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RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Minnesota Wild Vs. Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche moved to within three points of the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League’s Central Division of the Western Conference with a 5-1 win over the Wild on Tuesday night in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Minnesota’s Mikku Koivu and Colorado’s Nikita Zadorov traded second-period goals before J.T. Compeer scored two goals and Nathan McKinnon and Tyson …


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RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Minnesota Wild Vs. Nashville Predators

Mikael Granlund had a hat trick and goaltender Devan Dubnyk stopped 41 shots in his return to the lineup as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Friday night in the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Also scoring for the Wild (20-15-3) was Matt Dumba. P.K. Subban and Kyle Turris scored for the Predators (22-10-5). (Check out …


RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Minnesota Wild Vs. Dallas Stars

Jared Spurgeon, Eric Staal, Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker scored goals as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Dallas Stars 4-2 on Wednesday night in the Xcel Center in St. Paul. Tyler Seguin and Mattias Janmark scored for the Stars. The Wild (19-15-3) were backstopped by goalie Alex Stalock, who finished with 24 saves for Minnesota. Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Minnesota Wild Vs. Philadelphia Flyers

Devan Dubnyk stopped all 30 shots he faced and recorded an assist on an empty-net goal to lead the Wild to a a 3-0 win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Nino Niederreiter, Eric Stahl and Jason Zucker scored for the Wild (8-7-2). Brian Elliott made 17 saves for the Flyers (8-8-2). (Check out more …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Minnesota Wild vs. Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals visited the Twin Cities on Tuesday night to play the Minnesota Wild in the Xcel Center. The game, which featured former University of North Dakota stars Zach Parise (Wild) and T.J. Oshie (Capitals), was won in overtime by Washington by a 5-4 score. Oshie scored the game-winner, his second of the game, at the 1:52 mark to …

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets

The Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 on Wednesday night in Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Scoring for the Wild were Mikko Koivu, Jonas Brodin and Zach Parise (empty net). Blake Wheeler scored the lone Winnipeg goal. Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk had 15 saves, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 23 shots for the Jets. Photographer Russ Hons was on hand for …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — Trying To Make Sense Of The Wild

As a college professor, every so often I would encounter a student who left me perplexed when it came time to determine their final grade. A strong score on the last test was encouraging, but their overall numbers were still barely good enough to pass the class. Were they struggling to comprehend the curriculum or simply putting in just enough work …

TOM COYNE: Back In Circulation — A Wild Week, While Wondering Why

On Valentine’s Day 2016, Minnesota Wild fans probably felt heartbroken. For the third consecutive year, their hockey team had slumped in midseason. But this dry spell had become so extended,  so desperate, that Head Coach Mike Yeo was given a pink slip instead of a red box of candy. Eight consecutive losses. Thirteen of 14 defeats shortly after the new …