Michael Russo has covered the National Hockey League since 1995. He has covered the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005, after 10 years of covering the Florida Panthers for the Sun-Sentinel. He uses “Russo’s Rants” to feed a wide-ranging hockey-centric discussion with readers, and can be heard weekly on KFAN (100.3 FM) radio and seen weekly on Fox Sports North.

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Islanders score early, hold on

Posted by: Michael Russo under Wild news, Wild pregame skate Updated: October 10, 2011 - 11:38 AM

The New York Islanders scored two goals in the first period and held on for a 2-1 victory pver the Wild on Monday afternoon in Uniondale, N.Y.

Matt Cullen scored the Wild's goal 1:13 into the third period, but the Wild couldn't get untracked afte pulling the goalie with 1:40 to play.

More details soon at startribune.com.


As his right, Pierre-Marc Bouchard appealed his two-game suspension this morning -- a move that rarely happens in the NHL and a move that certainly rarely turns into an overturn.

Whatever you think of the suspension, Commissioner Gary Bettman was not going to publicly overrule Brendan Shanahan's -- his new discipline czar -- decision. So the 11 a.m. hearing proved fruitless.

So Bouchard sits two games.

Judging by warmups, here's the lines:






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