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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild’s scoreless streak was advancing in the 70th minute when they finally broke a break on a broken stick from St. Louis. Joel Eriksson Ek scored the first goal of the game a few seconds later, and the entire Wild bench jumped for joy, a little relieved. READ MORE: Wild loses 4-0 to Blues in Game 1 of NHL playoffs Kirill Kaprizov had a hat-trick and Eriksson Ek scored twice for Wild, who responded at St. Louis Blues with a 6-2 win to even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece on Wednesday night. Kaprizov scored on the power play for Wild, who went 0-for-6 with the man lead in their 4-0 loss in Game 1 and went 1-for-9 against the Blues in three regular-season losses. The Wild beat their Central Division rival in regulation for just the third time in 16 games since the Blues won the 2019 Stanley Cup in the second period. They lost defenseman Robert Bortuzzo to injury after he blocked a shot with the side of the face in the first. “Once you know he hit him in the head, obviously he’s pretty scary,” St. Louis defenseman Colton Parayko said. “As a teammate and a friend, it’s hard to watch. I hope he feels better.” Vladimir Tarasenko had a goal and an assist for the Blues, who host Game 3 in St. Louis on Friday night. “You come here, split and go home. You’re satisfied with that,” coach Craig Berube said. “It’s going to be a long series and you have to fight and hold on.” his offense in a big way during this first season of the eight-year, $42 million contract he signed last summer. Eriksson Ek snapped Blues goalie Ville Husso’s shutout streak at 69:33 when he scored on Minnesota’s first shot on goal. After Bortuzzo’s stick broke on a punt attempt, Jordan Greenway grabbed the puck and, passing it just over the helpless Bortuzzo, fed Eriksson Ek into the sweet spot of his stick for the only time. “Obviously, it was very important for us to get that feel-good boost about the game,” Kaprizov said through a translator. “I think the fans liked it right away.” Kaprizov, the precocious Russian star who set franchise records this season with 47 goals and 108 points, gave the Wild a 5-2 lead on a deft touch pass from Mats Zuccarello. the hurry. He added an empty netter with 7:08 remaining after Berube took out Husso in a last-ditch effort. READ MORE: Wild Gear Up For First Round Of NHL Playoffs Against Blues: ‘Everybody’s Back To Zero’ST Kirill Kaprizov (Photo by David Berding /Getty Images) Between Kaprizov’s scoring, Eriksson Ek thought he had a hat-trick himself. So did the dozens who threw their caps on the ice, but a challenge from the Blues (Marcus Foligno was offside) erased that goal. “I think Moose should buy some new hats for all those people,” said Eriksson Ek. The Wild kept the same power play lineup after their Game 1 struggle, and Gaudreau delivered at the first opportunity. After Justin Faulk was called for hitting high, Husso left a juicy rebound off Jonas Brodin’s slap shot up front that Gaudreau brought down. he intentionally went low for the block, and Eriksson Ek hit him painfully in the face. Bortuzzo immediately left the ice and did not return. Shortly after that power play, Eriksson Ek’s redirection resulted in a rebound that Kaprizov hit the post. With Kevin Fiala crashing hard into the net, Husso couldn’t stop the puck from sliding past the goal line. Then, just 51 seconds into the second period, Eriksson Ek gave Wild a 4-0 lead. He stole a sloppy pass from Tarasenko that was supposed to go to Calle Rosen and dropped Husso with a backhand forehand to drive the puck into a glove-side goal. The Wild were exasperated by their special teams struggles in Game 1. This time, they went 2-for-3 on the power play and killed four of five penalties while doing a better job of controlling the rebounds Fleury was kicking. The Xcel Energy Center crowd, which had been buzzing all night, took a break from taunting Husso with a serenade of Fleury’s last name late in the game. “It was a fun game and I hope we get a lot more,” said Fleury, acquired March 21 from Chicago just before the trade deadline. Bortuzzo’s departure left the Blues awfully thin on the blue line. Nick Leddy suffered an upper body injury but played in Game 1. Marco Scandella has not played in the series due to a lower body injury. NOTES: The Wild improved to 3-13 in Game 2 of the playoffs. They raised their record to 2-8 in home games in the four postseason series in franchise history they’ve had with the highest-seeded home court advantage. … The Blues fell to 10-2-1 on the road since the trade deadline. MORE NEWS: Wild Ready For First Round Playoff Series With St. Louis Blues(© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Gilbert Dominant On Mound To Lift Mariners Past Twins 5-0 – WCCO

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SEATTLE (AP) — At the rate he’s going, Logan Gilbert will find himself pitching in Los Angeles in the All-Star Game a month from now. -Batter in the Mariners’ 5-0 win over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night. depression. But the only thing everyone wanted to talk about afterwards was another excellent performance from Gilbert. “It sounds to me like he’s putting together an All-Star season,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “I think he’s certainly setting himself apart as one of the best starters in this league.” Gilbert cut his ERA to 2.22, struck out six and walked one. Gilberto Celestino, batting No. 9, and Carlos Correa hit two singles off Gilbert, but the rest of the Twins’ lineup was unsuccessful. The only time Minnesota threatened was in the sixth with runners on first and second and two out, but Gilbert struck out Max Kepler on a 3-2 pitch. It was the fourth time this year that Gilbert won after a loss in Seattle. “I’m trying to always set the tone when it’s my day, and get ahead and keep zeros on the board and give us a chance to win,” Gilbert said. . “So win or lose, that’s my job. And that’s what I’ve tried to go out and do.” Gilbert (7-2) has allowed three runs or fewer in 12 of his 13 starts this season. He has pitched at least six innings in six straight outings, and only Seattle, wanting to keep the pitching countdown down against the Twins a bit, prevented Gilbert from entering the seventh inning. just a bunch of positive things combined,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He made good pitches when he had to.” Erik Swanson, Diego Castillo and Matt Festa each worked an inning of relief to finish the shutout. home run an inning later to chase down Minnesota starter Joe Ryan. Sam Haggerty added an RBI double in the seventh. Seattle had scored three runs or fewer in four of the previous six games. The Mariners are 25-10 when scoring four or more this season, even if Gilbert didn’t need that much support.READ MORE: Buxton Homers Vs Seattle Again, Twins Top Mariners 3-2“When he goes out, it’s business, and playing behind a guy like that, he’s a lot of fun,” France said. “The game just flows. Hopefully we can get some racing support tonight.” Ryan (5-3) made his first start since he was placed on the COVID-19 disabled list on May 25. He retired 11 of his first 12 batters before Julio Rodriguez doubled with one. out in the fourth, and Suarez followed with an impressive home run down the left field line. An inning later with Ryan working, France hit a broken ball hanging on the first pitch. Ryan allowed five hits and struck out three in 4 2/3 innings. Injured back that the team expected and would be imagining a bit to see if there is something else at stake. Polanco has sat out the last two games. Mariners: SS JP Crawford was ruled out about an hour before first pitch after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Servais said. Crawford was ready to bat in the leadoff spot. Dylan Moore replaced him at shortstop. Servais seemed pessimistic that Crawford would be able to play Wednesday. … Jesse Winker was given the night off. Servais had planned to give each of his outfielders a day off during this stay at home, but Winker has been a huge disappointment at the plate. He is batting just .208 and has six hits in his last 39 at-bats. ROSTER MOVEMENT To make room for Ryan, the Twins designated Elliot Soto for the INF assignment a day after he was drafted out of Triple-A St. Paul. Soto did not appear in his only game with the Twins. Baldelli was hopeful Soto would remain in the organization if he clears waivers.UP NEXTTwins: Right-hander Sonny Gray (3-1, 2.41 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 15-day disabled list after missing time for a strain in the right pectoral. Gray hasn’t started for the Twins since May 29 when he pitched six innings against Kansas City. Mariners: LHP Marco Gonzales (3-6, 3.63) is making his 13th start of the season. Gonzales lasted 4 1/3 innings in his last start against Boston, allowing two runs on two hits with a career-high six walks. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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Storm wins for fourth straight time to extend Lynx losing streak – WCCO

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, including a go-ahead basket with 42.6 seconds left, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 81-79 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight victory. Stewart floated into the lane to break a 79-all tie. After Minnesota was left empty-handed at the other end on a lopsided layup attempt by Moriah Jefferson, Stewart dribbled the clock past it to Jewell Loyd, who missed a contested shot down the lane. But Stewart grabbed the offensive rebound and knocked him out to run out time. Epiphanny Prince made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and finished with 15 points for Seattle (9-5). Loyd added 13 points, including a 3-point play for a 57-54 lead after Seattle started the third quarter on an 18-8 run. Sue Bird did not play due to illness other than COVID. Breanna Stewart (Credit: Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Stewart had 15 points in the first half, but Seattle still trailed 46-39. The Storm finished 12 of 27 from 3-point range. Kayla McBride scored 20 points for Minnesota (3-12), including a 3-pointer to tie it at 79-all with 52 seconds left. Jessica Shepard added 12 points, Nikolina Milic added 11 points and the Aerial Powers had 10 points and seven assists. Minnesota, which has lost four straight, outscored Seattle 51.5% to 38.4 but gave it up 15 times. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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‘We are only here to win’: Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys Lacrosse team seeks fifth state championship – WCCO

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ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn. (WCCO) — They’re young, but they’re not insecure. “We are very confident. We know we are the best team in the state. It all comes down to whether we all play together,” said Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior spiker, Cam Gelling. READ MORE: ‘Take What’s Ours’: Championship Softball Turns Ruthless In FinalsThe Benilde-St. Margaret’s boys are back in the state, for the fifth year in a row, undefeated and in first place. “We know what to expect. We know the splendor around the state tournament,” said BSM Head Coach Rob Hunt. Margaret’s has been a sure success, winning the first state title in 2007 and last year. This week they go for title number five. (Credit: CBS) “I think it would just continue to cement our show as one of the best shows in Minnesota, if not the Midwest,” Hunt said. “We want to continue to help elevate the game not just locally, but for the entire state.” READ MORE: MSHSL passes name, image, and likeness policy for student athletes“It would mean a lot to us, especially going back,” Gelling said. The Red Knights have a reputation for winning every game. “I think you’re everyone’s target. Some people have said that. It really doesn’t affect us. We’re just here to win,” junior midfielder Brad Little said. Still, they try to reframe the narrative. “At one point this year, we positioned ourselves in our own locker room as if we were the chasers,” Hunt said. . “We were going to go out and hunt everyone down and let everyone know that we were still here. As the year progressed, it became clear that we were one of the best teams in the state. And we were going to get the best shot of all.” MORE NEWS: The Chanhassen HS lacrosse team is enjoying a dominant season despite few home game opportunities They are ready for whoever comes to take their place at the top.

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