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From the Rink: Wild in search of oft-elusive breathing room

A win Sunday against San Jose would put Minnesota three points up for third place in the Central Division

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

ST. PAUL -- It took the Wild five months to climb into third place in the Central Division standings. Now that it's there, it's going to try and stay for awhile.

Minnesota, which moved one point ahead of the Dallas Stars for third with a win against the New York Rangers, was helped by the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday, who won 5-3 in Dallas.

If the Wild defeats the San Jose Sharks on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center, it will actually have some breathing room in the standings. 

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Kaprizov's heroics give Russians Olympic gold

Wild prospect nets overtime winner in championship game against Germany

by Minnesota Wild @mnwild / Wild.com

Wild prospect Kirill Kaprizov blasted his way into international hockey lore Sunday in Gangneung, South Korea.

The 20-year-old forward's power-play one-timer gave the Olympic Athletes from Russia a 4-3 overtime victory over Germany in a gold-medal thriller. The teams scored four goals in the final 7 minutes of regulation before Kaprizov rifled home a slap shot 9:40 into the extra session.

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota vs. San Jose

Wild begins quick two-game homestand Sunday against Pacific Division's Sharks

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: San Jose Sharks (33-21-8, 74 points, second in Pacific) at Minnesota Wild (34-20-7, 75 points, third 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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Central Intelligence: Wild's East Coast success a rarity

Minnesota and St. Louis have accounted for half of Central Division's wins in New York area this season

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

The "California swing" is one of the most daunting road trips NHL teams face in a season. But don't overlook the "New York swing," which is also no picnic for visiting clubs. 

The Wild just completed its three games against New York-area franchises this week, finishing with a 3-0 record against the Islanders, Devils and Rangers. 

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Granlund gets back on track as Wild sweeps East Coast trip

Last season's leading scorer one of two to post four-point nights as Minnesota wins in New York

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

NEW YORK -- Bruce Boudreau isn't bashful when talking about just how important Mikael Granlund is to the Wild's fortunes.

Granlund, referred to by the coach as the team's best player on more than one occasion, had been mired in a goal-scoring slump that had lasted nearly a calendar month.

But the Finnish winger broke out in a big way on Friday, scoring a pair of first period goals -- and dishing out a pair of assists -- in helping the Wild to a 4-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 4, Rangers 1

Three takeaways from the Wild's victory at Madison Square Garden on Friday night

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-1 win against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Friday night:

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From the Rink: Staal reaches 900-point milestone

Empty-net goal Thursday in New Jersey made Wild forward the 110th player in League history to reach 900 plateau

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

NEW YORK -- When Eric Staal salted the Wild's 4-2 victory away with an empty-net goal Thursday night against the New Jersey Devils, it had a little extra meaning.

The goal was his 900th point as an NHL player, a number that, while not hugely celebrated, puts him in a very rare class of player in the history of the League.

In doing so, Staal became just the 110th player in the 100-plus year history of the NHL to reach 900 points. 

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Wild Warmup: Minnesota at New York Rangers

Wild concludes East Coast swing Friday at Madison Square Garden

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com
The essentials

Who: Minnesota Wild (33-20-7, 74 points, fourth in Central) at New York Rangers (27-29-5, 59 points, eighth in Metropolitan)

Puck drop: 6:08 p.m. CT

Watch: FOX Sports North PLUS, FOX Sports GO

Listen: KFAN FM 100.3, Wild Radio NetworkWild NHL App

Follow: @mnwild; GameCenter

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Wild shows its depth in win at New Jersey

Reilly, Stewart, Stalock play major roles in Minnesota's victory Thursday in Newark

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

NEWARK, N.J. -- Being a healthy scratch can be a helpless feeling. 

All you can control are your attitude and your effort. When that next opportunity to get back into lineup is often unknown. And four days from the trading deadline, you never know if that next chance will come in the same uniform. 

When that next opportunity came for both Chris Stewart and Mike Reilly on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils, each took advantage.

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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 4, Devils 2

Three takeaways from Minnesota's win over New Jersey on Thursday in Newark

by Dan Myers @DanMyers / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-2 win against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on Monday afternoon:

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