Minnesota Sports Roundup: Wild, Wolves both win SundayMinnesota News
-- Minnesota's Kevin Love hit a pair of free throws with one-tenth of a second left to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-91 win over the 76ers last night in Minneapolis.
Minnesota's Kevin Love hit a pair of free throws with one-tenth of a second left to lift the Timberwolves to a 92-91 win over the 76ers last night in Minneapolis. Love finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds for the Wolves, who have won three straight to move to 16-and-16 on the season. Ricky Rubio had 22 points, six rebounds and five assists in the victory. Jrue Holiday netted 20 points for the Sixers, who have dropped three in-a-row. Minnesota plays at Denver tonight at 8 p.m.
Minnesota goalie Niklas Backstrom made a career-high 48 saves to lead the Wild to a 2-0 win over the Bruins yesterday in St. Paul. Backstrom notched his fourth shutout of the season for Minnesota, which put the brakes on a seven-game skid with the victory. Boston, the defending NHL champions, controlled the first period, but had nothing to show for it. Minnesota's Matt Cullen and Chad Rau each lit the lamp in the second perior to push the Wild to the win. Rau is an Eden Prairie native, while Cullen was raised in Moorhead. Rau was recalled from AHL Houston just prior to the game. Tim Thomas allowed both goals on 29 shots for the Bruins, who came up short for the third time in four games. Minnesota is off today and will next play at Florida on Thursday.
The National Hockey League suspended Minnesota forward Warren Peters for yesterday's game after a cross-checking incident in Saturday's loss to St. Louis. Peters' illegal cross-check came against St. Louis Blues forward David Backes of Spring Lake Park, who played college hockey at Minnesota State-Mankato. The one-game ban for Peters is without pay.