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Rachel Blount

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Rachel Blount is a sports and general assignment reporter, with a particular emphasis on Olympic sports.
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Wild's practice subdued as three forwards battle injuries

Wild's practice subdued as three forwards battle injuries

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.
Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start

Boudreau doesn't mince words when it comes to Wild's slow start

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.
Cullen savors opportunity to skate with youngster Kunin

Cullen savors opportunity to skate with youngster Kunin

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.
Wild picks up season's first victory but injuries pile up

Wild picks up season's first victory but injuries pile up

A big third period gave the Wild a 5-2 victory in Chicago, but the already undermanned team lost three more forwards to injury.
NHL's crackdown on faceoffs causing a stir

NHL's crackdown on faceoffs causing a stir

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.

Zach Parise practices for Wild, but Mikael Granlund likely to miss four games

For the second day in a row, Zach Parise participated fully in a Wild practice, moving another step closer to getting back into the…
Stalock's work praised as Boudreau raises issues about Wild's defense

Stalock's work praised as Boudreau raises issues about Wild's defense

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.
Parise, Granlund expected to return to Wild next week

Parise, Granlund expected to return to Wild next week

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.
Wild might start Alex Stalock in goal Saturday

Wild might start Alex Stalock in goal Saturday

Devan Dubnyk's backup could get work because of sparse early schedule.
Detroit stops Wild in debut of Red Wings' new arena

Detroit stops Wild in debut of Red Wings' new arena

Wild fought back into its season opener but couldn't stay there.
Winnik clears last hurdle to officially be on Wild roster

Winnik clears last hurdle to officially be on Wild roster

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.
Five elements for a successful 2017-18 Wild season

Five elements for a successful 2017-18 Wild season

A loaded Central Division has the Wild's top priority making the playoffs again.

Wild's Bruce Boudreau reunites top defensive pairs

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…

Wild notes: Zach Parise (bad back) to miss first two regular-season games

As much as Zach Parise wanted to play in Thursday's season opener at Detroit, the Wild winger said last week that he didn't want…
Olympic hockey coach Granato looks to capture 'Miracle' spirit

Olympic hockey coach Granato looks to capture 'Miracle' spirit

The 25-player roster will be built around a core of Europe-based pros and won't come together until February.
U.S. Olympic chairman not expecting national anthem protests at Winter Games

U.S. Olympic chairman not expecting national anthem protests at Winter Games

Olympians value free speech but anthem carries greater significance, officials said.
Parise practices with Wild teammates but will 'be smart' going forward

Parise practices with Wild teammates but will 'be smart' going forward

Zach Parise was pleased to finally get on the ice with the Wild on Friday but was careful to manage expectations.
Parise's returns to team practice today; Wild blanks Jets at the X

Parise's returns to team practice today; Wild blanks Jets at the X

As pleased as Bruce Boudreau was with Thursday's 1-0 victory over Winnipeg, the news about Zach Parise was a bigger lift.
Wild goalies rise to Boudreau's challenge in Winnipeg

Wild goalies rise to Boudreau's challenge in Winnipeg

Niklas Svedberg stopped 22 of 24 shots over two periods and Steve Michalek was perfect on 19 shots in the third period and overtime of the preseason opener.
Show of loyalty: Koivu says new contract 'was right thing to do'

Show of loyalty: Koivu says new contract 'was right thing to do'

Mikko Koivu said his aim is to remain healthy and productive, then consider another contract extension when the time arrives.
Older, wiser, mentor: Wild newcomer Quincey embracing roles

Older, wiser, mentor: Wild newcomer Quincey embracing roles

The Wild values veteran Kyle Quincey's willingness to play big brother to Mike Reilly and Gustav Olofsson, the youngsters trying to win a place on the roster.
Koivu signs 2-year contract extension

Koivu signs 2-year contract extension

Just before the puck dropped on the Wild's preseason opener at Winnipeg, the team announced captain Mikko Koivu has signed a two-year, $11 million…
Kunin refuses to be denied in bid to make NHL roster

Kunin refuses to be denied in bid to make NHL roster

Determination is a strong suit of Luke Kunin, the Wild's No. 1 pick (15th overall) in the 2016 NHL draft.
Wild's Foligno: Signed, sealed and eager to deliver

Wild's Foligno: Signed, sealed and eager to deliver

It took 10½ weeks for Marcus Foligno, 26, to officially become a member of the Wild and he wasted little time showing his new team he was ready to contribute,
Wild players report to camp knowing 'good isn't good enough'

Wild players report to camp knowing 'good isn't good enough'

The Wild takes the ice Friday to begin a new season, after last year's flameout in the first round of the playoffs.

Pennsylvanian Sean Knapp 'settles' for U.S. Senior Amateur title at Minikahda

The Pennsylvanian beat two-time champ Paul Simson.
Mix of veterans, freshman excite Gophers volleyball coach

Mix of veterans, freshman excite Gophers volleyball coach

With victories in their first two matches, the Gophers moved up two spots to No. 2 in the national volleyball rankings. Their coach wasn't impressed by the news.
From Cancun to Gustavus, team's top back is a product of unique connection

From Cancun to Gustavus, team's top back is a product of unique connection

Coach Peter Haugen didn't view the Gusties' 2011 visit to Cancun as a recruiting trip. But that's been the happy result of a service project.
Lynx smash Phoenix with 105-point outburst but defense sets tone

Lynx smash Phoenix with 105-point outburst but defense sets tone

A tenacious, tireless Lynx defense limited Phoenix's twin powers — Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner — to a total of 14 points. The 6-9 Griner had only two rebounds.
As WNBA race tightens, Reeve has confidence in struggling Lynx

As WNBA race tightens, Reeve has confidence in struggling Lynx

Coach Reeve was happier with the effort in Sunday's loss at New York than she was with the previous defeats in a 2-4 stretch that dates to Aug. 6.
Firstmate wins debut, Mr. Jagermeister wins by 15 1/2 lengths at Canterbury

Firstmate wins debut, Mr. Jagermeister wins by 15 1/2 lengths at Canterbury

Canterbury Park's Festival of Champions is the biggest day of the racing season for Minnesota-bred horses, and a pair of two-year-olds were impressive in different ways.
Without Whalen in lineup, Lynx are stumbling, searching, losing

Without Whalen in lineup, Lynx are stumbling, searching, losing

The Lynx, with three losses in the last four games, needs for healthy backups to 'think like Lindsay' Whalen, coach Cheryl Reeve said.
Climbing back: Lynx look to bounce back from their version of a slump

Climbing back: Lynx look to bounce back from their version of a slump

To a group not used to losing, two defeats in the past three games have inflicted an unfamiliar sting.
High risk, high reward: Breeding race horses in Minnesota

High risk, high reward: Breeding race horses in Minnesota

Far from the bluegrass, during the fitful Minnesota spring, the arrival of every new crop of foals renews grand dreams for breeders like Scott and Angie Rake.
Lynx rally falls short in 70-64 loss to Los Angeles

Lynx rally falls short in 70-64 loss to Los Angeles

Friday night's struggle struck in the third quarter, when the Lynx's eight points weren't enough
Hammer thrower goes from Minn. high school superstar to the world stage

Hammer thrower goes from Minn. high school superstar to the world stage

Maggie Ewen of St. Francis will compete Saturday in the hammer throw of the track and field world championships in London, capping a season packed with surprises.
Regan Smith, 15, is swimming's breakthrough star

Regan Smith, 15, is swimming's breakthrough star

Regan Smith's breakthrough at nationals altered her summer plans — and stature on swimming's world stage.
Seoul sisters: Brandts chasing Olympic hockey dreams

Seoul sisters: Brandts chasing Olympic hockey dreams

Steeped in Korean culture, Hannah and Marissa Brandt are on track to live their Olympic dreams in 2018.
Worker shortage hobbles horse racing at Canterbury Park

Worker shortage hobbles horse racing at Canterbury Park

New visa restrictions have created a labor crisis at Canterbury Park. The track in Shakopee can barely find enough workers to keep stables operating.
Curling trials for new Olympic event will be held in Blaine

Curling trials for new Olympic event will be held in Blaine

Mixed doubles will be part of the Olympic Games for the first time, and Team USA will be finalized in Minnesota.
Ex-Gopher Grunewald holds off cancer by racing with healthy attitude

Ex-Gopher Grunewald holds off cancer by racing with healthy attitude

In March, she was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in eight years.
Canterbury Park's opening night a warmup for Derby day

Canterbury Park's opening night a warmup for Derby day

An announced crowd of 6,762 turned out for a live, afternoon prelude to Saturday's main event at Canterbury Park: Kentucky Derby Day.
Brandt, Marvin among Minnesotans on U.S. women's hockey roster

Brandt, Marvin among Minnesotans on U.S. women's hockey roster

The 23 players selected will prepare in Tampa for the 2018 Games.
For Stauber, imagination should run wild on U.S. women's hockey team

For Stauber, imagination should run wild on U.S. women's hockey team

New Olympic women's hockey coach Robb Stauber wants his players to think creatively. "It's not about what we currently know. It's about what we're willing to learn," he said.
Stauber to coach U.S. Olympic women's hockey team

Stauber to coach U.S. Olympic women's hockey team

A Medina resident, former Gophers goalie Robb Stauber inherits a program striving to get back to the top of the Olympic podium.
Blues coach Yeo sought advancement, not revenge

Blues coach Yeo sought advancement, not revenge

"I don't want it to be a story,'' he said. "My goal is not to beat the Minnesota Wild for me. My goal is for us as a group to keep getting better, and keep seeing what we're capable of.''
Blues' addition of Stastny back from injury downplayed

Blues' addition of Stastny back from injury downplayed

Stastny, who has been out since March 21 because of a foot injury, practiced on the Blues' top line with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz on Friday.
Boudreau seeks peak effort for Game 5 against Blues

Boudreau seeks peak effort for Game 5 against Blues

Wednesday's 2-0 triumph was only a tiny step for the Wild, one that turned a 3-0 series deficit into a 3-1 hole. And matching that effort in Game 5, Bruce Boudreau said, won't cut it.
Wild gets a day of rest as a stress reliever

Wild gets a day of rest as a stress reliever

Coach Bruce Boudreau wanted players to do anything other than obsess over the task they face in their first-round playoff series against St. Louis.

From Russia, Vladimir Sobotka's play quickly translates for Blues

Vladimir Sobotka left the KHL at the end of its season in March, returned to St. Louis and had to adapt on the fly
Blues' fourth line provides the necessary punch in Game 2

Blues' fourth line provides the necessary punch in Game 2

Ryan Reaves, Kyle Brodziak and Scottie Upshall stepped up with the right dose of physical play that Mike Yeo wanted to see from his team.
Defensemen Folin, Brodin must overcome Game 1 struggles for Wild

Defensemen Folin, Brodin must overcome Game 1 struggles for Wild

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said Thursday he thought defensemen Christian Folin and Jonas Brodin looked "a little bit nervous" in Wednesday night's Game 1 loss.
Calm, cool rookie Barbashev gets top-line duty for Blues

Calm, cool rookie Barbashev gets top-line duty for Blues

Ivan Barbashev, a 21-year-old from Moscow, has quickly earned the trust of coach Mike Yeo.
New to the show: Eriksson Ek, Folin eager for first taste of NHL playoffs

New to the show: Eriksson Ek, Folin eager for first taste of NHL playoffs

Veteran Wild teammates said Tuesday they expect youngsters Christian Folin and Joel Eriksson Ek will adapt well to playoff hockey
Wild goalie Dubnyk seeks return to early-season dominance

Wild goalie Dubnyk seeks return to early-season dominance

While others chatter about his play in March — as well as his lackluster playoff statistics — Devan Dubnyk has faith that his early-season form reflects his authentic self.
Miska, with special mask, put UMD on Frozen Four stage

Miska, with special mask, put UMD on Frozen Four stage

During a sensational rookie season as UMD goalie Hunter Miska has proudly shown off a bright gold mask adorned with images of the Bulldogs logo, Duluth's Lift Bridge and his own pet bulldog, Bo.
Close-knit Gophers softball team keeps winning ways in home debut

Close-knit Gophers softball team keeps winning ways in home debut

After 33 consecutive road games, the No. 7 Gophers' softball team returned home Tuesday with a doubleheader sweep over South Dakota.
Wild's quick start puts away Colorado, satisfies Boudreau

Wild's quick start puts away Colorado, satisfies Boudreau

Before Sunday's game against Colorado, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was in no mood to sugarcoat his feelings. Then his team got off to the quick start he wanted to see.
Wild's Dubnyk, rested and refreshed, returns to form in victory

Wild's Dubnyk, rested and refreshed, returns to form in victory

In hindsight, Dubnyk said, the two-game break was good for him. He has played 63 games this season, and his statistics dipped in March, with a 2-7-2 record over a three-week period.
Parise, recovering from eye injury, expects to play Saturday

Parise, recovering from eye injury, expects to play Saturday

The winger, sporting an angry purple bruise under his eye, practiced Friday.
Zach Parise likely to miss one Wild game after scary eye injury

Zach Parise likely to miss one Wild game after scary eye injury

The winger was hurt when the Capitals' Tom Wilson accidentally stuck him in the eye with his stick.
Gophers blow two-goal lead, lose to Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

Gophers blow two-goal lead, lose to Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

The Gophers will lament the missed chances and mistakes that created a rueful ending to a game that had begun so well but ended their season.
NCAA hockey notes: UMass-Lowell took hot streak into tournament

NCAA hockey notes: UMass-Lowell took hot streak into tournament

The fourth-ranked River Hawks have lost only one game since losing four in a row in January.
Top-seeded Gophers raring to go against Notre Dame in NE Regional

Top-seeded Gophers raring to go against Notre Dame in NE Regional

Greetings from SNHU Arena in Manchester, N.H., where the top-seeded Gophers will play Notre Dame at 2:30 p.m. today in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
When Jake Bischoff hurts, it helps Gophers hockey

When Jake Bischoff hurts, it helps Gophers hockey

Gophers defenseman Jake Bischoff ignored the pain in blocking 87 shots this season. "You've just got to be willing to have a little pain for your teammates," he said.
Gophers goalie trying to ignore his stats, even when they're stunning

Gophers goalie trying to ignore his stats, even when they're stunning

Sophomore goalie Eric Schierhorn enters his first NCAA tournament looking for letters — Ws, to be exact — not numbers.
Gophers get top seed in region, will play Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

Gophers get top seed in region, will play Notre Dame in NCAA hockey

The only other in-state team to make the tournament was Minnesota Duluth, the No. 1 seed in the West Regional in Fargo and No. 2 seed overall.
Gophers, UMD Bulldogs get No. 1 seeds in NCAA hockey tournament

Gophers, UMD Bulldogs get No. 1 seeds in NCAA hockey tournament

North Dakota will play down the road in Fargo and host that regional.
Lettieri makes statement for Gophers hockey as workhorse, clothes horse

Lettieri makes statement for Gophers hockey as workhorse, clothes horse

Vinni Lettieri has had his best year as a Gopher, and he's looked good doing it.

U.S. women's hockey team plans boycott citing equitable financial treatment

The 23-member team announced Wednesday it will not play in the world championships unless USA Hockey makes "meaningful progress'' toward more equitable treatment of the women's program.
Gophers win honors but lose Lindgren

Gophers win honors but lose Lindgren

Three win top Big Ten awards, but freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren is out for the year because of a lower-leg injury that will require surgery.
U hockey loses to Spartans in shootout as seniors take a bow

U hockey loses to Spartans in shootout as seniors take a bow

After Saturday's pregame ceremony to honor his team's six seniors, Gophers coach Don Lucia thought his players seemed drained of emotion.
Gophers men beat Spartans, then win Big Ten championship outright

Gophers men beat Spartans, then win Big Ten championship outright

Gophers men shut out MSU to keep their streak of conference success.
Feeling right at home: Wild's White serious about hair — and his game

Feeling right at home: Wild's White serious about hair — and his game

Sporting a head full of hockey hair, Ryan White has brought grit and physicality to the Wild since being traded from Arizona on Feb. 26.
Blues bring energy Wild can't match

Blues bring energy Wild can't match

Early lead, solid goaltending send visitors to tight victory.
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