Wild seeking to end a two-game winless streak while playing on consecutive nights for the first time this season.
Marcus Foligno went back to a full cage mask to protect his injured cheekbone.
This fall's Deutschland Cup tournament provides a glimpse of how the U.S. Olympic men's hockey team will look in the post-NHL era.
The Wild assembled three makeshift lines for a practice at Xcel Energy Center, while it waits for news about ailing forwards Zach Parise, Mikael Granlund and Marcus Foligno.
The Wild's severely depleted lineup is no excuse for lapses, coach Bruce Boudreau said after the team started the young season 1-1-2.
Saturday, Luke Kunin — born 37 days after Matt Cullen played his first NHL game — made his own NHL debut in the Wild's home opener against Columbus.
A big third period gave the Wild a 5-2 victory in Chicago, but the already undermanned team lost three more forwards to injury.
The league announced before the season it was cracking down on cheating in the faceoff circle. Officials have been told to be more vigilant about kicking players out for violations.
For the second day in a row, Zach Parise participated fully in a Wild practice, moving another step closer to getting back into the…
Goalie Alex Stalock was too polite to point out the defensive inadequacies that doomed the Wild to one point at Carolina rather than two. His coach wasn't.
With a four-day break on the horizon, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau hopes two ailing forwards — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise — could be back in the lineup by Thursday.
Devan Dubnyk's backup could get work because of sparse early schedule.
Wild fought back into its season opener but couldn't stay there.
Winnik, who played throughout training camp on a professional tryout, is a Canadian citizen who requires a work visa to play in the U.S.
A loaded Central Division has the Wild's top priority making the playoffs again.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau experimented with his top defensive pairings during the team's training camp, but two days before the season opener in Detroit…
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