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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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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.
The Oilers celebrated a goal against the Wild during the third period Friday.

Edmonton uses early goals to put away Wild 7-2

Devan Dubnyk allowed three goals on the first six Oilers shots of the game, and it unraveled from there.
Mikko Koivu

Wild sends Koivu home because of lower-body injury after getting tripped

Calgary captain Mark Giordano was issued a tripping penalty and later received a two-game suspension for kneeing Mikko Koivu after a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Friday
The Wild's Joel Eriksson, center, is shoved away from the net by Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith as Oliver Kylington looks on

Boudreau calls Wild 'awful' in first shutout loss of the season

Rushes fizzled in the neutral zone amid a bevy of turnovers and poor decision making that undermined other aspects of the Wild's game.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway, front, was tripped by Vancouver Canucks' Michael Del Zotto during the first period Tuesday. Greenway's physical force in t

Greenway's line gets physical, generates scoring chances for Wild

Rookie Jordan Greenway merited praise for being a physical force in the offensive zone, and sustaining pressure that helped the Wild find a rhythm Tuesday in Vancouver.
Wild wing Jason Zucker, above celebrating a goal against the Arizona last month, has three goals in the past four games. He has nine goals total in 27

'$5 million guy' Zucker 'feels like' a 30-goal scorer for Wild

Signing a five-year, $27.5 million contract over the summer changed how winger Jason Zucker perceived his role on the Wild.
The Wild's Jason Zucker tips the puck past Vancouver goalie Anders Nilsson to score during the second period

One power play with two goals adds up to break Wild's three-game losing streak

To stop a season-long, three-game losing streak, the Wild utilized the formula that fueled its prowess earlier this season — relying on a smart, patient, well-rounded hockey for a 3-2 victory.
The Wild's Mikael Granlund had the puck after Toronto Maple Leafs' Travis Dermott fell

Wild had its chances vs. Leafs, especially Staal's line

Eric Staal's like on Saturday combined for an eye-popping 13 shots, with Jason Zucker pacing everyone on the ice with six.
Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen blocked a shot by the Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek

Inconsistent Wild loses third straight, falling 5-3 to Toronto

A pair of own goals - both off defneseman Nick Seeler - swung Saturday's game in Toronto's favor.
Columbus Blue Jackets' Cam Atkinson, left, carries the puck behind the net as the Wild's Ryan Suter defends Thursday.

Wild's downward trend continues with 4-2 loss at Columbus

The Wild looked ready to atone for Tuesday's collapse to the Coyotes with an early goal Thursday but Columbus scored three straight to take control.
Nate Prosser, playing vs. Boston last season, is forced to be on-call in the late stage of his career.

Prosser tries to stay ready when his number is called

It's a daily game of wait-and-see for the Wild's on-call defenseman. "I understand what position I'm in," 32-year-old Nate Prosser said
The Coyotes' Michael Grabner shot the puck past Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk for a third-period goal in Arizona's 4-3 victory at Xcel Energy Center on Tue

Wild's third-period collapse gives away game to Arizona

The Coyotes rallied by scoring three goals in a 5 1/2-minute stretch of the third period. "It just felt like our emotion was gone," defenseman Jared Spurgeon said.
The Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek (left) and Jordan Greenway are both high draft picks looking to settle in as bona fide NHLers by playing a heavy style tha

Greenway, Eriksson Ek on parallel path to improve for Wild

They're both high draft picks looking to settle in as bona fide NHLers by playing a heavy style that sparks scoring.
With the help of his 6-3, 214-pound frame, former Gophers defenseman Brady Skjei is one of the top shot blockers for the New York Rangers.

Art of hockey shot blocking: Block the shot, block the pain.

"I'm an idiot." That's how Wild winger Marcus Foligno reacted when he turned his body in front of a shot from the point in a recent game.
Minnesota Wild goalie Alex Stalock

Stalock proving he's dependable backup for Wild in nets

Alex Stalock hasn't disappointed in his second season as the Wild's backup.
The Wild had plenty of onlookers for its light workout on Saturday at the Recreation Outdoor Center in St. Louis Park. After practice, as has become t

Getting back to the outdoors

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The Wild's Eric Staal celebrates a goal vs. the Jets on Friday.

Statement game: Staal's goal highlights dizzying Wild victory over Winnipeg

Down 2-0 to open the third period, the Wild scored four times to stun the Jets.
Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter

Niederreiter responds well to fourth-line assignment

Friday's change of scenery ended up helping Wild forward Nino Niederreiter rediscover his offensive flair.
Matt Dumba stretched out for the puck in the second period Wednesday vs. Ottawa. He scored twice in the game.

Wild's new scoring machine Dumba embracing his scoring touch

The team's season goal-scoring record for a defenseman is 17 goals and Matt Dumba already has 10 -- with 60 games remaining on the schedule.
Matt Dumba celebrated with teammates after scoring a goal in the second period.

Wild survives big blown lead to top Ottawa 6-4

The Senators scored three quick goals in the third period to tie the game but the Wild responded to snap a two-game losing streak.
Nick Seeler’s new look.

Wild players find 'spitting chiclets' is part of the job

Defenseman Nick Seeler is latest to have a gap in his smile as mouthguards are frequently disdained.
Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) celebrates wtih Wild left wing Jason Zucker (16) who scored a goal on New York Islanders goaltender Jaroslav Hal

How can you break out of a scoring slump in the NHL?

NHL Insider: There are lots of methods, but no tried and true answer.
Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews reacts after scoring against Wild goaltender Alex Stalock during the first period

Wild digs early hole in Chicago, goes 0-for-weekend

For the first time this season the Wild lost back-to-back games in regulation, unable to match the Blackhawks at United Center.
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk couldn't reach a third-period shot by the Capitals' Dmitry Orlov in a loss last week.

Success at home hasn't come as easily for Wild as it did a season ago

Remaining a near lock at Xcel Energy Center, on the heels of a 27-6-8 record in 2017-18, appears to be a work in progress.
Sabres winger Jason Pominville (29) celebrates the game-winning goal with teammates Rasmus Ristolainen, (55), Jack Eichel (9) and Jeff Skinner (53)

Wild coughs up two-goal lead in 3-2 home loss to Buffalo

When lead doesn't grow, Sabres hang around until Pominville wins it.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Wild's Dumba earning place among top goal-scoring defensemen

Matt Dumba's eight goals rank second in the league by a blueliner; only the Maple Leafs' Morgan Rielly (nine) has more.
Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon shoots against the Canucks during the first period Thursday.

Minus Parise, Wild bounces back with balanced victory over Vancouver

With Zach Parise out due to illness, Mikko Koivu's three-point night highlighted the new-look Wild in Thursday night's home victory over the road-weary Canucks.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock celebrates with defenseman Matt Dumba after the Wild defeated Anaheim on Nov. 9

Wild goaltenders have been key to back-to-back success

Backup Alex Stalock and No. 1 goalie Devan Dubnyk have posted a solid .926 save percentage in the second game of Wild's back-to-backs so far this season.
Wild left winger Zach Parise was dumped to the ice by Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen in the second period. Parise bounced back to score in the thir

Wild leaves its road-trip swagger behind in loss to Washington

It was the team's first regulation defeat on home ice after starting 5-0-2 and then playing on the road for more than two weeks.
Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin held up the Stanley Cup during a victory rally on the National Mall in Washington last June.

Similar Capitals offer Wild an object lesson on postseason success

Since Washington's journey culminated in its first championship last summer, the Wild is hopeful a similar outcome can happen to it since it's following the same script.
The Wild's Joel Eriksson Ek scores past St. Louis Blues goaltender Chad Johnson on Sunday.

'Believe a little bit more': Eriksson Ek sees confidence renewed

Joel Eriksson Ek secured his first point of the season — an assist — in his 100th career game Friday against the Ducks. On Sunday, he picked up a goal.
After a successful road trip, the going doesn’t get any easier for the Wild and goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40), who will face Alex Ovechkin and the re

Good test for Wild: Stanley Cup-champion Caps at the X tonight

Continuing to climb won't be easy for the Wild. Its first test back at home Tuesday is against superstar Alex Ovechkin and the reigning Stanley-Cup champion Capitals.
Wild left wing Zach Parise is congratulated by teammates after his goal during the second period against the Kings on Thursday.

Long road trip revealing plenty about Wild

On the brink of the finale of a seven-game trek, more than a few insights have emerged, but one is particularly clear: The Wild is a competitive bunch that has developed a knack for winning.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock celebrates with defenseman Matt Dumba after the Wild defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-1 on Friday.

Wild stays hot, posts impressive 5-1 win over Anaheim for SoCal sweep

The Wild won for the ninth time in 11 games, and improved to 4-0 on the season in second game of a back-to-back.
Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22)

Breakthrough goal provides Niederreiter sense of relief

Nino Niederreiter wasn't getting rewarded for his continued efforts, so the lack of scoring production started to take its toll mentally. He finally broke through for a goal Thursday night.
Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon took his game-winning shot on Winnipeg Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit in September

Wild's defense continues to help out on offense

Heading into Thursday, the Wild's blue line boasted 34 points and the unit's 14 goals ranked second in the NHL.
Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter scored as Kings goaltender Jack Campbell during the first period Thursday.

Niederreiter's slump-busting goal 'a great relief' in win over Kings

Nino Niederreiter buried his first goal this season – and first in 28 games overall – to get the ball rolling on the Wild's 3-1 road victory over the Kings.
A chef at Barclay Prime — Nino Niederreiter’s go-to restaurant — sprinkled coarse salt on a cheesesteak at the restaurant in Philadelphia.

Wild enjoys fine dining on road trips

NHL Insider: Working through a franchise-record seven consecutive road games, Wild players have been reacquainted with life out of a suitcase - and dining at some of the finest restaurants in North America.
San Jose Sharks' Marcus Sorensen, right, scores a goal against Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk during the first period

Mistakes make things worse for Wild in 4-3 loss to Sharks

After twice battling back from two-goal deficits, the Wild finally had no answer for Barclay Goodrow's unasssisted third-period goal.
Three Wild newcomers have added quality depth in the early going (clockwise from right): center Eric Fehr, defenseman Greg Pateryn (29, with Devan Dub

Secret to success? Wild's supporting cast key to team's hot start

Moves made by the Wild during the summer didn't do a lot to excite its fans but have played a key role in the team getting off to one of the best starts in the NHL.
The Wild's Mikael Granlund looks to pass around St. Louis Blues' Jay Bouwmeester

Wild turns in a complete game in 5-1 rout at St. Louis

Nine different Wild players contributed to the offense, including rookie defenseman Nick Seeler scoring his first career goal and Eric Staal scoring his 400th.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk celebrates with teammate Greg Pateryn after their victory over the St. Louis Blues

Pateryn, rookie Seeler give Wild solid third defensive pairing

Free-agent addition Greg Pateryn and rookie Nick Seeler have locked down a defensive pairing for the Wild.
Marcus Foligno, top, and Eric Fehr celebrated a goal by Fehr in the first period against the Kings last Thursday.

With Foligno and Fehr, Wild is not caught shorthanded

NHL Insider: Marcus Foligno and Eric Fehr have become the team's top penalty killers.
Wild center Mikael Granlund celebrated his third-period, power-play goal as Oilers center Tobias Rieder skated past in Minnesota's 4-3 victory in Edmo

Streaking Granlund rallies Wild past Oilers with late goal

Minnesota never led in the game until Mikael Granlund scored with less than six minutes to play.
Wild right winger Mikael Granlund (shown against Tampa Bay in a game earlier in October) tallied an assist in Monday's 5-2 setback in Vancouver, the e

Wild's Granlund extends point streak to nine games against Edmonton

On Tuesday night, he notched the game-winner against the Edmonton Oilers in the third period in the team's 4-3 victory.
Wild right winger Mikael Granlund jostled for control of the puck with Canucks defenseman Derrick Pouliot in the first period of Vancouver's 5-2 victo

Long Wild road trip starts with disappointing loss in Vancouver

It wasn't a good start to a seven-game road trip, as the Canucks scored goals 40 seconds apart in the second period.
Wild left winger Jordan Greenway celebrated his score-tying goal against Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom (25) during the first period Monday night

Wild's Greenway gets a crash course in confidence

The weekend was a blur, but the rookie Wild forward said he gained perspective on what it means to make it to the NHL.
Minnesota Wild center Eric Staal (12) celebrates scoring against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday.

Wild sees road trip as opportunity to make improvement

Although an 18-20-3 showing a season ago on the road didn't impede the Wild from advancing to the playoffs, it made its pursuit more challenging.
Colorado Avalanche's Colin Wilson (22) skates past Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund (64), of Finland, during the second period of an NHL hockey game S

Wild slows Avalanche's top line, picking up fifth straight victory

Winger Mikael Granlund and defenseman Jonas Brodin were among the contingent dispatched to contain the Avalanche's offensive leaders, and not only did they deliver, they also chipped in at the other end.
Colorado Avalanche's Sven Andrighetto (10), of Switzerland, takes the puck from Minnesota Wild's J.T. Brown (23) during the first period of an NHL hoc

Wild-Avalanche game recap

The Wild defeated the Avalanche 3-2 Saturday in a rematch from its season-opener.
Mikael Granlund and Jonas Brodin celebrated an empty net Granlund goal in the third period.

Dubnyk contributes on both ends of the ice, Wild extends win streak

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk has cemented his status as team MVP through the first three weeks of the season. But what about his offense?
The Wild's Jonas Brodin (25), Jared Spurgeon (46), Zach Parise (11) and Mikko Koivu (9) celebrate a goal by Parise against the Tampa Bay Lightning

Now healthy, Parise again able to work on his game

Although a fractured sternum knocked Zach Parise out of last season's playoffs, he's had no problem picking up where he left off.
Since signing matching 13-year, $98 million contracts with Zach Parise in 2012, Wild defenseman Ryan Suter now holds several franchise records.

Man without a plan: Suter's hockey adventure reaches 1,000th game

Ryan Suter says he doesn't hockey for statistics and praise. Even so, he holds Wild franchise records and 'doesn't get anywhere near the accolades he deserves,' his coach says.
Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy watches as Wild center Charlie Coyle celebrates the game-winning goal by Mikael Granlund on Saturday.

Finishing kick: Wild showing ability to mount third-period charges

The early-season trend of finishing strong has the Wild encouraged as it pauses for a four-day break in the schedule.
The Wild's Mikael Granlund skates with the puck against the Lightning's Anton Stralman in the third period

Granlund's OT goal gives Wild a home victory over Tampa Bay

Mikael Granlund slung a shot through Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy 3 minutes, 43 seconds into the extra period.
Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau

Boudreau's offensive advice for Wild pays off

"The whole message is shoot pucks and get to the net," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "If you do that, good things can happen."
The Wild’s Zach Parise pestered Arizona goaltender Darcy Kuemper during the team’s 2-1 home victory on Tuesday.

Yo-yo effect: Wild in the middle of two back-to-backs in one week

The Wild will try to assemble its first win streak during another arduous back-to-back, starting Friday at Dallas against the Stars before returning to Xcel Energy Center to play host to the Lightning on Saturday.
The Wild's Zach Parise, right, dives for the puck as Arizona goalie Darcy Kuemper reaches for it in the second period

Shorthanded Wild beats Arizona (and the odds) behind Staal

Down to 10 forwards with Mikko Koivu away and Matt Hendricks injured, the Wild got a third-period goal from Eric Staal to break a 1-1 tie at the X.
Predators right winger Craig Smith (15) and Ryan Johansen, left, celebrated after Smith scored a goal against Wild goaltender Alex Stalock in the firs

Costly lapses sink Wild against Predators

The power play produced and Alex Stalock's goaltending was solid, but breakdowns and poor decisions sabotaged the Wild's efforts.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk turned aside 52 of 57 shots against Carolina on Saturday, which were the most given up by the Wild in team history, tied Dubn

Wild's Dubnyk says he's not worried about facing so many shots

Only two goalies had encountered more shots than Dubnyk's 167 entering Monday's games, and only one had posted more saves than Dubnyk's 156.
The Wild's Marcus Foligno was bottled up between the Hurricanes' Curtis McElhinney, left, and Brett Pesce during the first period Saturday.

Wild struggling to produce a strong first period

The Wild has yielded only four goals in the first period, but it's the feel of these periods that has been the problem, with the opposition appearing to dictate the action.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk made one of his 52 saves Saturday, on a shot by the Hurricanes' Micheal Ferland during the first period.

Despite 52 saves from Devan Dubnyk, Wild falls in OT to Carolina

Wild salvages a point despite Carolina's 57 shots, a record for an opponent.
Jordan Greenway earlier this year.

Wild's Jordan Greenway benefits from move to wing

He remained next to Eric Staal and Jason Zucker to start Saturday's game.
Carolina's Sebastian Aho celebrated his overtime goal, coming on the Hurricanes' 57th shot on goal against the Wild on Saturday.

Wild-Carolina game recap

A quick look at Saturday's game.
The Wild celebrates a last-minute goal in regulation tie the game up and send it overtime.

Last-minute magic: Shorthanded tying goal sets up Zucker's overtime winner

After managing only two goals in two games last week, the Wild used a four-day break in the schedule to tweak the lines and harp on improving its speed.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Dumba's solution for missed shots: keep shooting

Regardless if the opportunities result in goals, Wild defenseman Matt Dumba's outlook is the same: shoot the puck.
Wild winger Marcus Foligno (17) dropped the gloves with Vegas tough guy Ryan Reaves (75) on Saturday night.

Wild's Foligno: 'You feel like you got hit by a truck some nights'

The Wild winger was sidetracked after being socked in the face only three games into his Wild debut last season and suffering a facial fracture.
Vegas' Erik Haula scores the game-winning goal against the Wild's Devan Dubnyk during a shootout on Saturday

Wild's home opener spoiled by shootout loss to Haula, Vegas

Knights didn't dent Dubnyk until 91 seconds remained in regulation.
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt

Wild's Fehr surprised by former Gopher Schmidt's suspension

Nate Schmidt was suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy. "You just gotta be extra careful," said Eric Fehr, a teammate of Schmidt's in Washington.
The Wild’s leaders, from left Ryan Suter, Mikko Koivu and Zach Parise, know that the team had to have a better season or the core group of players c

Is this the last chance for Wild's veterans to get it right?

After six seasons of making the playoffs and not advancing far, the Wild has a new goal in 2018-19: Do better to keep the core of the team together.
As Paul Fenton tries to build a winner, the first-year Wild general manager does so with the same passion he found for the game of hockey when he disc

Wild GM Fenton has step-by-step building process

On the brink of Thursday's season opener in Colorado, Gm Paul Fenton is excited. But he's also preparing to keep a level-headed, long-term view of the process
Forward Matt Hendricks, who signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Wild in July, has stood out in preseason play for his work ethic on the ice.

Hendricks makes Wild roster -- and an impression

After making a solid impression the past few weeks, the 37-year-old Blaine native has a chance to be among the Wild players who skate Thursday in the season opener at Colorado.
Wild right wing Matt Read, who went body to body with Blues center Ivan Barbashev in a preseason game Sept. 19, has cleared waivers but could wind up

Wild trims roster, more moves coming by Tuesday

The Wild is getting closer to finalizing its opening-night look — especially after forwards Matt Read, Kyle Rau and Mike Liambas, defenseman Matt Bartkowski and goalie Andrew Hammond cleared waivers Sunday.
Defenseman Gustav Olofsson still has his sights on making the team, even after being injured in the first preseason game.

Wild's Olofsson optimistic despite missing most of preseason

Just days into his audition at training camp for a depth spot on defense, Gustav Olofsson suffered a shoulder injury.
This photo of NHL greats is only missing Wayne Gretzky’s signature..

Boudreau's mementos tell the story of a rich hockey life

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has plenty of hockey memories and counts his blessings – but what he wouldn't do for a Stanley Cup.
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