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Wild players brave the elements -- and the commute -- in win over Ottawa

Handful of players showed up within a few minutes of warmups as snowstorm crippled Twin Cities Monday afternoon

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- Daniel Winnik left his car behind and walked the last block to Xcel Energy Center.

Jason Zucker spent more than two hours getting in from Edina. 

Matt Dumba was in a car accident with teammate Tyler Ennis.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Senators 1

Zucker, Granlund score third-period goals as Minnesota finishes season sweep of Sens

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Monday night:

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From the Rink: Wild will try to maintain emotional edge against Senators

Minnesota coming off one of its most impressive wins of the season Saturday against Tampa Bay

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- It's not difficult to get up for a game when the opponent is arguably the top team in the NHL.

The challenge for the Wild now, as it navigates the doldrums of the regular season, will be playing with that same emotion against teams that aren't at that level and aren't ones Minnesota is battling for playoff positioning with.

"That's the biggest key for us," said Wild forward Jason Zucker. "We need to make sure we play our game, because if we play our game, I think we can win a lot of hockey games down the stretch. Especially with the All-Star Game coming, we need to make sure we get these two wins and have a good break and carry momentum after that as well."

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. Ottawa

Wild celebrates Military Appreciation Night in final home game before All-Star break

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /
The essentials

Who: Ottawa Senators (15-20-9, 39 points, seventh in Atlantic) at Minnesota Wild (25-17-5, 55 points, sixth in Central)

Puck drop: 7:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Wild players firmly in Vikings' corner Sunday

With practice out of the way, many will settle in front of TV sets for NFC Championship

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- The Wild practiced at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday morning, and like many in the State of Hockey, players were eager to rush home and settle on the sofa for an afternoon of football.

It's championship Sunday in the NFL, with the AFC and NFC Championship games slated for later in the day. And with the Minnesota Vikings in action in the late game, Wild players were excited to have the night to themselves.

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Johannson's passing leaves massive void for USA Hockey

A pioneering figure within the American hockey scene, Rochester native's sudden death hits many hard

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

ST. PAUL -- News of the sudden death of USA Hockey's Jim Johannson hit several members of the Wild hard Sunday afternoon. 

Johannson, the general manager of USA Hockey and a former U.S. Olympian himself, has been instrumental in selecting several Olympic teams and in the growth of the organization for nearly two decades.

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Minnesota Wild statement on the passing of Jim Johannson

Rochester native served as assistant executive director of USA Hockey

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild /

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher issued the following statement Sunday:

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Johannson today. His passion for hockey was extraordinary and he worked tirelessly to grow the game in the United States. Jim was a remarkable hockey ambassador who will be greatly missed here in the State of Hockey and throughout the hockey world. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and countless others in the hockey community with whom he made a special connection."

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Hockey Day Minnesotans: Wild celebrates in style

Led by Prosser, all four active skaters from State of Hockey tally points in Saturday's victory over Tampa Bay

by Phil Ervin /

ST. PAUL -- A remote, a Rau, a return and a "Skol" chant.

This was a day made for Minnesotans. And those on the Wild roster apparently weren't immune to the festivities.

On the 12th annual Hockey Day Minnesota, all four active skaters from the State of Hockey found the scoresheet in the Wild's 5-2 victory Saturday over league-leading Tampa Bay. Defenseman Nate Prosser of Elk River did that and more, rifling home the eventual game winner at 7:11 of the second period after energizing his club and crowd by dropping the mitts with Ryan Callahan just minutes into the contest.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 5, Lightning 2

Wild comes off break with big victory over top team in NHL standings

by Phil Ervin /'s Phil Ervin gives three takeaways from the Wild's 5-2 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at Xcel Energy Center:

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St. Cloud ups ante for future Hockey Days

Elite setting combines with perfect weather for arguably the most memorable Hockey Day Minnesota yet

by Dan Myers @DanMyers /

Video: Hockey Day 2018: Sights & sounds

ST. CLOUD -- Derrick Brown has the unique perspective of becoming the first high school coach to guide two different teams on Hockey Day Minnesota.

Three years ago in St. Paul, Brown coached Luverne High School when it lost 6-5 to St. Paul Johnson at Holman Field. 

On Saturday, Brown was on the other side, as his St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders scored an 8-3 win over crosstown rival St. Cloud in the Hockey Day opener at Lake George.

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