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Russo's Rants

Russo's Rants


Wild's Granlund named Lady Byng Trophy finalist

Granlund will find out if he won the award on June 21 in Las Vegas.


Postgame: Disappointment, bewilderment as Wild's season ends abruptly

The Wild's 49-win, 106-point regular season means nothing now that it bowed out in five games to MIke Yeo and the St. Louis Blues.


Wild's Staal leaves Game 5 vs. Blues with head injury

Wild center Eric Staal was injured after he crashed into the boards in the second period. Staal had to be helped off the ice after the play. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ � cgonzalez@startribune.com - April 22, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Game 5, Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

Staal was injured when he went head-first into the end boards behind Blues goalie Jake Allen.


Haula, Wild ready for Game 5

After sitting out Game 4 in St. Louis -- and a pair of practices -- because of an injury, Wild forward Erik Haula (56) went full-bore in Friday's session.

Wild forward Erik Haula practiced Friday and appears ready to play in Saturday's Game 5 -- and St. Louis could have Paul Stastny back, too.


Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is "a lot happier'' after Game 4 win

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. ] CARLOS GONZALEZ ï cgonzalez@startribune.com - March 7, 2017, St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center, NHL, Hockey, St. Louis Blues at Minnesota Wild

The Wild returned Thursday morning from St. Louis and will have two days to prepare for Game 5 after extending the series.


Postgame: Blues don't match Wild's desperation in Game 4

The Wild staved off elimination behind Devan Dubnyk's shutout to force a fifth game.


Wild knows their backs are against the wall tonight in St. Louis

Wild forward Martin Hanzal (19)

The players were calmer than coach Bruce Boudreau during Wednesday's skate in St. Louis. The coach responded sharply when asked about Martin Hanzal's play, saying: 'I don't know why you pick on him.'


Wild's Haula sits out practice; Stastny skates for Blues

Minnesota Wild Eric Staal (12) and Charlie Coyle (3).

The Wild resumed practice in St. Paul, with Erik Haula taking the day off the ice for a 'maintenance day.'


Wild takes a 'mental health day' one loss from elimination

The Wild's Charlie Coyle fell while chasing after a loose puck with the Blues' Colton Parayko during the first period in Game 3 Sunday.

Bruce Boudreau gave his team the day off Monday, hoping players can clear their minds as they try to climb out of an 0-3 hole in their first-round playoff series against St. Louis.


Postgame: Three goals in three games has season on brink of disastrous end

The Blues' Robert Bortuzzo, left, reached for the puck as Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk slid over to block during the first period in Game 3 Sunday.

The Wild has three goals in three games after scoring four goals or more in a single game 34 times during the regular season.


Couple Wild lineup changes for Game 3

Wild defenseman Nate Prosser will make his series debut Sunday against the Blues and be paired with Jonas Brodin.

Ryan White and Nate Prosser will make their series debuts against the Blues.


Wild hopes to defy odds against the St. Louis Blues

Zach Parise (11) celebrated with teammates after scoring a power-play goal

The Wild hopes to become the 19th team to lose its first two games at home in a best of seven series and end up winning.


Postgame: Blues suffocating Wild at every turn offensively

The Wild has no 5-on-5 goals in the series and trails 2-0 because of it


After losing home ice, Wild knows Game 2 tonight is critical

Wild fans were glum when St. Louis pulled off a 2-1 overtime win in Game 1 of their series.

Isn't it amazing how much focus is put on trying to attain home-ice advantage in the first round and how simple it is to lose it?


Wild tries to brush off dejection, rebound in Friday's Game 2 vs. Blues

Minnesota Wild left wing Erik Haula (56) had a first period shot on St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34).

After losing a game it arguably deserved to win, the Wild knows it must find a way to beat Blues goalie Jake Allen


Zach Parise's 'accidental save' is picturesque, frustrating play in Wild's loss

The veteran winger might have kept the puck out the St. Louis net during a third-period scramble.


Postgame: Allen steals Game 1 for St. Louis with saving grace

Minnesota Wild right wing Nino Niederreiter (22) tried to deflect a puck in front of St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) in the second period.

Jake Allen was absolutely sensational. But as good as Allen was, the Wild – the second-best offensive team in the NHL this season -- lost because of its inability to finish around the net.


Game 1 of the Wild-Blues series is finally here

Eric Staal (12) celebrated after scoring the game tying goal late in the third period. Washington beat Minnesota 5-4 in overtime.

The Wild and Blues open its best of seven series at the X. The anticipation will build for even longer because the game isn't scheduled to start until 8:30 p.m.


Wild-Blues have final tune up before Wednesday's opening game

The Wild and Blues face off for Game 1 tomorrow.


Monday's practice gives hint of Wild's lines for Blues series

Wild left winger Zach Parise (11) and right winger Nino Niederreiter celebrated a goal by Niederreiter.

The Wild held its first practice in anticipation of the playoffs beginning Monday against the Blues.