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Wild, Blue Jackets Continue Their Winning Ways

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

The music was of normal volume, the pats on the back like any other postgame.

There was no raucous celebration inside Madison Square Garden’s visiting locker room Friday night after the Wild steamrolled the New York Rangers 7-4, like this was any other victory.

Winning has become that business as usual for a confident team that would gladly move on to the next challenge now rather than letting the NHL’s three-day holiday hiatus interrupt all this fun.

“We don’t want to stop there,” Charlie Coyle said of breaking the franchise record with a 10th consecutive victory. “We don’t want to just beat it. We want to crush it.”


from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

One of the better stretches of Sergei Bobrovsky’s career concluded Friday night with two of the better stretches you will see from the agile puck stopper.

The Blue Jackets’ goaltender got his weary club into the Christmas break with a 2-1 victory over the Canadiens in Nationwide Arena to run its franchise-record winning streak to 12 games. He made 36 stops and none bigger than a pair of toe saves against Brendan Gallagher and Paul Byron on which he went farther out on limbs than  Cossack dancers in his native Russia,

“Those are huge plays,” captain Nick Foligno said.  “I think (Gallagher and Byron) are frustrated because they think they have him beat and all of a sudden his leg comes flying out of nowhere. That’s what he does to us in practice all the time.”

In racing to an improbable 23-5-4 start, the Blue Jackets haven’t needed him to be special on many nights. 


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The Minnesota Wild Keep Winning

from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,

It has been so long since we’ve seen the Wild chase a game, I forgot what it looked like.

But trailing for the first time since Dec. 9 (six games before) … twice, the Wild rallied both times to ultimately take a big 4-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

Playing a team that was 15-2-2 at home and 17-2-2 when scoring first, the Wild tied franchise records by extending its win streak to nine games and 9-0-1 point streak to 10.

Bruce Boudreau isn’t satisfied, which could explain why he has coached win streaks of nine or more games five times in his successful career.

“Tying is like kissing your sister,” Boudreau said. “Getting it is the nice thing. Our job’s not done. We’re going to try out butts off [Friday against the Rangers].”


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Minnesota Wild Continue Rolling

from Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press,

Eric Staal strolled past Devan Dubnyk in the dressing room Tuesday night after the Wild goaltender posted another shutout in another dominant defensive performance by the hottest team in the Western Conference.

“Dooby, you look like you know what you’re doing out there,” Staal teased.

“Didn’t have to do much,” Dubnyk shrugged.

Rim shot or mic drop, take your pick.

It has been that kind of December for the surging Wild, winners of eight straight following its 2-0 dissection of the Colorado Avalanche at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild have points in nine consecutive games since the calendar flipped as they feather a nest in second place behind first-place Chicago in the Central Division, with four games in hand on the businesslike Blackhawks and four games they have yet to play against their archnemesis.


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Video- Tom Rowe Postgame

via Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

The Wild got goals from its top three lines against Roberto Luongo, who fell to 3-12-3 at Xcel Energy Center and was pulled for the fourth time in seven visits (0-6-1) after allowing five goals on 17 shots.

Tom Rowe after the 5-1 loss, includes what Rowe considered a stupid question about Luongo...


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Video- Bruce Boudreau Goes Home

via Sportsnet,

Minnesota Wild Head Coach--and Toronto native--Bruce Boudreau leads Elliotte Friedman on a nostalgic tour of his West Toronto haunts.


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Video- Late Night Evening Line From Bruce Boudreau On Devan Dubnyk

"If he was in Toronto, there would be no Carey Price, I'm just saying media-wise...."

-Bruce Boudreau, head coach of the Minnesota Wild, after the Wild defeated the Leafs 3-2.



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Eric Staal Quite The UFA Pickup By The Minnesota Wild

from Dan Mizutani of the Pioneer Press,

Heading into Thursday night’s game against the Boston Bruins at Xcel Energy Center, Staal has been the Wild’s top center through the season’s first month and leads the Wild with 5 goals and 13 points in 15 games.

That’s one-third of his total production last season, when he split time between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers.

“I think being put in a position to play to my strengths has been key,” said Staal, who has 10 points over his last 10 games. “I came into the summer looking for an opportunity to show what I can do and play to the strengths of my game. And I came in here knowing there was an opportunity.

“No matter who I was (linemates) with, I was going to be playing with some pretty good players in a role that I’m comfortable and confident in.”

Staal came to Minnesota after Fletcher passed on top-tier forwards such as Okposo, Backes, Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson, Andrew Ladd and Mikkel Boedker — the consensus cream of the free-agent crop last summer after Steven Stamkos re-upped early with Tampa Bay.


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Everyone Is Contributing For The Minnesota Wild

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

One reason why Bruce Boudreau believes his teams have perennially cut losing streaks off instantaneously is because of “short-term goals.”

“Win the week” is his every-week mantra. So after a crummy 0-1-1 start to this East Coast trek for the Wild, “Win the week” is what he unremittingly told players.

Thursday night, Devan Dubnyk and the Wild ended the trip in perfect fashion.

After shutting out the Boston Bruins two nights earlier, Dubnyk and the Wild shut out the Buffalo Sabres 4-0 at KeyBank Center.

“Everyone stepped up. Everyone played well. It was a good team effort tonight,” said defenseman Ryan Suter, who scored a goal and had an assist and took the brunt of Marco Scandella’s minutes after he suffered a lower-body injury....

“Us D-men, everyone just stepped up,” Dumba said. “I’ve known I could play like this. Just getting these minutes, it’s awesome.”

The Wild ranks second in the NHL with 28 goals. Scandella, Nate Prosser and Christian Folin each had an assist, meaning all 20 Wild skaters have a point. A league-best 16 players have a goal.

“That’s how we have to win,” Suter said of the balanced scoring. “We don’t have the superstars. We need everybody on the team participating.”


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Are The Minnesota Wild A Better Team With Bruce Boudreau In Charge?

from Joe McDonald of ESPN,

It's still too early to see whether the changes will work in Minnesota. The Wild enters Tuesday's game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden with a 3-2-1 record.

"Hard to make what kind of team they are [this early]," said one Western Conference scout. "They've had slow starts and their first periods have been awful, but they seem to wake up and play pretty well. They're scoring goals but need to give up fewer than they are. [It's a ] funny team right now and I'm not sure what you'll see from game-to-game."

In the locker room and on the ice, the players are still getting used to Boudreau's system and personality.

"It's been a great transition. It's been a lot of fun around the rink, around the room," said Wild forward Zach Parise. "As a team, there's still a lot we need to get better at, but we're seeing it in spurts throughout games. The closer we can get to doing it more consistently, and more often throughout a game, it's going to translate into more wins for us. It takes work and we've got to continue to get better and keep learning. But, in the long run, it's going to make us a better team."

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A Bad ‘Move’ For Bruce Boudreau

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

"August 7, no furniture. No furniture on August 8, no furniture on August 9," Bruce Boudreau said. "We can't get hold of anybody from the moving company. On August 10, we finally do, and they say, 'We've had some truck trouble, we will be there August 13.' "

Crystal slept on the floor of their empty new home while, said Bruce, "I'm having the time of my life in Mississippi, telling Crystal with every call, 'I'm sorry, honey.' "

Crime scene

Aug. 13 came, and two trucks pulled up. What happened to the other truck? Boudreau said they were told, "It got into an accident, rolled over, hit a tree and everything's destroyed."

After some digging, the Boudreaus ascertained the accident occurred in Stokes County, N.C., on July 25; and they found out for the first time Aug. 13.

"Crystal's losing it because one-third of two houses is gone," Boudreau said. "We're basically getting half-broken furniture. We lost five big-screen TVs, a bubble hockey game, popcorn makers, tables. My wife used to run a business, they called her the Chocolate Lady. The chocolate fountain was destroyed. So much stuff, pictures, lots of pictures, all the frames destroyed.

"And, we swear, they stored the stuff outside because there's mold from rain on the boxes."


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