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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
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.
The Wild’s Matt Dumba and Mikko Koivu congratulate Kevin Fiala on his goal

Right place, right time: Wild returns home, wins on Greenway's gritty goal

The Wild put 20 shots on goal in the first period, but was at its best in the third when it wrapped up a home victory, just the sixth game at Xcel Energy Center this season, thanks to Jordan Greenway's first goal of the season.
Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala carries the puck in front of Arizona Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski (33) in the third period during an NHL hoc

Wild winger Fiala: 'My confidence is pretty high'

After coming over to the Wild from Nashville last season, Kevin Fiala signed a two-year, $6 million contract.
Los Angeles Kings’ Jeff Carter (77) scores past Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk (40) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday,

Wild can't take advantage of matchup in road trip ending loss to Kings

The Wild ended their four-game, 10-day road trip against one of the few teams below it in the standings. But the Kings took a two-goal lead and held on to win.
Wild General Manager Bill Guerin (right, with owner Craig Leipold) is still evaluating the club at the six-weeks mark of the season.

Six-week evaluation: GM Guerin needs to see more from his Wild

General manager Bill Guerin likes the team's chemistry but noted: "We need to be more consistent with our effort. … The game starts at 7, and sometimes we show up at 7:45."
Wild right wing Ryan Hartman celebrates after scoring a goal against the Coyotes in the third period

More of the same: Wild falls behind, completes rally to beat Arizona 4-3

Minnesota again allowed the first two goals but rebounded to pick up the road win.
Wild defenseman Ryan Suter stood up Edmonton’s Connor McDavid earlier this season.

Wild's thirty-something veterans know the perks of experience

The Wild, as one of the oldest teams in the league with eight players in their 30s and an average age of 28.5, tries to take advantage of the benefits of maturity.
San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones, on ice, and San Jose Sharks' Erik Karlsson (65) defend against a shot by the Wild's Zach Parise

Wild's Parise grateful for scoring chances, regretful about misses

Martin Jones' right pad blocked both shots from Zach Parise late in Thursday's game, helping to preserve a 6-5 goal-a-thon that ended in photo-finish fashion in San Jose's favor.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway looked to pass as the Sharks' Timo Meier pursued him in the second period Thursday night.

Greenway credited with turning tide vs. Ducks

The 6-foot-6 225-pound forward set the tone with a physical shift in the second period.
Wild center Eric Staal, left, celebrated with left wing Jason Zucker after scoring against the Ducks in the third period Tuesday.

Wild has less to fear on West Coast trip this season

Many of the foes facing the Wild on this 10-day expedition to California and Arizona are in the same position it is — trying to restore their reputation as a competitive threat.
Wild center Mats Zuccarello, left, battled Ducks right winger Jakob Silfverberg for the puck during the second period Tuesday. Zuccarello had a goal a

Different story: Wild rallies from two-goal hole to beat Ducks 4-2

Not only did the Wild stop a five-game losing streak on the road,.but it was the first time it had rallied from a two-goal deficit away from the X since January.
St. Louis Blues center Ryan O'Reilly scored the game-winner in overtime against the Wild.

Wild players sound off on officials' calls after OT loss to St. Louis

Ryan O'Reilly scored the clincher for the Blues 2 minutes, 27 seconds into the extra period, this after a pair of controversial calls went against the Wild.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock sits by the net after giving up a goal to Dallas Stars' Alexander Radulov on Oct. 29

Bad case of puck luck set the tone for Wild's downward week

Bad breaks have taken over, the latest round of adversity the Wild will have to overcome as it attempts to restore order as it heads out on a west coast road trip.
Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons scored a goal against Wild goaltender Alex Stalock on Oct. 24. The Predators won 4-0. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

Wild seeks fresh start after its October numbers rank near bottom of NHL

Wild players are hopeful November, beginning Saturday when it hosts the reigning Stanley Cup champion Blues, can bring a fresh start.
Dallas Stars left wing Roope Hintz and Alexander Radulov celebrate a goal scored by Hintz as the Wild's Ryan Suter looks away in the third period. Dal

Boudreau, Wild looking to address repeated late-game fades

Tuesday's bad bounces were one thing, but it also continued a trend of third-period flops.
The Wild's Jared Spurgeon reaches for the puck with St. Louis Blues' Zach Sanford during the second period

Wild's ugly October ends with another loss on the road

After losing 2-1 to St. Louis, the Wild's eight points for the month are the team's second-fewest ever, behind only the seven it earned during its first season of play.
The Wild's Jordan Greenway and Alex Stalock look away after the Stars' Joe Pavelski scored in the third period

Wild blows 3-0 lead, deflects three shots into own net for 'absurd' 6-3 loss

The Wild held a 3-0 lead at Dallas until the final minute of the second period when its spectacular collapse began. "We sat back and sat back and kept sitting back," forward Jason Zucker said.
Wild captain Mikko Koivu has averaged 17 minutes, 41 seconds of ice time this season, below his career average.

Will balanced ice time for Wild's forwards lead to more goals?

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau aims to keep forwards on the ice no more than 18 minutes during games.
Wild defenseman Carson Soucy used smelling salts during Saturday's game vs. Los Angeles.

Useless habits, misplaced beliefs: How Wild players prepare for battle

Behind the scenes, plenty of head-scratching habits dominate hockey — longstanding traditions that serve a purpose even if they look strange or senseless.
Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk was looked at by a trainer before departing Tuesday night's game vs. Edmonton.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk's recovery leads to reassignment for Kaapo Kahkonen

Bruce Boudreau said he expects his regular goalie will be able to play this week.
Wild defenseman Brad Hunt approached the bench to celebrate a goal in the third period vs. Montreal.

Wild samples comforts of home, but it won't last

The team has played the fewest home games in the NHL, and November doesn't get better.
The Wild's Gerald Mayhew had reason to celebrate after scoring a goal past Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick in the first period.

Wild continues strong play at home, winning 5-1 over Los Angeles

Eric Staal continued his recent resurgence, scoring the decisive goal late in the second period, defenseman Matt Dumba chipped in two assists and goalie Alex Stalock snuffed out 30 shots in his second consecutive start.
Nashville center Calle Jarnkrok celebrates with left wing Viktor Arvidsson after Jarnkok scored a goal against the Wild

Fast start fizzles: Wild shut out 4-0 at Nashville

The Wild had its chances early, but Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne pocketed 26 saves for his first shutout of the season and fifth of his career against Minnesota.
The 6-5, 211-pound Carson Soucy has put together an impressive start to the young season.

Soucy springs rookie surprise on Wild: 'It's hard to take Carson out right now.'

After not playing in the first game, Carson Soucy debuted during the next outing in Colorado and rattled off five straight appearances
Kaapo Kahkonen

Wild stays confident following slow start; Kahkonen recalled with Dubnyk out

After consecutive victories, the Wild heads back to Nashville, where the season started poorly.
Wild center Eric Staal (12) celebrated after scoring his second of two goals in the first period against Edmonton on Tuesday.

Sudden life: Staal breaks slump as Wild wins with fast start

Eric Staal scored two goals in 75 seconds and added an assist during a hot first period that sparked the Wild to its first set of back-to-back victories since March.
After capitalizing mostly off one-timers and other shots around the net last season, Wild winger Jason Zucker’s first three goals have been deflecti

Wild winger Zucker's middle-man motto: 'It's all in the pass'

As the bumper, or middle man, Jason Zucker's chief responsibility with the man advantage is to support the puck and be an outlet for whoever has it.
Phillip Danault is taken out from in front of the Wild's net by defenseman Ryan Suter

Video session shows Wild series of 'bonehead plays' from road trip

Before returning to action Sunday, the Wild took to the video room and watched a series of its own mistakes
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk reacts after a Toronto goal during the second period on Tuesday

Eager to get out of rut, Wild players say losing slide can't continue

At 1-6, the Wild believes it can stage a turnaround and avoid a season-long spiral — a fate it could start to distance itself from beginning Sunday when the team hosts the Canadiens.
Montreal Canadiens' Nick Suzuki, left, scores past Wild goaltender Alex Stalock during first-period action.

Wild's dreadful, discouraging start continues with 4-0 loss to Canadiens

Jason Zucker.didn't hold back about the loss after the team held a players-only meeting. "Bruce [Boudreau] has got to be better. We've got to be better. Everybody's got to be better. That's it."
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk reacts after a Toronto goal during the second period Tuesday.

Wild's Dubnyk surprised, disappointed by his 0-5 start

What gives Devan Dubnyk confidence that he'll rebound is he hasn't felt off in any of his starts. But that's also what's making him frustrated.
The Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews, right, scored on Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk during Toronto’s four-goal second period Tuesday.

Brutal second period sends Wild to fifth loss in six games

Lapses by the Wild this season have come in spurt during the first weeks of the NHL season, and Tuesday night's led to a 4-2 loss at Toronto during which an early lead didn't hold up.
Kevin Fiala (22) celebrated after scoring a preseason goal on Sept. 29 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild's Fiala a healthy scratch in Toronto

Kevin Fiala was hyped as someone who could add a dynamic presence to the Wild's top-six forward group when he was brought in at the trade deadline in February in exchange for forward Mikael Granlund, who went to the Predators to complete the swap.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock and Marcus Foligno celebrated after Stalock made 26 saves in defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Monday, earning the Wil

Wild doesn't care that first victory of season wasn't a pretty one

The Wild didn't earn any style points for rousing out of a sleepy stalemate to defeat Ottawa, another struggling team, 2-0 on a pair of third-period goals.
Wild goaltender Alex Stalock and Marcus Foligno celebrated after Stalock made 26 saves in defeating the Ottawa Senators 2-0 on Monday, earning the Wil

Stalock wanders a little, stops a lot in Wild victory

The backup goalie posted his sixth career shutout in the team's first win of the season.
Penguins center Zach Aston-Reese (46) celebrated a second-period goal by teammate Adam Johnson (not pictured) in a 7-4 victory over the Wild at Xcel E

Wild drops to 0-4 after loss to Penguins in home opener

This was the first home opener the Wild dropped in regulation in franchise history after going 14-0-4.
Will General Manager Bill Guerin

Wild faces GM Guerin's old employer in home opener

Only a few players remain from the 2009 championship squad that Bill Guerin was on with the Penguins — captain Sidney Crosby, center Evgeni Malkin and defenseman Kris Letang.
Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine celebrated his goal as Wild defenseman Matt Dumba skates by him during the second period.

Third-period collapse sinks Wild as weak, winless start continues

Winnipeg broke a 2-2 tie with two goals less than a half-minute apart in the third period as the Wild dropped its first three games in regulation for the first time in franchise history.
Jets forward Jack Roslovic (28) got in front of Wild defenseman Brad Hunt’s stickcheck during a preseason game Sept. 29 at Xcel Energy Center.

Wild's Hunt still living his 'dream' and passing on message to others

Playing in Minnesota has veteran defenseman Brad Hunt feeling content with his hockey career.
Wild center Eric Staal (12) searched for the puck as Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer defended Saturday in Denver.

Wild uses four days between games for maintenance, tinkering

Eric Staal is sitting out to heal, and Ryan Donato is skating with the fourth line.
An established playmaker, the passing ability of Mats Zuccarello, left, was regarded as an intriguing and much-needed skill set — especially for a s

Wild's Zuccarello frustrated by slow offensive start

New Wild forward Mats Zuccarello has yet to register a point after two games.
Matt Dumba celebrated with teammates after his power play shot was deflected in for a goal by teammate Zach Parise on Saturday night in Colorado.

Wild starts slowly, but Dumba is quick out of the gate

Wild defenseman Matt Dumba, who missed 50 games last season, has shown razor-sharp precision in his return to the lineup — an accuracy that's helping buoy the Wild's lukewarm offense amid an 0-2 debut.
Wild center Mikko Koivu pounds Avalanche defenseman Conor Timmins into the boards during the first period

'Two goals is not enough': Avalanche sinks slow-starting Wild to 0-2

Ryan Suter and Zach Parise scored but the Wild offense struggled again in the early going.
Devan Dubnyk catches camera's eye with flashy save

Devan Dubnyk catches camera's eye with flashy save

The Wild goalie caused a stir when he stopped former teammate Mikael Granlund in Thursday's opener.
After one unproductive game, veteran left wing Zach Parise, above, was moved to the Wild’s second unit as coach Bruce Boudreau looks for an early sp

Boudreau breaks up Wild's top line after only one game

After just one regular-season game together, one which the trio went a combined minus-9 and managed just one shot, the top line of wingers Zach Parise and Mats Zuccarello and center Eric Staal was dismantled.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba reaches for the puck in front of Nashville left wing Filip Forsberg during the third period

Fresh start yields stale result: Wild struggles to score in opening loss

The Wild on Thursday scored twice in 43 seconds to take the lead in the second period, but that was largely the extent of its offensive threat. Nashville scored four times in the third and won 5-2.
Ryan Hartman of the Wild.

Ryan Hartman back in Nashville, but this time with the Wild

Ryan Hartman switched teams three times least season. After beginning with the Predators, he was moved to the Flyers. In late June, the Flyers traded Hartman to the Stars but ultimately wound up with the Wild.