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Sarah McLellan

Minnesota Wild and NHL | Reporter
Location: Minneapolis
Other languages: Spanish

Sarah McLellan covers the Wild and NHL. Before joining the Star Tribune in November 2017, she spent five years covering the Coyotes for The Arizona Republic.

Born in Edmonton and raised in Arizona, Mclellan is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
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Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier deflects a shot by Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek during the second period

Youth movement: Wild's 'life force' serve as catalysts in win at Detroit

Luke Kunin, the youngest on the Wild at 21 years old, had a goal and assist, while 22-year-olds Jordan Greenway, Joel Eriksson Ek and newcomer Ryan Donato each tallied a point.
Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal

Pending free agent Staal would prefer not to move from Wild

Eric Staal's agent, Rick Curran, said he had a meeting with Wild General Manager Paul Fenton early in the season, expressing Staal's desire to stay with the Wild. The trade deadline is Monday.
Charlie Coyle

Just the start? Wild trades Coyle to Boston for Donato and 5th-round pick

The Wild, losers of five straight, traded Charlie Coyle to the Bruins. He learned of the trade Wednesday afternoon as the team prepared to fly to New York for Thursday's game against the Rangers.
Ducks right wing Corey Perry scored a goal against Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, giving the Ducks a 2-0 advantage in the third period.

Wild crumbles in final minutes of 4-0 loss; scoreless streak nears record

Anaheim scored three goals in the final six minutes, including an empty netter, as the Wild's scoreless streak reached 156 minutes and Bruce Boudreau cut short his postgame press conference.
Teammates celebrated with Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry (10) after his third period goal against the Minnesota Wild.

Struggling Wild focusing on wins, not counting points

While the Wild is aware it's received breaks from other teams' losses in staying ahead of the curve, players aren't glued to the scoreboard between games.
Minnesota Wild players headed to the locker room after getting shut out at home against the St. Louis Blues 4-0.

Wild's meltdown 'getting pretty ugly'

The 4-0 loss was a ghastly flop in a Central Division battle that felt like the team's most significant test of the season. The Wild has played nine games in February, winning only one. "It's getting pretty ugly," winger Zach Parise said.
Zach Parise skated off the ice at the end of the Wild's 4-0 loss to the Blues at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

Wild players' demeanor, like team's record, is also taking a hit

After the game, coach Bruce Boudreau reiterated the team's goal is to make the playoffs, but how General Manager Paul Fenton affects that ambition is unclear — uncertainty players seem to be processing.
Wild center Luke Kunin

Kunin, Eriksson Ek quietly form 1-2 punch for Wild

Luke Kunin and Joel Eriksson Ek have capitalized on their chemistry to be a consistent duo for the Wild — impact that Kunin believes is spurred by the second chance he received.
Nico Hischier, right watches his overtime goal against Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk

Wild again lacks 'killer instinct,' coughs-up three-goal lead to lose in OT

Nico Hischier put the winning goal past a wandering Devan Dubnyk, getting New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider his first victory in 22 regular-season games.
Tony Dacosta, the Wild’s head equipment manager, handles requests on a daily basis for players such as Zach Parise. But trades throw a wrench into t

Wild equipment managers thrown into high gear this time of year

In-season transitions wouldn't be possible without equipment staffs outfitting players with what they need to represent their new squads, behind-the-scenes shuffling that's essential.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk after he gave up the game-tying goal to Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier in the second period.

'Unforgivable' play sends reeling Wild to home loss vs. Flyers

The Wild led 3-1 and later 4-3 but Tuesday's loss drops Minnesota to to 1-4-2 in its last seven games. The latest setback came after a poor line change that had coach Bruce Boudreau fuming.
Victor Rask watched for the rebound of his first period shot on Flyers goaltender Anthony Stolarz

Injury curtails Boudreau's experiment to create ice time for Rask

Victor Rask filled out the third line next to center Joel Eriksson Ek and right wing Luke Kunin on Tuesday against the Flyers but logged only eight shifts before leaving in the second period after stepping on a puck.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk blocked a shot as Islanders left winger Michael Dal Colle (28) threatened with Wild defenseman Nick Seeler trying to bott

Wiggle room in Wild's playoff picture is shrinking amid slump

With only one victory in its past six games, Minnesota's buffer for a playoff spot has busted.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk looked over his shoulder as a goal shot by Islanders defenseman Devon Toews slipped behind him in the second period Sunda

Parade of penalties leads Wild to 2-1 loss to Islanders

"You can't win against a good team playing a period and a half," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "That's what we played, a period and a half."
Minnesota Wild center Victor Rask (49), of Sweden, skates against New Jersey Devils defenseman Andy Greene (6) during the first period of an NHL hocke

Wild snaps four-game losing streak with 4-2 win over New Jersey

The Wild's third line, Joel Eriksson Ek, Marcus Foligno and Luke Kunin, scored three goals.
Wild left wing Marcus Foligno and Devils right wing Kurtis Gabriel fight during the second period

Foligno says timing was right for fight with Devils' Gabriel

And instead of the Devils getting a spark from the confrontation, it was the Wild that soared after it — pulling away for an eventual 4-2 win.
Edmonton center Leon Draisaitl taunted Wild defenseman Ryan Suter after he scored his second goal of the game in the third period

Missing Mikko: Boudreau calls some players 'a shell' of themselves after loss

The Wild's first game without injured captain Mikko Koivu was a dud that highlighted a familiar problem: a lack of execution in a 4-1 loss to Edmonton.
Mikko Koivu

With Koivu out, Wild's top top lines undergo changes

General Manager Paul Fenton isn't looking for immediate help in the trade market. "We've made some changes to our team. Let's see how we play for the next little bit."
Casey Mittelstadt

Despite bumpy transition, Sabres' Mittelstadt glad he left U early

After wrapping up his high school career as the 2017 Minnesota Mr. Hockey, Casey Mittelstadt logged just one season at the U before signing an entry-level contract with Buffalo.
Buffalo forward Kyle Okposo watches the puck go past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk during the first period

Double dose: Wild loses Koivu, and game to Buffalo in shootout

After captain Mikko Koivu left following a first-period collision, Zach Parise tied Tuesday's game with 97 seconds remaining. But Sabres winger Sam Reinhart scored the only goal in the shootout.
Erik Gustafsson, middle celebrates with teammates Dominik Kahun, left and Duncan Keith after Gustafsson scored a goal against the Wild during the seco

Wild loses challenge, then the game in OT to Blackhawks

Chicago defenseman Erik Gustafsson scored on a disputed goal, then settled a back-and-forth finish on the power play in overtime by wiring a shot by Wild goalie Alex Stalock.
Playing time opened up for Wild defenseman Nate Prosser, right, after Matt Dumba’s injury, but he has been scratched the past five games.

Wild waives Minnesota natives Nate Prosser and J.T. Brown

Recent additions prompted moves, but both could stay in organization.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.355 million contract extension

Stalock happy with contract extension

The South St. Paul product said staying with the Wild means, "The organization is putting a lot of confidence in me."
Dallas Stars center Andrew Cogliano (17) scores a goal against Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) and defenseman Ryan Suter

One elusive puck ends Wild's winning streak at three

The Wild returned from the All-Star break, and slipped into a wild-card position with the 3-1 loss to the Stars. Dallas' tie-breaking goal "was a save you need to make," Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk said.
Ryan Murphy (6) battled Winnipeg’s Andrew Copp during the playoffs last season.

Let's make another deal: Wild sends Ryan Murphy to Devils

After recently adding a pair of NHL options on defense, the Wild tweaked its minor league blue line Wednesday by acquiring Michael Kapla from New Jersey.
Alex Stalock made a save against the Kings on Jan. 15 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild gives goalie Stalock three-year contract extension

The 31-year-old Stalock has a 2.92 goals-against average and .894 save percentage this season in 14 games as a backup to All-Star Devan Dubnyk.
Jordan Greenway’s kitchen serves as more of a backdrop for eating from restaurant containers than a place to prepare meals. But he’s learning.

Wild's Greenway keeps life simple as he acclimates to NHL

An apartment life with few frills fits Wild's Jordan Greenway in his NHL infancy. "I think I've handled it pretty well," he said.
Goalie Devan Dubnyk has experienced plenty of rocky moments in his NHL career, but he’s been an even-keeled model of consistency with the Wild.

Solo no more: Wild All-Star Dubnyk doesn't feel alone in net

Once Devan Dubnyk viewed results through a team lens, he excelled. "If you go out there and have a great game, it's not because you had a great game," he said. "It's because we all did together."
Wild center Eric Staal (12) celebrated the first of his two goals against the Avalanche with left winger Jordan Greenway (back right), center Charlie

Wild hits All-Star break 'in the right direction' after crushing Colorado

Eric Staal scored twice and assisted on another as the Wild won 5-1 in Denver on Wednesday, its third in a row, and now is on an eight-day break with a hold on third in the Central Division.
Defenseman Brad Hunt (77), fighting for the puck earlier this season while with the Vegas Golden Knights, brings an offensive approach and experience

New Wild defenseman Hunt relishes 'new beginning'

A former standout at Bemidji State, Brad Hunt is returning to Minnesota after the Wild picked him up to continue its second-half roster shuffling.
Charlie Coyle, center, was met by teammates after scoring the go-ahead goal in the third period. Jared Spurgeon and Eric Staal, right, assisted.

Vegas haul: Wild wins, moves into playoff spot, deals for Knights defenseman

Charlie Coyle's eighth goal of the season broke a 2-2 tie and sent the Wild to victory over Vegas, and into the third spot in the Central Division.
Vegas left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) fall to the ice while battling for the puck during the third period

Foligno does grunt work for Wild on Coyle's go-ahead goal

Charlie Coyle's goal Monday clinched a rally that Marcus Foligno started when he buried a feed from center Joel Eriksson Ek in the second period

Wild-Columbus game recap

The Wild held off the Blue Jackets 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.
Victor Rask

'It's going to be fun to get started here': Rask makes his Wild debut vs. Columbus

Rask started on a line with wingers Zach Parise and Pontus Aberg, with the team hoping to capitalize on the familiarity Rask and Aberg have from playing together in the past on Swedish national teams.
Minnesota Wild's Eric Staal, center, congratulates Jordan Greenway, right, on Greenway's goal off Columbus Blue Jackets' goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, of R

New-look Wild gets a much-needed victory over Columbus

Although they expect to improve with time, the first impression made by Zach Parise, Victor Rask and Pontus Aberg as a trio combined on the decisive goal — an encouraging finish to a tumultuous week for the team.
Matt Dumba of the Wild and Matthew Tkachuk of the Flames fought during a game Dec. 15.

Wild's Dumba addresses 'frustrating' injury sustained during fight

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba was leading NHL defenseman in goals scored when he suffered the injury on December 15 against Calgary.
Pontus Aberg

Aberg skates with Parise and Coyle; Stalock makes early exit

Pontus Aberg skated at Xcel Energy Center with the Ducks on Wednesday and with the Wild this morning after being traded..
Wild rookie winger Jordan Greenway (18) checked a monitor as he and his teammates left the Xcel Energy Center ice Thursday night, confirming what they

Ducks end 12-game winless streak by shutting out stumbling Wild

After two trades in two days, including dealing veteran Nino Niederreiter, the Wild showed again why general manager Paul Fenton has started a roster makeover.
Nino Niederreiter

Niederreiter says he wasn't surprised at being traded

In addition to scoring one of the biggest goals in Wild history, Nino Niederreiter will also be remembered as the first core piece subtracted by first-year general manager Paul Fenton.
Pontus Aberg (20) has been a regular this season for the Anaheim Ducks.

Wild trades Kloos to Anaheim for Aberg

Pontus Aberg has career highs in goals and assists already this season, and gives the Wild, which plays Anaheim on Thursday, a right shot up front.
Jason Zucker scores the game-winning goal in a shootout against Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick at Xcel Energy Center

Wild surrenders late goal before beating lowly Kings in shootout

A diverse series of goals by the Wild is what it took to ultimately shrug off goaltender Jonathan Quick and the last-place Kings after losses against two of the NHL's other weakest teams.
Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau looks on in the second period against the Los Angeles Kings at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul

When is offside not offside? Wild's Boudreau miffed by coach's challenge ruling

The coach's challenge issued by Bruce Boudreau to examine a play Monday was the fourth unsuccessful try by the Wild this season, a 2-for-6 clip that reflects just how unpredictable these resolutions can be.
The Wild's Devan Dubnyk and Jared Spurgeon (46) and the Red Wings' Dylan Larkin (71) watched as the shot of the Red Wings' Gustav Nyquist trickled int

Too often, Wild is playing like its own worst enemy

The current stretch against the NHL's most woeful teams — which continues tonight in Philadelphia against the last-place Flyers — could be more of a trap than a catapult for the Wild.
For better or worse, the Wild’s success depends on Devan Dubnyk’s play.

North Score: Who's the Wild's most important player?

A Sunday debate with Michael Rand and Sarah McLellan.
Teammates mobbed Detroit’s Tyler Bertuzzi after he completed his hat trick against Devan Dubnyk and the Wild.

Boudreau says of Wild loss: 'Worst game since I've been here'

The Wild was outworked by a struggling Red Wings team playing on the second night of a road back-to-back.
Wild rookie Jordan Greenway has eight goals this season.

Jordan Greenway's confidence is building game by game with the Wild

The 21-year-old is focusing on how authoritative he feels on the ice.
The Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek and Winnipeg's Mason Appleton look toward the puck in the third

After Iowa stint, Wild's Eriksson Ek is back, eager to contribute

As a 21-year-old who surpassed the 100-game plateau earlier this season, Joel Eriksson Ek believes he's still very much in the process of evolving — even now that he's returned to the Wild.
Jason Zucker got the puck past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck for a power-play goal in the second period.

After meeting with coach, Zucker scores twice in another win over Winnipeg

With Jason Zucker coming off a point-free performance on the Wild's recent four-game road trip, coach Bruce Boudreau decided it was time for a chat.
Joel Eriksson Ek.

Eriksson Ek recalled by Wild after Fehr hurt

Joel Eriksson Ek was assigned to Iowa on Dec. 28 to rebuild his confidence in the offensive zone after managing just a goal and four points through 27 games this season with the Wild.
Wild right winger Mikael Granlund (64) celebrated the game's lone goal against the Canadiens, surrounded by teammates Jared Spurgeon (46), Ryan Suter

Late goal, Dubnyk's first shutout give Wild third straight road win

Mikael Granlund ended another night of offensive frustration with a third-period goal and Devan Dubnyk's 32 saves boosted the Wild to a 1-0 victory over Montreal.
It’s been more than a month since Wild backup Alex Stalock has started a game in goal, his longest dry spell of the season.

Wild goalie Stalock ready for start in road trip finale

Stalock is primed to take on a heavier workload — beginning Tuesday against the Bruins in Boston.
Winger Zach Parise, left, and defenseman Jared Spurgeon made big contributions during the Wild’s winning streak in Canada last week.

Halfway through season, inconsistent Wild must define course

Staying on current upward trajectory, or falling off again, could settle season's fate
Wild players celebrate a goal against the Senators during the second period Saturday

Wild shows star quality in comeback victory over Ottawa

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon scored twice and winger Zach Parise delivered the game-winner for a second straight game.
The Senators' Mikkel Boedker (89) and Ben Harpur (67) chase the Wild's Mikko Koivu during the third period Saturday.

Wild's confidence doesn't wane when battling from behind

After overcoming another first-period deficit Saturday afternoon, the Wild improved to 13-12-2 when yielding the first goal.
Toronto’s John Tavares battled for the puck in front of Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk on Thursday.

Early starts have Wild players adjusting routines

The Wild is in a spot in the schedule where it plays four afternoon games in 22 days. "I personally like the routine of a game day," said Jason Zucker, whose normal afternoon plans are kaput with the early starts.
Wild players celebrated a goal by Zach Parise (11) on Toronto goalie Michael Hutchinson.

Wild overcomes fastest goal against, downs Maple Leafs 4-3

Toronto scored seven seconds into Thursday's matinee and quickly made it 2-0. But Zach Parise's third-period goal was the difference in the daytime victory in Toronto.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon

Spurgeon steps up with big game in Wild victory

Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon had a goal and assisted on two others in picking up the slack for injured Matt Dumba.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau tried to inspire his players against Pittsburgh on Monday during a timeout in the third period. The Penguins won 3-2.

Lack of power plays compounding Wild's scoring problems

The Wild was able to score only 30 goals in 13 December games.
Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith covered up the puck Monday as Wild center Luke Kunin jumped over him during the first period of an eventual 3-2 Pittsbur

Bad bounces lead to bad result as Wild falls to Penguins

Fortune finds the Penguins, while the Wild was stonewalled in the team's latest loss.
The Wild's Matt Hendricks (15), Nate Prosser (39), Matt Bartkowski (44) and Marcus Foligno (17) celebrate Bartkowski's goal against the Jets during fi

Wild snaps losing streak, still much more to be done

Matt Bartkowski scored in his Wild debut, and Devan Dubnyk rebounded to quiet the Jets in Winnipeg for a 3-1 win but one game does not erase a 7-12-1 stretch.
Winnipeg Jets' Jacob Trouba can't stop the Wild's Matt Hendricks as he skates past during first period Saturday

Wild's Hendricks delivers grit and inspiration

Veteran forward Matt Hendricks hasn't been a regular for the Wild this season, but he drew into the lineup Saturday because coach Bruce Boudreau knew the team needed an emotional lift.
Wild center Charlie Coyle shot wide on Calgary goaltender David Rittich earlier this month.

Wild stuck in a scoring funk, aims to avoid similar path from last season

Minnesota has only five goals on 181 shots during an 0-4-1 slide.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Fewer penalties by opponents keeps Wild's power play down

A revamped Wild power play amid defenseman Matt Dumba's absence because of injury hasn't made a dazzling debut, going without a goal in its first three games sans Dumba.
Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov, right, of Russia, and John Klingberg, left, of Sweden, celebrate Radulov's game-winning goal in overtime as Minnesota

Loss to Stars pushes Wild's skid to 4, team 'disappointed' entering break

The Stars, mired in a nasty slump of their own, extended the Wild's slide to a season-high four games as the club enters a four-day holiday break. "It's frustrating and disappointing," coach Bruce Boudreau said of the result.
Dallas Stars' Jamie Benn, center, gets squeezed between Minnesota Wild's Greg Pateryn, left, and goalie Devan Dubnyk in the first period of an NHL hoc

Wild-Dallas game recap

The Wild lost to the Stars 2-1 in OT Saturday with the game-winning goal coming with 10 second left in the extra period.
Pittsburgh's Bryan Rust (17) scored his second goal of the night on Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk during the third period

Two bad passes, two Pittsburgh goals in Wild's 2-1 loss to Penguins

Both passes by the Wild were crisp, backhand dishes along the boards. But there was a big problem with both as the Wild dropped its third straight game.
Wild defenseman Greg Pateryn has been promoted to the second unit with Matt Dumba out of the lineup.

Pateryn's rise on Wild's depth chart brings challenges

Greg Pateryn was signed by the Wild to "eat minutes" but he's been promoted to the second unit on defense while Matt Dumba deals with an upper-body injury
Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) eyed an incoming puck in the second period while the Sharks' Brent Burns (88) defended.

Too many lapses, too little offense as Wild falls to Sharks

The Wild gave up two goals in 29 seconds and matched its 2017-18 season total with the team's sixth regulation loss at home.
Jordan Greenway

Greenway seizing on new opportunity with Wild

Saturday's second-period goal was Jordan Greenway's fifth of the season and signaled an opportunity capitalized, as the 21-year-old winger made the most of his time alongside Eric Staal and Mikael Granlund.
Wild left wing Zach Parise raced for a loose puck after he tried unsuccessfully to deflect it past Flames goaltender David Rittich

Calgary comes out on top in 2-1 slugfest over shorthanded Wild

When the dust settled from three first-period fights, Calgary came away with a victory over a Wild team missing some key players.
Mikko Koivu

Injured Koivu skates, Wild hopes 'not too long' for return to lineup

Wild captain Mikko Koivu has been sidelined since taking a knee-on-knee hit from Flames captain Mark Giordano last Thursday. If Koivu practices Friday, it could mean he's back for Saturday's rematch with Calgary.
Charlie Coyle, despite frequent trade rumors, wants to stay with the Wild: “I love it here.”

Versatile Coyle wants to remain with Wild for consistency's sake

Until Mikko Koivu returns from injury, Charlie Coyle is planning on using his ice time to show the upsides of keeping him in a set role.
Wild winger Nino Niederreiter (22) stuffed the puck past Montreal goalie Antti Niemi for a goal in the first period of Minnesota's 7-1 shellacking of

'Everyone took a stand.' Wild back in gear with 7-1 pasting of Montreal

Matt Dumba scored twice and winger Mikael Granlund recorded three assists as more than half the roster found its way into the scorebook..
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk on the dangers of overpreparing: "As long as you’re doing the things that you know you need to do to be comfortable and be

More practice might not be answer for Wild's Dubnyk

Goaltending coach Bob Mason tends to remind Devan Dubnyk what he's doing well and what he should keep an eye out for from the evening's opponent.
Minnesota's Mikko Koivu

'It's just unraveled': Wild, injured Koivu taking time off to regroup

The Wild canceled practice Saturday and will take Sunday off, too, regrouping after a 7-2 loss to the Oilers in Edmonton on Friday where it played without captain Mikko Koivu.
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