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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…
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…
The 25-player roster will be built around a core of Europe-based pros and won't come together until February.
Olympians value free speech but anthem carries greater significance, officials said.
Zach Parise was pleased to finally get on the ice with the Wild on Friday but was careful to manage expectations.
As pleased as Bruce Boudreau was with Thursday's 1-0 victory over Winnipeg, the news about Zach Parise was a bigger lift.
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.
Mikko Koivu said his aim is to remain healthy and productive, then consider another contract extension when the time arrives.
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.
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…
Determination is a strong suit of Luke Kunin, the Wild's No. 1 pick (15th overall) in the 2016 NHL draft.
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,
The Wild takes the ice Friday to begin a new season, after last year's flameout in the first round of the playoffs.
The Pennsylvanian beat two-time champ Paul Simson.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Lynx, with three losses in the last four games, needs for healthy backups to 'think like Lindsay' Whalen, coach Cheryl Reeve said.
To a group not used to losing, two defeats in the past three games have inflicted an unfamiliar sting.
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.
Friday night's struggle struck in the third quarter, when the Lynx's eight points weren't enough
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's breakthrough at nationals altered her summer plans — and stature on swimming's world stage.
Steeped in Korean culture, Hannah and Marissa Brandt are on track to live their Olympic dreams in 2018.
New visa restrictions have created a labor crisis at Canterbury Park. The track in Shakopee can barely find enough workers to keep stables operating.
Mixed doubles will be part of the Olympic Games for the first time, and Team USA will be finalized in Minnesota.
In March, she was diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time in eight years.
An announced crowd of 6,762 turned out for a live, afternoon prelude to Saturday's main event at Canterbury Park: Kentucky Derby Day.
The 23 players selected will prepare in Tampa for the 2018 Games.
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.
A Medina resident, former Gophers goalie Robb Stauber inherits a program striving to get back to the top of the Olympic podium.
"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.''
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.
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.
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