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Minnesota Wild Make Moves After Losing Jared Spurgeon To A Partial Tear Of His Hamstring

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled forward Zack Mitchell and defenseman Ryan Murphy from the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the team announced today that defenseman Jared Spurgeon is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks due to a partial tear of his right hamstring suffered in last night's game vs. Colorado.

    Spurgeon, 28 (11/29/89), has collected 37 points (9-28=37) and eight PIM in 61 games this season for Minnesota. The 5-foot-9, 168-pound native of Edmonton, Alta., leads the team in blocked shots (127), ranks second in TOI/game at 24:32 (T-16th in the NHL) and T-4th in assists.

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Eric Staal’s Comeback Season

from Dane Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau has watched in amazement as his reborn star forward Eric Staal works his way into the Hart Trophy conversation with seemingly every game he plays.

“Start calling him Midas from now on,” Boudreau said. “(Everything he touches) turns to gold. I hope it doesn’t end.”

After popping in two goals during Tuesday’s 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, Staal finds himself tied fourth in the NHL with 36 goals this season. He trails only Alex Ovechkin (40) of the Washington Capitals, Patrick Laine (38) of the Winnipeg Jets and Evgeni Malkin (37) of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Asked whether he’ll be keeping an eye on the scoring race during the final 15 games of the regular season, the ever-so-humble Staal unsurprisingly downplayed the entire situation.

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Losing Streak Hits Seven For The St. Louis Blues

from Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Their longest losing streak in eight years now stands at seven games (0-6-1) after a defensive meltdown of near-epic proportion against the Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena.

"You know what? It's a matter of pride as far as I'm concerned," Yeo said. "You give up eight goals, c'mon. We've given up 16 in the last three games. We've always been one of the top defensive teams. The turnovers that we have and the lack of respect that we have for our goaltenders and for the game of hockey _ that's ridiculous."

A fuming Yeo mentioned Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Jaden Schwartz, Brayden Schenn, Alexander Steen, Vladimir Tarasenko, Kyle Brodziak, Scottie Upshall and Dmitrij Jaskin as players who he had no problem with on Tuesday.

Everybody else, he said he was not happy with.

"I like what those guys brought," he said, referring to the names he mentioned. "But we have too many guys that didn't match that. . . .The level of play of some players needs to come up, it's that's simple. Too many guys right now that aren't giving us a chance to win hockey games."

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The Chicago Blackhawks Drop Fall Farther Behind In The Playoff Race

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times,

At the end of Saturday’s morning skate, coach Joel Quenneville gathered his players at center ice for the usual quick pep talk. He was upbeat and encouraging, not screaming, but his voice echoed through the empty Xcel Energy Center.

“Let’s [bleeping] get excited!” he said. “Let’s [bleeping] feel good about ourselves after one [bleeping] game.”

This is what it’s come to for the Blackhawks. Never mind the Stanley Cup. Never mind the playoffs. The “One Goal” at this point is one spirited effort, one measly victory, one night when they can go to sleep without feeling miserable about everything.

But the Hawks couldn’t even do that Saturday night in a dreadful 3-0 loss to the Wild, a fifth consecutive defeat that left them 10 points out of the playoff picture with 27 games to go. Everyone from the players to Quenneville to general manager Stan Bowman keeps insisting there’s a lot of hockey left to be played and that the Hawks aren’t out of it, but everything from the standings to the performance to the downtrodden mood of the team says otherwise.

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Videos- Barbs And Kneeing

Nashville defeated Montreal in the shootout, then...

 

 

Below, Dustin Brown gets five for kneeing and a game.

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Video- An Easy Goal For Eric Staal

His 2nd goal of the game which gives him 22 for the season.

 

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Afternoon Line- Bruce Boudreau

via Michael Russo tweet,

Boudreau’s not paying for a Super Bowl ticket: “I wouldn’t drop 8 grand to see the Pope.”

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Seth Jones Had The Flu And Missed The ASG, But Playing Tonight

Should Seth Jones be allowed to play tonight?

 

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Frustrated In Tampa

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times,

It didn't take the sound of a door slamming in the dressing room Saturday night to sense this Lightning team is frustrated.

Tampa Bay felt like it worked hard – at least, harder than Thursday's listless loss to Vegas – yet dropped another game. That makes five losses in the last seven. More telling, the team has lost its swag.

"We're out of sync," coach Jon Cooper put it. "The guys didn't forget how to play hockey in the last week and a half."

But they forgot how to play the right way.

Gone is that "mojo" Nikita Kucherov often talked about the Lightning having in the first half of the season, when it appeared to be running away with the Eastern Conference. Now Tampa Bay's division lead has shrunk to three points thanks to a surging Boston team that just might be the class of the conference right now.

It's not time to hit the panic button, but it's getting closer.

Here are some takeaways from Saturday's 5-2 loss in Minnesota:

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Big Win For The Minnesota Wild Over The Chicago Blackhawks

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau had no clue what words were spilling out of his mouth.

“I just know I’m not happy,” he said.

But the message he relayed to his players during the first intermission Wednesday certainly resonated.

After what Boudreau dubbed an “embarrassing” start by the Wild in which it was overwhelmed by the Blackhawks in the first period en route to a one-goal deficit, the team cleaned up its play the rest of the way to rally for a critical 2-1 win over its division rival at United Center.

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