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Mikael Granlund didn’t just go to his first Olympic Games and enjoy the tournament. He killed it. The 22-year-old (today, Happy Birthday!) led Team Finland with seven points (3-4=7) over six games and brought home a Bronze Medal.
Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.
But Granlund’s play through the Games wasn’t exactly a surprise for Wild fans that have seen him perform likewise most of the season, particularly leading up to the Olympics. Regardless, the added confidence boost the tournament has bred is something Granlund hopes to bring back to the State of Hockey and keep up through the Wild’s sprint to the finish.
Brian Murphy of the Pioneer Press was in Sochi and spoke with Granlund only minutes after the Bronze Medal game on how high he’s currently riding.
Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune was also present and snapped this picture of the media surrounding the young Finn.
This week they put their skills to the test and battled it out on the Curling ice. With dinner on the line, check out who may be trading their skates in for curling rocks and a broom. (Answer: neither.)
It’s no secret Minnesotans enjoy their hockey — watching or playing it. But some of the best times playing the game are often enjoyed outside on the pond, breathing in the fresh, crisp winter air.
The Wild took that sentiment to heart last weekend and practiced outdoors at the John Rose OVAL in Roseville on Sunday. The practice was open to fans and while it was a practice the Wild put on a bit of a show and had fun out in the open air.
It’s hard to imagine it’s almost March, but alas time isn’t about to slow down for anyone. With the turn of the calendar this weekend, the end of the regular season is fast approaching. Over the next six and half weeks, the Wild will play 23 games in a push for the playoffs.
As the Wild start that push Thursday in Edmonton, Michael Russo of the Star Tribune outlined four important keys Minnesota needs to keep its post-season hopes alive and well.
Goaltender storylines have been a big part of this season. First Josh Harding stepped up and showed he was one of the best in the league. Then he was sidelined and his return continues to remain a mystery. Then Darcy Kuemper followed in Harding’s footsteps and emerged as a force between the pipes.
Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press sat down with Kuemper earlier this week to chat about his season and his attitude towards the game.
Graff also did a quick update on Erik Haula, who was recalled earlier this week, and how he spent his Olympic break. Unfortunately for Haula, it did not include a warm beach, but I don’t think he can really complain with the numbers he put up in Iowa.
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