MINNESOTA SPORTS ROUNDUP: Wild win Game 7 in overtime, advance to face Chicago next
DENVER, CO -- Minnesota forward Nino Niederreiter scored the game-winning goal five minutes into overtime to lift the Wild to a 5-4 win over the Avalanche in Game Seven of their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series in Denver. The Wild become the first road team to win in the series and play the reigning NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks in the next round. Niederreiter scored twice while Kyle Brodziak had three assists. Nick Holden and Jamie McGinn scored in the first while Paul Stastny and Bloomington native Erik Johnson scored in the third period for Colorado. Darcy Kuemper stopped 17 shots before making way for Ilya Bryzgalov, who made only one save for the Wild. Kumper suffered a lower body injury. Semyon Varlamov turned away 30 attempts in the loss. Jared Spurgeon's goal with just over two-minutes left in regulation tied the game for Minnesota and set up the overtime.
The Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers are onto the next round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-1 to become just the fourth team to rally from a 3-0 series deficit. L.A. plays the Anaheim Ducks in the Western semifinals. The New York Rangers nipped the Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 to advance to the Eastern semifinals and play the Pittsburgh Penguins. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens meet in the other Eastern semis, which starts on Thursday night.
Los Angeles pitcher Zack Greinke struck out six over six-plus innings to help the Dodgers drop the Minnesota Twins 6-4 at Target Field last night. Greinke allowed seven hits and an unearned run to move to 5-and-0. Juan Uribe knocked in two runs for Los Angeles, which has won two of three. Kenley Jansen picked up save number 10. Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Escobar each drove in two runs for Minnesota, which has lost two of three. Kyle Gibson gave up five runs in six-and-two-thirds frames for the loss. The same two teams play a day-night doubleheader today at Target Field. The opener is the regularly-scheduled matinee game at 12:10 p.m. The nightcap begins at 6:10 p.m. and is the makeup contest from Tuesday night's rainout.
The Los Angeles Dodgers are the fourth team to win 10-thousand baseball games since joining the National League in 1890. They grabbed the historic win on Wednesday night after beating the Twins 6-4 in Minnesota. The San Francisco Giants, Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves are the other franchises with at least 10-thousand wins.
Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Matt Garza, a former Twin, has a right contusion on his thumb. He left Wednesday's start against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium after walking Matt Carpenter to start the bottom of the fourth inning. Garza gave up five runs on five hits and four walks prior to the injury. The Brewers say the right-hander is day-to-day.
The Minnesota Vikings wrapped up their second day of voluntary veteran minicamp yesterday at Winter Park. Head coach Mike Zimmer says they have started by implementing the vary basics of what the new coaching staff wants to do. He says he believes the offense is a little ahead of the defense at this point. The final day of the football-related workouts are today in Eden Prairie.
The new College Football Playoff weekly rankings will be released on Tuesdays. ESPN will reveal the Selection Committee's rankings starting October 28th. A weekly rankings show will continue through December 2nd. The final four teams will be announced on December 7th for the two National Semifinal games with the winners advancing to the national championship.
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has named Erin Lind as the new commissioner of the league. She will take over for the retiring commissioner Butch Raymond. Lind is a Marshall native, who attended Southwest Minnesota State, where she played basketball, earning first-team all-NSIC honors as a junior. She holds a master's degree in sports management from the University of Minnesota. She began at the NSIC in 2001 and has served as the associate commissioner of the league since 2005. Lind will begin her commissioner duties on July 1st.
The WNBA Minnesota Lynx will have Day Five of training camp today, but head coach Cheryl Reeve has changed plans slightly for tomorrow. The initial agenda called for a full workout day tomorrow, but Reeve has been happy enough with the first four days of training camp that she has decided to give the players Friday off. Minnesota will play an exhibition game on Monday against an Australian National Team at 7 p.m.