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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.
Recent content from Sarah McLellan
Greg Pateryn (29), Carson Soucy (21) and Ryan Donato (6) celebrated a second period goal scored by Soucy against the Stars.

Rested Wild blows out Dallas 7-0

After coach Bruce Boudreau called off the morning skate, Wild players responded. Seven players were responsible for the goals, and 13 totaled at least a point in the rout.
Wild winger Kevin Fiala wants to be creative with the puck, as well as make the smart, safe plays.

Like the Wild, Fiala trying to find his potential

Kevin Fiala is the most skilled player on the Wild and one of its top producers over the past two-plus months. He also happens to be prone to turnovers and untimely penalties, the consequences of offensive risks.
Fiala working to make speed big part of his NHL game

Fiala working to make speed big part of his NHL game

An example of a strength Kevin Fiala brings to the Wild si his speed — an asset his skating coach believes actually became better after Fiala suffered a broken left leg in 2017.
Wild center Luke Kunin slapped at a rebound in front of Lightning goaltender Curtis McElhinney

New-look Wild cools off Lightning, hangs on to beat Tampa Bay 3-2

The Wild on Thursday rolled out a mostly new look to tackle Tampa Bay, which had won 11 of its previous 12 games.
The Wild's Ryan Suter

Wild's Suter denied 'Last Men' All-Star nod, will accept rest

Ryan Suter was a candidate to represent the Central Division in the Jan. 26 NHL All-Star Game but will instead take the upcoming break to heal. Despite being hobbled, Suter hasn't missed any game action.
Pittsburgh's Evgeni Malkin (71) puts the puck behind Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk with Jared Spurgeon defending for a goal during the first period

Following lineup gaffe, Wild hits 'lowest point of the season' in blowout loss

Greg Pateryn dressed but was listed as a scratch on the official playing roster and had to leave Tuesday's game before it started. The Wild then lost 7-3 to the Penguins.
Vancouver's Troy Stecher (51) blasted the puck past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk for a second-period goal in Minnesota's 4-1 loss at Xcel Energy Center on

Penalties, crucial lapse cost Wild in loss to Canucks

Two non-calls, a pair of Vancouver goals in 72 seconds and a special-teams takeover instigated by 13 penalties added up in the latest Wild loss.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock makes a save against Calgary centre Mark Jankowski during the first period

Wild takes a hit in playoff race with 2-1 loss at Calgary

The Wild's fourth defeat in five games, scoring once despite 43 shots on goal, dropped Minnesota six points out of a wild-card spot.
Jordan Greenway signed autographs following the Wild’s outdoor practice Jan. 2 in St. Louis Park.

Wild nice guy Greenway needs mean streak on the ice

Uncorking a physical impact requires Jordan Greenway to turn on a hard-nosed style that is the opposite of his easygoing personality, and flipping that mental switch can be tough.
Zach Parise was set up to tip a shot vs. the Jets.

Parise still cleans up when doing the dirty work

The Wild's game-winning goal Saturday was the latest example of winger Zach Parise reporting for duty in the gritty areas on the ice and getting rewarded.
Calgary defenseman Travis Hamonic is congratulated by the bench after scoring a goal against the Wild in the first period

Extra effort goes to waste as Wild loses to Calgary

The Wild needed more than regulation for a second straight night, and this time went to seven rounds of a shootout before Calgary picked up the extra point at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) watched for a centering pass in front of Calgary goaltender Cam Talbot while defended by Flames defenseman Noah Han

Foligno makes the call and the plays for the Wild

Wild winger Marcus Foligno suggested a fast start and physical play as cures, then provided them.
The Wild celebrated after center Eric Staal poked a loose puck into the net in overtime.

Close call: Wild beats Jets in OT following video review

Eric Staal's power-play goal early in the extra session gave the Wild a win to open the second half of its season.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau talked with his players along the boards during the Wild's outdoor practice Thursday in St. Louis Park.

Wild players excited about playing in 2021 Winter Classic at Target Field

The Wild held an outdoor practice in St. Louis Park the day after learning Minnesota would play host to next year's NHL outdoor showcase event.
The Wild and Blackhawks played a Stadium Series game at TCF Bank Stadium on Feb. 21, 2016.

Wild lands Winter Classic hockey game at Target Field for 2021

Facility improvements helped land the annual New Year's Day event.
The Maple Leafs celebrated the first goal of the game.

Wild ends first half of up-and-down season with loss to Leafs

While being overmatched Tuesday at the X, don't discredit progress the Wild has made to be 19-17-5 at the midway point after winning only four of its first 13 games.

Wild finds it left its scoring on the road

The team has produced just one goal in its first two games in a four-game homestand.
New York Islanders' Casey Cizikas celebrates a goal as Wild defenseman Matt Dumba skates away in the third period

Islanders score three goals in third to beat Wild

After leading most of the game the Wild opened a four-game homestand with a loss, just its third at home in regulation this season.
Center Eric Staal will represent the Wild at the NHL All-Star Game for the second time in three years.

Wild's Staal named to All-Star team

This will be the sixth All-Star Game appearance for Eric Staal, the team's leading scorer, and second with the Wild after most recently participating in 2018. He also skated in the midseason exhibition in 2011, 2009, 2008 and 2007.
Mikko Koivu

Wild's Koivu returns to practice, tries to be patient

Mikko Koivu suffered a lower-body injury on Dec. 3 in Florida. He prcticed with the Wild on Saturday for the first time since he was sidelined.
Wild center Victor Rask, above being congratulated after his go-ahead goal against the Avalanche on Friday, is producing on the fourth line.

Victor Rask playing efficiently for Wild on fourth line

Players like the fourth-line center are keeping Wild in playoff mix.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk made a glove save on Avalanche left winger Matt Nieto looked on in the third period Friday. Dubnyk stopped 40 shots in th

Wild perseveres in back-and-forth battle to trip Avalanche

Climb in the standings continues as Victor Rask scores the game-winner and Devan Dubnyk made a season-high 40 saves to spark a comeback victory over the Avalanche.
Center Nico Sturm (7) has played five games for the Wild since being called up this month after Mikko Koivu was injured.

Sturm ahead of schedule, contributing for Wild

The rookie is growing comfortable with NHL play as he helps fill in for the injured Mikko Koivu.
Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek (14) celebrated his second period goal with center Ryan Donato (6) and left wing Kevin Fiala (22) as defensemen

Wild wipes out some bad memories by shutting out Flames

Devan Dubnyk posted his first shutout of the season, making 22 saves, and the secondary scorers provided the bulk of the offense in the 3-0 victory over Calgary.
Minnesota Wild center Nico Sturm (7) reached in vain for a puck in the third period while in front of Calgary Flames goaltender Cam Talbot (39) with F

Wild's temporary lines are just fine for now

Coach Bruce Boudreau had some choices to make Monday with Joel Eriksson Ek returning from a four-game injury absence. His decisions worked out.
Winnipeg right wing Blake Wheeler got a shot past Wild goaltender Alex Stalock in the first period.

So much for an encore: Wild shut out 6-0 at home by Winnipeg

Two days after scoring eight goals, the Wild was shut down and shut out Saturday vs. the Jets as Connor Hellebuyck racked up 31 saves for his third shutout of the season.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (left) was injured when he and Flames left winger Matthew Tkachuk fought over a year ago, on Dec. 15. Dumba is still lookin

A year after fight and injury, Wild's Dumba still not the same

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba is still looking to rediscover his form after battling Calgary's Matthew Tkachuk on the ice last Dec. 15.
Wild left wing Zach Parise tipped this shot into the glove of Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck

Zucker's injury bumps Parise back to Wild's top line

Zach Parise is back on the top line next to Eric Staal and Mats Zuccarello — a reunion that could help boost a shorthanded Wild offense seeking stability.
Eric Staal celebrated with the Wild bench after his 1,000th NHL point, a goal in Chicago on Sunday.

Wild's Eric Staal passes milestone, moves on to next one

The veteran Wild center became the 89th player in NHL history to rack up 1,000 points.
Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall talked with Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk before Thursday night's game.

Three things about the Wild

Plus a look at how the Coyotes look with the addition of Taylor Hall.
Wild forward Jason Zucker at Xcel Energy Center earlier this month.

Jason Zucker has surgery, will be lost to Wild for a month

The veteran winger broke his right leg during Sunday's loss in Chicago.
Wild defenseman Brad Hunt scored from an almost impossible angle against former Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper in the thrid period, the first of four Wild

Wild ties franchise record for goals in a game in 8-5 victory at Arizona

Devan Dubnyk was good enough in his return to net, making 35 saves.
Wild center Ryan Donato (6) celebrates his goal against the Coyotes with, from left, Mats Zuccarello, Jared Spurgeon, Ryan Suter and Eric Staal during

X marks the spot for Wild prowess

The team is 9-1-3 at home this season, with 18 of the next 22 at Xcel Energy Center.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk

Back in goal: Dubnyk ready to play after month-long absence

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk had been gone from the team for most of the last month as his wife Jenn has faced a serious medical situation.
Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury blocked a shot by Wild left winger Zach Parise during the first period Tuesday. Parise scored in the final

With another key player missing, Wild comes up short in Vegas

Not only was the Wild still without Mikko Koivu, Jared Spurgeon and Joel Eriksson Ek, but Jason Zucker returned to the Twin Cities for treatment of an injury suffered Sunday.
Captain Mikko Koivu left the Wild road trip to return to the Twin Cities to receive treatment on a lower-body injury that has sidelined him for seven

Wild send injured captain Mikko Koivu home

The Wild will close out its road swing without two of its regular centers. Joel Eriksson Ek was placed on injured reserve Monday because of an upper-body injury.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu

Return to action is near for Wild's Koivu, Spurgeon

Mikko Koivu and Jared Spurgeon didn't suit up for the Wild on Sunday in Chicago, but Tuesday at Vegas is in the picture.
Primed for a return to the minors when the Wild convened for camp in September, defenseman Carson Soucy (shown after scoring against the Lightning in

On the plus side: Wild defenseman Soucy has been a revelation

Former Minnesota Duluth Bulldog Carson Soucy, who wasn't a lock to make the team coming out of training camp, leads the Wild with a plus-16 rating.
Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen was fooled on a deflection by the Blackhawks’ David Kampf during the second period Sunday.

Blackhawks get benefit of the bounces in 5-3 win over Wild

Chicago was the beneficiary of three deflections (including one off the Wild) and a puck that barely rolled in — fluky breaks that trumped a few strong individual performances from the Wild.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock blocked a shot attempt by the Flyers in the second period Saturday.

Defense keeps Wild rolling in 4-1 victory over Philadelphia

Alex Stalock had to face only 17 shots as his team's home point streak reached 12 games.
The Wild's Marcus Foligno fought the Flyers' Joel Farabee during Saturday night's game at Xcel Energy Center.

WIld's Foligno, Hartman have been a reliable fourth-line pairing

Their friendship has helped them on the ice, because they can communicate openly and hold each other accountable.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway (18) and the Oilers' Darnell Nurse (25) got into a brawl in the second period Thursday night.

A goal, assist and fight give Wild's Greenway a Gordie Howe hat trick

"When he plays physical, he's into the game more and good things usually happen for him," coach Bruce Boudreau said. "So we hope he plays like that more often."
Luke Kunin (19) is in the center of congratulations for Minnesota's sixth and final goal of the game beating Edmonton 6-5.

Unsure if he'd play, Staal's tie-breaking goal sparks Wild to win over Oilers

Center Eric Staal didn't know if he'd suit up until after he got on the ice Thursday morning. He'd left the previous game in the first period following a collision along the boards with an official.
Mikko Koivu got a hug from former teammate Marian Gaborik as he was honored for his 1,000th game. “We had fun memories,” Gaborik said.

Four former teammates return to honor Wild captain Koivu

Niklas Backstrom, Kyle Brodziak, Marian Gaborik and Nick Schultz surprised Mikko Koivu during a pregame ceremony on the ice.
Max Comtois of the Ducks scored the deciding goal on Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen in the shootout. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ • cgonzalez@startribune.com – S

Wild picks up point, succumbs to Ducks in shootout

Anaheim converted its first two shootout chances on Kaapo Kahkonen, while the Wild failed twice.
Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen made his NHL debut Nov. 26 at New Jersey. He won that game, and his next start at Florida as well.

Kaapo Kahkonen taking advantage of unexpected opportunity with Wild

Destined for another season of seasoning in the AHL, Kahkonen was promoted to the Wild last month when starter Devan Dubnyk stepped away from the team.
Wild winger Ryan Hartman had the puck knocked off his stick by Carolina’s Jake Gardiner (51) during Saturday’s 6-2 loss to the Hurricanes.

After 11-game points streak, the Wild's next response is awaited

The team's difficult start gave way to a streak that reached a stern conclusion. Up or down from here?
Russia's Alexei Vasilevsky, left and Kirill Kaprizov celebrate Kaprizov's opening goal during the Hockey Euro Hockey Tour Karjala Cup match between Cz

Wild GM Guerin gets in actual 'face time' with prospect Kaprizov in Moscow

Bill Guerin was in Moscow last Sunday through Tuesday to meet up with prized prospect Kirill Kaprizov, a visit he felt was a success.
Carolina's Sebastian Aho (20) celebrates his goal against the Wild with teammates Nino Niederreiter (21) and Joel Edmundson, right, during the second

Wild's 11-game point streak comes to an end with 6-2 loss at Carolina

Sebastian Aho scored a hat trick to lead the Hurricanes over the Wild. It was Minnesota's first regulation loss since Nov. 12.
Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker celebrates his goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period.

Wild outscores Lightning for fifth straight win, runs point streak to 11 games

The Wild scored three times in a 1:41 stretch of the first period, then came up with the game-winning goal only eight seconds after the Lightning had tied the score at 4-4 early in the third.
Tyler Ennis, Brennan Menell and Eric Staal (left to right) battled for a loose puck in the corner during the Wild's training camp in 2017

A home-state 'honor': Woodbury native Menell called up by Wild

Brennan Menell was leading defensemen in the AHL with 17 assists. The 22-year-old grew up in Woodbury rooting for Jared Spurgeon, Cal Clutterbuck, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Derek Boogaard
Wild defenseman Nick Seeler, above vs. the Canadiens last month, is excited about getting the chance to play because of Jared Spurgeon’s injury: “

Seeler next man up for Wild with Spurgeon sidelined by hand injury

Jared Spurgeon was injured in the first period Tuesday when he took a shot to the hand during a Panthers power play. Nick Seeler will take his place Thursday when the Wild continues its three-game road trip.
Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen stopped the Panthers' Vincent Trocheck in the first period Tuesday. Kahkonen made a team rookie record of 44 saves in the W

Losing while winning: Spurgeon, Koivu injured in Wild's win over Florida

Defenseman Jared Spurgeon was hurt in the first period and center Mikko Koivu skated one shift in the third before leaving the game, which the Wild won with a pair of third-period goals.
Wild left winger Marcus Foligno missed most of November because of a lower-body injury.

Foligno plays well upon his return to Wild lineup after an injury

In 16 games before suffering a lower-body injury Nov. 7 in San Jose, Foligno scored twice and chipped in four assists.
Zach Parise (11) and goalie Alex Stalock celebrated the Wild’s shootout victory over Dallas on Sunday.

For Wild, 'getting through overtime is a win'

The Wild is 0-4 this season in overtime and 12-32 all-time since the 3-on-3 format was implemented ahead of 2015-16.
Wild center Mikko Koivu hugged goalie Alex Stalock after Stalock blocked a shot in a shootout to beat the the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Sunday at Xcel Energ

Koivu ends big day with biggest goal in shootout win over Dallas

With an assist from his coach, Mikko Koivu executed a storybook ending to his 1,000th career game by scoring the decisive goal that lifted the Wild to a 3-2 shootout victory
The Wild's Zach Parise celebrated with teammate Mikko Koivu after Parise's third-period goal against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

Koivu makes shootout all about him

The Wild captain won with his signature move in his 1,000th game.
A game at a time, Wild captain Mikko Koivu has forged a career that, as of Sunday, will be at 1,000 games and counting, all with Minnesota.

Milestone: Wild's Koivu to play 1,000th NHL game Sunday

The recognition Mikko Koivu is set to receive Sunday afternoon against the Stars at Xcel Energy Center might be the most fitting one that's been bestowed on him to date.
Ottawa goaltender Anders Nilsson blocks a shot by the Wild's Ryan Donato on Friday. Donato finished with three points in the game, a goal and two assi

Wild wins in a rout over Ottawa, and keeps its eyes off the standings

The Wild scored four times in the third period, and got back to .500 on the season after Friday's 7-2 romp by focusing on its play and not the standings.
The Wild's Ryan Hartman celebrates his goal against the Ottawa Senators during the third period on Friday

Wild's fourth line takes a leading role

The Wild's fourth line, which on Friday scored twice in the team's most dynamic offensive performance to date, could soon be split up when Marcus Foligno returns from a lower-body injury.
Kevin Fiala celebrated his first goal of the season on Nov. 2 at Xcel Energy Center.

Thanksgiving is a new holiday for Wild's European players

Adjusting to life in the United States means an added celebration in November.
Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin celebrated with goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen after the goalie posted a 3-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils in his NHL deb

Wild closes with confidence, edges Devils in Kahkonen's NHL debut

The goalie made 32 saves as the Wild finally managed to protect a late one-goal lead.
Against the Devils on Tuesday night, Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen showed some slick stickwork in his NHL debut.

New Wild goalie Kahkonen can handle the puck

He demonstrated the knack he has for handling the puck that even netted him a few goals while he previously played in his native Finland.
Rangers center Chris Kreider (20) skated past Wild goaltender Alex Stalock after scoring the game-tying goal in the third period Monday. The Rangers w

Wild loses lead in final minutes of regulation, game on first shot of OT

The Wild had a chance at redemption, to prove that its late-game collapse at the start of this three-game road trip in Boston was a fluke. Didn't happen.
Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen made a save against Winnipeg in a preseason game in September. He'll make his Wild and NHL debut against the Devils on

Kahkonen to make NHL debut in goal for Wild on Tuesday

Kaapo Kahkonen will be the seventh goalie to play his first NHL game with the Wild.
Boston's Patrice Bergeron (37) and Brad Marchand (63) chase a deflection off Wild goalie Alex Stalock

Wild crumbles late, loses 5-4 in overtime to Boston

Torey Krug capped off Boston's comeback with an end-to-end rush that he buried five-hole on goalie Alex Stalock midway through overtime.
It all began in New York for Mats Zuccarello (36), who is now fighting his battles for the Wild.

Wild's Zuccarello, a former Ranger, returning to Madison Square Garden

He spent most of his adult life in the Big Apple, arriving as a 23-year-old from his native Norway and becoming a fan favorite during his 500-plus games with New York.
Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen makes a save on a Winnipeg shot during the second period of a preseason game in September.

Boudreau has a plan for Wild goalie Kahkonen's NHL debut

Kaapo Kahkonen, who's assumed the backup position during Devan Dubnyk's absence, might make his NHL debut during this three-game road trip.
Ryan Donato of the Wild was shadowed by Alexander Radulov (47) of the Stars during a game in Dallas on Oct. 29.

Wild's trip to Boston is return home for Ryan Donato

Ryan Donato is expecting 20 to 30 family members and friends to take in his return to TD Garden on Saturday, his first game back in Boston since the Bruins traded him to the Wild in February.
With Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (pictured) unavailable, No.2 Alex Stalock started a second consecutive game Thursday. Kaapo Kahkonen backed him up.

Dubnyk remains apart from Wild, will miss road trip

A family issue has led to his absence, and it's not clear when it will end.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) leapt forward for a save with the help of left wing Kevin Fiala (22) in the second period.

'Guns vs. guns.' Wild survives frenzied finish to hold off Colorado

Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon and Mikko Koivu all blocked shots in the closing minutes while goalie Alex Stalock stopped everything fired at him in the third period.
Wild goalie Alex Stalock

Wild goalie Stalock wants to stop taking bad with the good

Each of Alex Stalock's first three victories this seaso have been e followed by a letdown his next time out. "It's an every-day league, and [Thursday's] going to be another test," he said.
Wild forward Zach Parise puts the puck past Buffalo goalie Linus Ullmark during the first period

Parise starts hot, Wild keeps the heat on Buffalo in 4-1 victory

Both of Zach Parise's goals came in the first period, a strong start by the Wild on the road that teed up one of its cleanest showings of the season.
Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek shields Arizona defenseman Jakob Chychrun from the puck during a game Nov. 9.

Eriksson Ek's endurance, instinct earns him extra ice time for Wild

Joel Eriksson Ek always has been known for his defensive awareness, but more opportunity has led to more scoring chances, too.
Carolina's Dougie Hamilton (19) grabbed the chin of teammate Andrei Svechnikov (37) after Svechnikov's overtime goal against the Wild on Saturday.

Wild's 3-on-3 overtime woes continue with latest performance

The Wild fell to 12-30 in OT play since the start of the 2015-16 season.