Michael Russo | Star Tribune
Reporter | Wild, NHL

Michael Russo has covered the NHL since 1995 and the Minnesota Wild for the Star Tribune since 2005.


Blues end Wild's season with series-clinching overtime goal

The Wild didn't go quietly Saturday afternoon, but few will remember the Wild's franchise-best regular season now that the team couldn't even get past Game 5 of the first round.


Wild, Blues are resigned to low-scoring series

Minnesota and St. Louis players are surprising even themselves with tenacity in limiting goals.


Cheating on the faceoff dot is delaying Wild-Blues games

Game 4 was slowed as centers, often the Wild's, drew calls.


Wild's Charlie Coyle steps up his game in playoffs

Wild's tough, talented winger ditched slump to be playoff force.


Hanzal's 'been good,' says Wild coach Boudreau

Because of the Wild's 4-10-2 March and playoff lack of success, some still feel the arrival of Martin Hanzal and Ryan White messed up the Wild's chemistry. Coach Bruce Boudreau disputes that claim.


Wild's frustration can be measured in big numbers, raw emotions

Statistical advantages are no comfort in a 3-0 hole.


'It's just not working.' Wild drops another close game to St. Louis

After a franchise-record 106 points, the Wild is three games into this postseason and has yet to figure out how to win a game against the St. Louis Blues or light up their stingy goalie.


Wild at a loss about lack of goals

The Wild, the second-highest-scoring team in the NHL during the regular season, a team that scored four or more goals 34 times and five or more 22 times, has scored three goals in three games and nearly 10 periods in the Western Conference quarterfinals with the St. Louis Blues.


Notes: Matching up with Blues' Tarasenko more difficult in St. Louis

With Games 3 and 4 at home, Mike Yeo will have last line change and the opportunity to get Vladimir Tarasenko away from Wild coach Bruce Boudreau's desired matchup.


Wild faces tough hill to climb down 2-0 to the Blues

Down 2-0 to the Blues, it won't be easy to come back. According to Elias Sports Bureau, only 18 teams in NHL history have rallied to win a best-of-seven series after losing the first two at home.