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-- The Minnesota Wild played a solid game but could not score in a 1-0 loss to the Stars last (Tues) night at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Minnesota Wild played a solid game but could not score in a 1-0 loss to the Stars last (Tues) night at the Xcel Energy Center. Dallas forward Jamie Benn notched the lone goal early in the third period and goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 25 saves for his second straight shutout. Wild rookie goalie Matthew Hackett stopped 24 shots in his second consecutive start. Center Kyle Brodziak had three good scoring opportunities for Minnesota. The Wild welcomed Cal Clutterbuck back from a three-game absence against the Stars. The team will have three days to practice before Saturday's home game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
The N-F-L's free-agency period is officially under way and the Vikings have been relatively quiet so far. Minnesota agreed to a three-year contract extension with back-up defensive tackle Letroy Guion and re-signed reserve quarterback Sage Rosenfels. The Vikings had around 23-million dollars in salary cap space and need help at the wide receiver, offensive line and defensive back positions. The Vikings are reportedly interested in Seahawks tight end John Carlson from Litchfield, Minnesota. The team released veteran linemen Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Herrera and cornerback Cedric Griffin last weekend.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team opens the N-I-T tonight at LaSalle in Philadelphia (6pm). The Golden Gophers and Explorers are meeting for the first time since 1965. Center Ralph Sampson III missed the Big Ten Tournament with a knee injury but is expected to return to the court tonight. Senior Earl Pettis leads the Explorers in scoring at 15 points per game. L-U is 14-and-two at home this season.
The winner of the Minnesota-LaSalle game will face either Miami of Florida or Valparaiso in the second round of the N-I-T.
The Blue Jays pounded starter Francisco Liriano and the Twins 8-2 in Grapefruit League play Wednesday in Fort Myers. Liriano cruised through the first two innings before giving up four runs on four hits and a hit-by-pitch in the third. Toronto added four more runs in the sixth off Twins reliever Alex Burnett. Jays left-hander Brett Cecil tossed three scoreless innings in the victory. Joe Mauer had a pair of hits for Minnesota after going hitless in four straight games. The Twins play at the Phillies this afternoon.