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MN State Sports

Donato scores 2, Wild past Rangers 5-2

By Andres Ybarra Associated Press ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Donato scored two goals and Devan Dubnyk had 26 saves as the Minnesota Wild beat the New York Rangers 5-2 on Saturday night to stay in the thick of the playoff race. Eric Staal, Jared Spurgeon and J.T. Brown also scored for ...

Livers scores 21, No. 10 Michigan pounds Minnesota

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — No. 10 Michigan had just buried Minnesota when the focus shifted to the opportunity at hand. The Wolverines didn’t just earn a shot at a record third straight Big Ten Tournament championship. They put themselves in position to get some ...

Murphy, Coffey lead Minnesota over No. 13 Purdue 75-73

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Minnesota came into the Big Ten Tournament looking to secure a brighter postseason future after an inconsistent regular season. With a trip to the conference semifinals, things are looking good Even better, the Gophers knocked off one of ...

Stars overcome Bishop’s injury in 4-1 win vs. Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L'Esperance scored for Dallas in a span of 2:22 early in the second period, and the Stars hung on for a 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild after goalie Ben Bishop was hurt Thursday night. Anton Khudobin stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced ...

Coffey leads Gophers over Penn State, 77-72 in OT

By Andrew Seligman AP Sports Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Amir Coffey scored 10 of his 22 points in the final minute, and Minnesota rallied for a 77-72 overtime victory over Penn State in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday night. Coffey put the Golden Gophers (20-12) on top ...

Relieved Barr remains a Viking after uneasy pledge to Jets

By Dave Campbell AP Pro Football Writer EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Anthony Barr slept for a mere two hours on Monday night, awakened at 3 a.m. by the angst of his decision about which team to pick in free agency. His verbal commitment to join the New York Jets triggered immediate unease about ...

Gibson scores 25 as Wolves, without Towns, top Knicks 103-92

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Taj Gibson scored a season-high 25 points, Jeff Teague added 20 points and 10 assists, and the Minnesota Timberwolves beat the New York Knicks 103-92 on Sunday night despite playing without All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns. Rookie Keita Bates-Diop scored a career-high 18 ...

Barkov has team-record 5 assists, Panthers beat Wild

By Paul Gereffi Associated Press SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Aleksander Barkov set a franchise record with five assists, and MacKenzie Weegar and Mike Matheson each scored twice as the Florida Panthers beat the Minnesota Wild 6-2 on Friday night to snap a six-game losing streak. Jonathan ...

Cowan scores 21 as No. 24 Maryland beats Minnesota

By David Ginsburg AP Sports Writer COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Anthony Cowan scored 21 points, Jalen Smith had 19 points and 11 rebounds and No. 24 Maryland beat Minnesota 69-60 on Friday night to end the regular season in feel-good fashion following a two-game skid. The Terrapins led by 12 ...

Zucker, Dubnyk lead Wild past Lightning 3-0

By Erik Erlendsson Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Jason Zucker kept putting the puck in the net for the Minnesota Wild. And, Devan Dubnyk refused to let any get by him. Zucker scored all three of Minnesota's goals for his first career hat trick, Dubnyk made 25 saves for his second ...

Drummond has 31 and 15 as surging Pistons top Wolves

By Dave Hogg Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the surging Detroit Pistons beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-114 on Wednesday night. Drummond posted his 16th straight double-double — the second-longest streak in franchise history. He set ...

Coffey’s 32 points helps Minnesota down No. 11 Purdue 73-69

By Dave Campbell AP Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Amir Coffey matched his career with 32 points, making two free throws with 2.5 seconds left Tuesday night to seal Minnesota’s 73-69 victory over No. 11 Purdue to give the Gophers a big boost for an NCAA Tournament berth and spoil the ...

Towns scores 41 as Timberwolves top Thunder 131-120

By Tyler Mason Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Karl-Anthony Towns had 41 points and 14 rebounds as the Minnesota Timberwolves spoiled Paul George’s return to the Oklahoma City lineup with a 131-120 win over the Thunder on Tuesday night. Towns has 180 points over his last five ...

Predators-Wild Sums

Nashville 1 0 1 0—3 Minnesota 0 2 0 0—2 Nashville won shootout 2-1. First Period_1, Nashville, Bonino 15 (Grimaldi, Simmonds), 5:21. Penalties_Johansen, NSH, (slashing), 16:12. Second Period_2, Minnesota, Fehr 6, 16:35. 3, Minnesota, Zucker ...

Johansen scores in shootout, Predators beat Wild 3-2

By DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Sports Writer ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Johansen scored in the fourth round of the shootout on Sunday night to give the Nashville Predators a 3-2 victory over Minnesota and stop the Wild's winning streak at five games. Filip Forsberg had the tying goal with 4:19 ...

Donato’s goal in OT gives Wild 2-1 win vs. Blues

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Ryan Donato scored with 2:31 left in overtime to lead the Minnesota Wild past the St. Louis Blues 2-1 on Sunday night for their third straight victory. Donato, who has four points in three games since being acquired by the Wild in a trade with Boston, launched his shot ...

Mathis scores 18 to help Rutgers beat Minnesota 68-64

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Eight days ago, Geo Baker hit what looked like was going to be the winning 3-pointer in a major upset for Rutgers over No. 21 Iowa. Then Joe Wieskamp banked in an unbelievable 3 from the corner with less than a second to play to turn the game into a heartbreaking home ...

Wild end 5-game slide with 4-1 victory over the Rangers

NEW YORK (AP) — Zach Parise and his newest teammate got the Minnesota Wild a much-needed win. Parise had a goal and an assist, and the Wild ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night. Ryan Donato, who was acquired in a trade with Boston on Wednesday, ...

Baldelli uncommitted to closer, with many options for 9th

By Dana Caldwell Associated Press FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — The normally gregarious Rocco Baldelli has been quite tight-lipped about his plans for the closer role, entering his first season as Minnesota’s manager. That’s the biggest unanswered question for the Twins in spring training. ...

Ex-Gophers coach Kill says successor Fleck ‘about himself’

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Former Minnesota coach Jerry Kill says he won't speak again to P.J. Fleck, saying the current Golden Gophers coach is too selfish. Kill spoke to Sirius XM radio Tuesday and said he thinks Fleck is "about himself" instead of the players . Kill said he's been particularly ...