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Sarah McLellan

Minnesota Wild and NHL | Reporter

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
“I’m at a time in my career where I feel really good,” the Wild’s Marcus Foligno said. Foligno has seven goals and five assists for 12 points

Wild's Foligno much more than a role player now

Marcus Foligno is driving the Wild's offense so far on this four-game road trip, which resumes Friday with the first of two in a row at Arizona.
Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) punches Minnesota Wild left wing Kevin Fiala (22) during the third period.

Can Wild keep up as schedule gets more challenging?

Before losing twice to first-place Vegas, the Wild had mostly played against the clubs projected to finish lower than it in the standings.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury blocks a shot by Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon during the first period

Wild loses 5-1, shows it has work to do after getting swept in Vegas

"We can't get sidetracked with these tough losses," winger Marcus Foligno said. "We gotta understand that we're a great hockey team."
Zach Parise skated in on Kings goalie Calvin Petersen during Saturday night’s game at Xcel Energy Center.

Parise on being scratched: 'I don't agree with the decision'

The Wild made Zach Parise a healthy scratch for the first time because of his play, most notably a botched shift in the 5-4 overtime loss on Monday.
Wild left winger Kirill Kaprizov is the runaway front-runner for the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie, receiving praise for his swashbuckli

Kaprizov's hot start means Wild gets a thrill from 'Dollar Bill Kirill"

One practice. That's all it took for Nick Bjugstad to realize his new Wild teammate Kirill Kaprizov wasn't another run-of-the-mill hockey player.
Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) scores on Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the second period of an NHL hocke

Top line shut down but balanced scoring continues fueling Wild

For the first time in six games, the Wild's most dangerous line of late came up empty-handed in the 5-4 overtime loss to the Golden Knights.
Vegas left winger Max Pacioretty scored on Wild goaltender Cam Talbot two minutes into overtime, lifting the Golden Knights over the Wild 5-4 on Monda

Wild gives up two-goal lead, falls to Vegas in OT to end winning streak

Despite outmuscling Vegas during a four-goal second period, the Wild faded down the stretch as its six-game winning streak came to a halt in overtime.
Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL h

Wild, Golden Knights face off with first place up for grabs

Vegas will face goalie Cam Talbot, who made 27 saves Friday during a win over Los Angeles that was Talbot's return from the NHL's COVID protocols.
Alex Stalock

Wild goalie Stalock claimed off waivers by Edmonton

The 33-year-old NHL veteran went on the waiver wire Sunday after being the team's No. 1 goalie at the end of last season.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) was mobbed by his teammates on the ice after scoring the game winning goal past Los Angeles Kings goaltender

Wild's Dumba, Zuccarello team up in dramatic OT win over Kings

After a string of anticlimactic victories, the Wild rediscovered its flair for the dramatic in a 4-3 overtime win over the Kings Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.
Wild left wing Kirill Kaprizov

Kings have seen a lot of Wild rookie Kaprizov, and are impressed

Kirill Kaprizov's wraparound goal vs. L.A. stood out Friday, as did his toughness.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba scored the game-winning goal past Los Angeles goaltender Calvin Petersen on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center.

Inspired Dumba scores with .3 seconds left in OT; Wild wins sixth in row

Matt Dumba's game-winner was his sixth overtime goal, the most in franchise history, and also the record for the latest OT goal. It gave the Wild a weekend sweep over the Kings.
Minnesota Wild goalie Cam Talbot (33) is congratulated by center Nick Bonino (13) after defeating the Los Angeles Kings in an NHL hockey game, Friday,

What letdown? Wild comes out firing in first game back at the X

Coach Dean Evason interrupted the Wild's morning skate Friday to remind his team about the pitfalls of the first home game after a long road trip.
Wild defenseman Matt Dumba

Wild's Dumba to launch camp aimed at diversity during Hockey Day Minnesota

Youth players from the Herb Brooks Foundation, the Hendrickson Foundation and New Directions Youth Ministry will take part in the event.
Nick Bjugstad scored Friday night against LA.

Easy as 1-2-3: Trio of first-period goals enough for Wild's fifth win in a row

Kirill Kaprizov, Nick Bjugstad and Joel Eriksson Ek scored on consecutive shots on goal while goalie Cam Talbot was almost unbeatable in his first start since Feb. 2. It added up to a 3-1 victory over the Kings.
Minnesota Wild goalie Cam Talbot (33) warms up before playing against the San Jose Sharks in an NHL hockey game, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, in St. Paul, M

Talbot back in net as Wild and Kings match winning streaks at the X

The Wild has won four in a row since losing to the Kings in their first game back from its COVID shutdown. Los Angeles brings a six-game winning streak to St. Paul.
Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway drives to the net against the Colorado Avalanche in the second period

Wild pours it on Colorado 6-2, wins fourth in row on the road

The Wild wrapped up its longest road trip of the season with a continued show of skill. Minnesota picked up eight of a possible 10 points on the trip.
Minnesota Wild center Nico Sturm, front, is congratulated as he passes the team box after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche during the thi

Parise, Fiala, others hit milestones as Wild ends road swing with flourish

After limping through a loss in the road-trip opener, the Wild finished with a night of excellent team play and individual accomplishments.
Minnesota Wild right wing Ryan Hartman, front, is congratulated as he passes the team box after scoring a goal against the Colorado Avalanche in the t

Wild's Hartman standing out as a playmaking center

Switched from playing wing, Ryan Hartman scored on Wednesday vs. Colorado and has four assists since moving to center.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen deflects a shot during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, Feb. 16,

Kahkonen starts again as Wild ends road trip tonight against Avalanche

Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen has a .930 save percentage and 1.82 goals-against average in five road starts, and is keeping veteran Cam Talbot on the bench.
Versatile star Nathan MacKinnon of Colorado and Wild rookie Kirill Kaprizov are the feature attractions of the top lines in tonight’s Wild-Avs game.

Wild's hottest line goes up against one of NHL's best in Colorado tonight

The Kaprizov-Rask-Zuccarello line has the Wild offense soaring and faces off vs. the Avalanche trio led by Nathan MacKinnon.
Wild forward Marcus Foligno (17) is congratulated by teammate Jared Spurgeon after scoring his second-period goal at San Jose on Monday night.

Goal, assist, one-sided fight: Foligno tallies 'Gordie Howe hat trick'

Marcus Foligno wasn't just a participant in a first-period fight with Sharks rookie Nikolai Knyzhov. Foligno stopped the fight after landing a bloody blow.
Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen was congratulated by teammates after their 6-2 victory at San Jose on Monday night.

Wild stays hot on West Coast with 6-2 victory at San Jose

The Wild won for the third time in a row and tallied a season high in goals. Mats Zuccarello tied a career high with four points and Marcus Foligno scored with his stick and his fist.
Wild players celebrated a goal from Victor Rask, second from right, on Saturday in Anaheim, Calif.

Wild center Victor Rask takes an early step up in production

With five goals, he has already matched last year's output.
Carson Soucy (21) watched teammate and goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen get an ice shower during a game against the Kings.

Soucy returns to Wild lineup; Talbot will be back-up goalie tonight

Carson Soucy will be reunited with Ian Cole on the blue line, with captain Jared Spurgeon rejoining Ryan Suter on the top unit.
Kevin Fiala (22) celebrated the second of his two goals on Saturday night at Anaheim. Fiala added on his first assist of the season in the third perio

Wild's Kevin Fiala rediscovers his finishing touch and more

In the third period at Anaheim on Saturday, he passed on an opportunity at a hat trick and earned an assist instead.
Wild forward Nick Bonino controls the puck between Nick Bjugstad and Ducks defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

Tighter schedule puts practice, rest at odds for Wild

Two rescheduled games are now in place of a five-day break that was to begin Sunday.
Minnesota Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen (34) defends as Anaheim Ducks forward Max Jones (49) shoots during the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturda

Another steady effort from Kahkonen in win over Ducks

With veteran Cam Talbot still sidelined, rRookie Kaap Kahkonen continued a strong season under mostly unexpected circumstances
Wild goalie Cam Talbot has played in only two games since Jan. 22 and six overall this season.

Wild goalie Talbot enduring a stop-and-no-go season

Injury and COVID-19 have kept Cam Talbot from gaining any traction with the Wild.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif.

Wild's Jonas Brodin back in action vs. Ducks

Defenseman Jonas Brodin will return to the lineup Saturday against the Ducks as the Wild moves closer to getting everyone affected by a COVID-19 outbreak back in action.
The Wild’s Ryan Hartman, right, scored both of his goals this season against the Ducks. He and the Wild will be looking to build off their recent su

Wild finally near full strength after COVID outbreak; lineup still in flux

After welcoming back Cam Talbot, Jonas Brodin, Carson Soucy Brad Hunt and Victor Rask from the NHL's COVID protocols, the team is going to wait until Saturday morning to determine its lineup.
Wild left wing Marcus Foligno (17) celebrates his goal with left wing Zach Parise

Tic-tac-goal: Foligno nets clinching goal on rare power-play appearance

Marcus Foligno was on the ice at the end of a Wild power play, the NHL's worst, and finished off a slick passing play just as it expired late in the third period
Wild center Nick Bonino returned to the lineup Thursday, his first action since leaving the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.

Wild players happy to trade COVID isolation for getting back on the ice

From holing up in hotel rooms to hiding in the basement, Wild players in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol coped with symptoms and/or boredom as best they could.
Wild left wing Marcus Foligno scores against Anaheim goaltender John Gibson during the third period Thursday night.

Plenty left to work on, but Wild pleased with 3-1 victory over Anaheim

First-period goals by Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala held up, but the club breathed easier after Marcus Foligno converted late in the third.
Jared Spurgeon battled Sonny Milano of the Ducks for the puck last month in Anaheim.

Spurgeon, Cole among lineup additions as Wild juggles lines to face Ducks

With his team getting closer to full strength, coach Dean Evason is changing things up after Tuesday's 4-0 loss to Los Angeles.
Wild center Nick Bjugstad lifted the puck over Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick for a goal on Jan. 28.

'Shoot it, shoot it': Wild focuses on scoring more

When the Wild has racked up three or more goals this season, it is 6-1 in those games. And when it's been limited to two goals or fewer, the Wild is winless.
Wild defenseman Calen Addison joined the Wild for practice last Friday before making his NHL debut on Tuesday.

Coach calls 20-year-old Addison's debut 'real good, real poised, real calm'

Calen Addison logged the third-most minutes on the Wild blue line despite being the least experienced, skating almost 20 minutes against the Kings.
Wild center Nico Sturm, during a game earlier this month.

Three more Wild players set to return Thursday

Ian Cole, Nick Bonino and Nico Sturm were on the team's COVID list.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Tobias Bjornfot, left, and Minnesota Wild left wing Jordan Greenway vie for the puck during the first period

Sluggish Wild no match for Kings in return after two-week layoff

Despite outmaneuvering the Kings in three of four previous games this season, the Wild couldn't get anything going in a rusty return to play.
Los Angeles Kings center Blake Lizotte (46) stabbed at a rebound in the second period off Minnesota Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen (34).

Wild finally returns to ice tonight after two weeks off; eight games rescheduled

With five players still in COVID protocols, and another three released but not ready to play, the Wild will rely on its taxi squad and minor-league call-ups in its return vs. the Kings.
Wild left winger Jordan Greenway, taking a shot during practice Friday, has made impressive strides this season after making his NHL debut in 2018.

Wild needs Greenway's growth into an NHL force to continue

Leading up to the stoppage, Jordan Greenway was on the best run since his debut with the Wild in 2018.
Zach Parise crashed the net, but it was only practice, and Wild goalie Kaapo Kahkonen was also working to find his footing Friday after a layoff.

Wild now faces challenge of making up lost time, and lost ground

The Wild's mission coming out of a weeklong layoff because of COVID-19 protocols is to tighten the gap in a competitive division
Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen warmed up by launching pucks from the blue line as he waited on the ice for the team’s resumption of practice Friday.

Several regulars still sidelined but Wild has 'turned the corner'

Only 16 players skated Friday during the Wild's first practice since the NHL suspended the team's season and shuttered its facilities after a COVID-19 outbreak.
Matt Dumba went through Wild practice on Friday at Xcel Energy Center.

Matt Dumba back for Wild, and Mats Zuccarello is close

Jared Spurgeon and Marcus Johansson still have injuries that will keep them out longer.
Wild coach Dean Evason instructed players during a January practice.

With 12 players sidelined, Wild will go back to work Friday

The team will hit the ice at Xcel Energy Center to get ready for a return to action Tuesday after having six games postponed.
Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin, left, skated past Colorado’s Bowen Byram during  a game in Denver on Feb. 2.  Because of COVID-19 outbreaks, neither t

Two more players added to Wild's COVID list; one player comes off

Defenseman Jonas Brodin and goalie Cam Talbot were the latest to be placed in the virus protocols as the team's shutdown continued.
Mikko Koivu celebrates on Jan. 28 after scoring what would be the final goal of his career.

With games becoming a grind, Koivu decides its time to retire

Mikko Koivu joined Columbus after 15 seasons in Minnesota. He could become the first Wild player to have his number retired.
Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin.

Wild has two more games postponed, two more players sidelined by COVID

With 11 players unavailable, the Wild is one of the teams most impacted by the virus since the NHL season began almost a month ago. Six other clubs have been stalled.
Brad Hunt

Wild now has nine players out due to NHL virus protocols

Defenseman Brad Hunt is the newest addition to the list, which has resulted in the Wild being idled and having four games called off.
Wild center Nico Sturm (7) chased the puck  during Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss to the Avalance in Denver.

What's next for suddenly idle Wild? Sitting, waiting, watching

The Wild has seven players on the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list and won't play until at least late next week. Colorado, the Wild's most recent opponent, is also shut down.
Kevin Fiala of the Wild said he realized instantly that his check from behind Thursday on King defenseman Matt Roy was “a bad hit.”

'It was an accident.' Suspension ends for remorseful Fiala

Matt Roy of the Kings hasn't played since the boarding penalty last week that resulted in Wild star Kevin Fiala being suspended for three games.
Wild coach Dean Evason directed his team during Tuesday’s game against the Avalanche in Denver.

Wild's next four games called off as COVID concerns sweep through roster

Five Wild players joined Marcus Foligno in being sidelined by NHL virus protocols. Instead of playing tonight at Colorado, the team will return home, with affected players traveling separately.
Minnesota Wild right wing Gerald Mayhew, front center, fights for control of the puck with, from left, Colorado Avalanche defensemen Cale Makar and Bo

Spurgeon injured as Wild falls short in 2-1 loss to Colorado

The Wild fell behind early and its lineup, already suffering from the loss of several key players, took another hit when Jared Spurgeon was hurt.
There was no social distancing when Wild players Victor Rask, left, and Kirill Kaprizov celebrated a goal Sunday night.

COVID-19 always lurking in the minds of Wild players

With a teammate sidelined, the pandemic is still a threat to the continuity of the NHL season.
Spurgeon latest to get injured in Wild's narrow loss to Avalanche

Spurgeon latest to get injured in Wild's narrow loss to Avalanche

Wild captain Jared Spurgeon suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday, missing the entire third period.
Colorado star out for next two games against depleted Wild

Colorado star out for next two games against depleted Wild

Nathan MacKinnon will be out for the remainder of the team's four-game series against the Wild, which resumes tonight in Denver.
Jonas Brodin got a hug from Kirill Kaprizov as they and their Wild teammates celebrated Brodin’s overtime goal and a 4-3 victory over the Avalanche

New jerseys, players and result: Wild tops Avalanche on quick OT goal

Jonas Brodin scored the game-winner as the Wild wore its North Stars-themed jerseys for the first time and rallied past Colorado with a hastily revamped roster.
Wild battles through adversity to overcome Avalanche in overtime

Wild battles through adversity to overcome Avalanche in overtime

While just getting through the night unscathed might have been a moral victory, the Wild earned more –- two much-needed points in the standings, a template for how to slow down the Avalanche and some swagger for its trip to Denver.
Colorado goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped a shot by Wild winger Marcus Foligno (17) on Saturday.

Wild puts Dumba on IR; Foligno sits out because of COVID protocols

Kyle Rau, Gerald Mayhew and Luke Johnson were activated from the taxi squad in time for Sunday night's victory over the Avalanche.
Colorado defensemen Conor Timmins controls the puck in front of Wild forward Zach Parise in the second period

Colorado shreds Wild 5-1 in first of four games between rivals

The Avalanche got a jump on the Wild early and did not look back, limiting Minnesota to a season-low 20 shots. "They're the class of the league," Zach Parise said.
Minnesota Wild goaltender Cam Talbot

Talbot declares himself 'ready to go' after injury; could start Sunday vs. Avs

Cam Talbot was hurt Jan. 22 in the Wild's home opener vs. San Jose, leaving the game ahead of the second period with a lower-body injury that Talbot called a fluke.
Dumba injured late in lopsided loss to Avalanche

Dumba injured late in lopsided loss to Avalanche

Matt Dumba got his left skate tied up with teammate Jordan Greenway's right skate, and Dumba's right leg bent underneath him as he fell.
Wild using seven defensemen vs. Avalanche in Kevin Fiala's absence

Wild using seven defensemen vs. Avalanche in Kevin Fiala's absence

The Wild will take a by-committee approach tonight to filling winger Fiala's spot while he starts to serve a three-game suspension for boarding.
Wild center Nico Sturm

Sturm ' just starting to scratch the surface' in Wild lineup

After spending most of last season in the minors, ex-Clarkson star Nico Sturm has been in a key role for the Wild this season.
Kevin Fiala of the Wild drove Kings defenseman Matt Roy into the boards Thursday night at Xcel Energy Center. Fiala got a boarding major and was eject

Wild's Fiala suspended three games, will miss tough test vs. Avs

Kevin Fiala was penalized for boarding Kings defenseman Matt Roy during Thursday night's game, and the Wild forward will miss three games vs. Colorado.
Wild center Nick Bjugstad  lifted the puck over Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick for a second-period goal.

Wild's grit leads to goals in home victory over Kings

After dropping back-to-back games at home, the Wild rebounded Thursday night with a fast start leading to a 5-3 win over Los Angeles at Xcel Energy Center.
Johansson key to Wild's offense in win over Kings

Johansson key to Wild's offense in win over Kings

Marcus Johansson contributed to a three-goal outburst in the first period, and rediscovered his chemistry with Kirill Kaprizov in Thursday's slump-busting, 5-3 win.
Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek scored the Wild’s lone goal against the Kings on Tuesday. On Thursday he was moved up the lineup to work with Marcus Jo

Wild breaks up best line ahead of rematch vs. Kings

After two straight losses, Wild coach Dean Evason decided it was time for a change to try and spur his offense.
Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek tucked a goal behind Kings goaltender Calvin Petersen in the third period of L.A.’s 2-1 victory at Xcel Energy Center o

Wild rally thwarted by Kings this time in 2-1 loss

Joel Eriksson Ek tied the score early in the third period, but Carl Grundstrom put the Kings back in front only four minutes later.
Wild rookie Kirill Kaprizov jumped to clear the way for a shot against Kings goalie Calvin Petersen in the third period Tuesday night. The Kings won 2

Wild's power play malfunctions again in loss to Kings

Overall, the power play is 2-for-30 this season and ranks 29th in the NHL at 6.7 percent after going 0-for-3 against Los Angeles.
Wild coach Dean Evason often has opted to not practice on days in between games to keep the players fresh during this season’s shortened schedule.

Wild lies low on days between back-to-back games

Optional morning skates precede games as team works out how best to prepare.
Nico Sturm will return tonight as the Wild prepare to face the Kings at Xcel Energy Center.

Sturm returns, Talbot still out as Wild meets Kings

Wild coach Dean Evason says starting goalie Cam Talbot will miss his second consecutive game and is day-to-day.
Joel Eriksson Ek of the Wild was stopped by Sharks goalie Martin Jones on Sunday night.

Wild is still up-and-down in competitive West Division

Despite a winning record, "We play in spurts right now," center Nick Bonino says.
Wild winger Zach Parise and the Sharks’ John Leonard fought for the puck in the second period. Parise scored the game’s first goal, but the Sharks

Wild falls 5-3 to Sharks as Brent Burns scores decisive goal

Burns scored with less than two minutes to play as Wild split their two-game series with San Jose.
Wild left winger Kirill Kaprizov made a nifty move between his legs toward the net in the third period as Sharks left winger Marcus Sorensen tried to

Wild rookie Kaprizov practices as hard as he plays

Said left winger Marcus Foligno: "He loves the game. You can just tell."