Minnesota Wild beat Kings 2-1, Brown elbows Pominville

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Dupuis and the Penguins clinched the Atlantic Division title.  James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports April 9: Teammates congratulate St.. Louis Blues left wing Alexander Steen after he scored the game’s lone goal against Nashville in the second period.. The Blues won 1-0.  Mark Humphrey, AP April 9: Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky makes a kick save against the Sharks.. Bobrovsky stopped 30 shots and earned his fourth shutout of the season in a 4-0 win over San Jose.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports April 9: Dallas Stars center Vernon Fiddler scored two goals and added an assist in a 5-1 victory over the Kings.  Ronald Martinez, Getty Images April 8: Anaheim Ducks right wing Radek Dvorak scored both goals in a 2-1 win against the Edmonton Oilers.. He has three goals in five games since signing out of Europe.  Gary A.. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports April 8: Toronto Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel scored twice, including the game-winner, and added an assist to beat the New York Rangers 4-3.  John E.. Sokolowski, USA TODAY Sports April 8: Vancouver center Ryan Kesler, who has been on the injured list most of the season, scored the winning goal in his return to action as the Canucks beat the Coyotes 2-0.  Rich Lam, Getty Images Related story Fullscreen April 7: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) scored an empty net goal against the Nashville Predators in a 5-3 win.. Kane and the rest of the Blackhawks are the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff spot this season.  Rob Grabowski, USA TODAY Sports April 7: Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin scored twice in a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.. Ovechkin has 5 goals in two days.  Geoff Burke, USA TODAY Sports April 7: Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves as the Wild ended their three-game skid with a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Russell LaBounty, USA TODAY Sports April 6: New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had 48 saves in a 4-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes.  James Guillory, USA TODAY Sports April 6: Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin, left, had a hat trick to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 and help his team stay atop the Southeast Division.  Robert Mayer, USA TODAY Sports April 6: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made 26 saves to beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 and gain some breathing room atop the Northeast Division.  Eric Bolte, USA TODAY Sports April 5: Dallas Stars right wing Alex Chiasson scored his first career NHL goal in a 3-1 upset win over the Anaheim Ducks.  Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports April 5: Jussi Jokinen of the Pittsburgh Penguins joined his new team via trade earlier this week.. Jokinen scored one goal in regulation, then tallied the only score in a shootout in the 2-1 win over the Rangers.  Justin K. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/23/coyle-clutterbuck-give-wild-2-1-win-over-kings/2108485/

Niklas Backstrom’s inner calf helps Minnesota to huge win vs. Kings (Video)

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Sports Remind me when I share | Not you?. Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience Niklas Backstrom’s inner calf helps Minnesota to huge win vs.. Kings (Video) Tweet 21 The clock was ticking down.. The Minnesota Wild were clinging to a one-goal lead on Tuesday night, desperately hoping to post two points in a four-team race for the final two Western Conference playoff spots.. With 15 seconds left and his cage empty, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov had the puck on his stick and a gaping net in front of him.. He fired as Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom slid over.. Somehow, the puck stayed out of the Minnesota net.. The NHL sees a lot of saves every night.. Not many are made by a sprawling goalie’s inner calf on their opposite leg, preventing a tying goal.. Michael Russo of the Star Tribune got reaction from Backstrom, who had 22 saves in the 2-1 win to snap a 5-game home losing streak for the Wild: Backstrom said crazy save on Voynov w 11 left was w right calf: “I don’t if that’s a specialty from a goalie book, maybe Tim Thomas book.” — Michael Russo (@Russostrib) April 24, 2013 The Wild now have 53 points with two games remaining – two more than Columbus (2 games) and three more than Detroit (3 games). source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/niklas-backstrom-inner-calf-helps-minnesota-huge-win-035701361–nhl.html

Minnesota Wild, NHL gaining ground in world of analytics

In fact, we probably work more now.. In the past, you’d read a book on the plane.. Now you can work on your laptop.” Peters credits the NHL’s tightly grouped standings now, in part, to the advances in video scouting through computer software.. “There are no secrets in the NHL anymore,” Peters said.. “When we go into Minnesota, we know every faceoff play they have and every breakout they have.. Coaches are more prepared, players are more prepared, and I think that’s why we have so much more parity now.” The video scouting is, for the most part, a level playing field in the NHL.. So many teams use the same software.. The separation comes in how effectively they use the software and, increasingly, what they do with it to create new statistics.. “When you compare it to the other five-on-five game, basketball has taken to it much faster and evolved much faster,” Snow said.. “The statistics and analysis they have is much more advanced than hockey.” That might be slowly changing.. “More teams are going deeper into the stats,” Peters said.. “We’ve created some of our own statistics. source: http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_23082482/minnesota-wild-nhl-gaining-ground-world-analytics

NHL preview: Kings face Red Wings in big game for both

The NHL is playing a compact 48-game, 99-day schedule and we

Timonen’s goal tied the contest forcing extra play.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports March 30: Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov celebrates after scoring in overtime against the Devils.. Kulikov’s first goal of the season gave Florida a 3-2 win.  J Pat Carter, AP March 30: Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun salutes the crowd after shutting out the New York Islanders, 2-0.. Vokoun made 35 saves and earned his second straight shutout.  Charles LeClaire, USA TODAY Sports March 30: Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri scored three goals against the Ottawa Senators.. Kadri’s hat trick led Toronto to a 4-0 win.  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports Related story Fullscreen March 30: Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall, right, celebrates his goal with teammate Corey Potter, left.. Hall had a hat trick by 7:53 of the first period, breaking Wayne Gretzky’s record for fastest hat trick from the start of a game.  Jason Franson, AP March 29: Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos had two goals and an assist to give new coach Jon Cooper a win against the New Jersey Devils in his debut.  Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports March 29; Dallas Stars right wing Jaromir Jagr had one assist and a secondary one at that.. But it made him the first European with 1,000 assists and helped end the Minnesota Wild’s seven-game winning streak.  Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports March 29: Columbus Blue Jackets winger Vinny Prospal had a goal, an assist and a plus 3 rating at his team rebounded from a tough loss to beat the Calgary Flames.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports March 28: New York right wing Colin McDonald, middle, scored twice for the Islanders, who would go on to defeat the Philadelphia Flyers in a shootout.. New York improved to 10-4-1 on the road with the win.  Eric Hartline, USA TODAY Sports March 28: Ottawa Senators goalie Ben Bishop tallied his second career NHL shutout after making 24 saves.. Ottawa defeated the New York Rangers 3-0  Marc DesRosiers, USA TODAY Sports March 28: Phoenix’s Rostislav Klesla aided the Coyotes’ 7-4 blowout against the Nashville Predators by tallying four assists.. The Coyotes used a huge first period to trounce the Preds, ending their seven-game losing streak.  Mark Humphrey, AP March 27: On the night Calgary traded star Jarome Iginla, there was some good news for Calgary fans.. Center Mike Cammalleri scored two goals as the Flames beat Colorado 4-3.  Sergei Belski, USA TODAY Sports March 27: Montreal Canadiens right wing Michael Ryder scored twice against the Bruins.. Montreal came back from a two-goal deficit to win 6-5 in a shootout.  Greg M.. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports March 27: San Jose center Tommy Wingels scored a goal and had two assists in the Sharks’ 4-0 win against the Ducks. source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nhl/2013/04/24/nhl-preview-wednesday/2109781/


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