Minnesota Sports Roundup: Ducks score two in the third to defeat MinnesotaMinnesota Sports
-- Anaheim's Luca Sbisa scored the go-ahead goal with 3:04 to go in regulation as the Ducks edged the Wild 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center.
Anaheim's Luca Sbisa scored the go-ahead goal with 3:04 to go in regulation as the Ducks edged the Wild 2-1 at Xcel Energy Center. Patrick Maroon also tallied for Anaheim, which has won four in-a-row. Jonas Hiller kicked aside 30 of the 31 shots he faced in the victory. Devin Setoguchi scored the lone goal for the Wild, who had their four-game home winning streak snapped. Niklas Backstrom surrendered both goals on 21 shots in the setback. Minnesota dominated play on the ice for the first two periods, but failed to cash in on several power play opportunities. The Wild host Colorado tomorrow.
The Minnesota Wild sent Mikael Granlund to AHL Houston yesterday so he could get more ice time. The 21-year-old rookie started the season with Minnesota, but his playing time has diminished and head coach Mike Yeo wants the rookie to gain experience. Granlund had six points in 19 games. Minnesota also traded forward Matt Kassian to Ottawa for a sixth-round draft choice in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Kassian has been playing at AHL Houston most of this season. Kassian had been battling injuries this season and did not appear in a game at the NHL level for Minnesota.
The Vikings parted ways with veteran cornerback Antoine Winfield as the new league year officially began yesterday. Winfield was set to make 7.25-million-dollars this coming season. The Vikings also re-signed fullback Jerome Felton, linebacker Erin Henderson, wide receiver Devin Aromashodu, safety Jamarca Sanford and tackle Phil Loadholt to contract extensions. It is believed they've also agreed to terms with receiver Jerome Simpson on a one-year deal.
Minnesota's Ricky Rubio posted his first career triple-double to lead the Timberwolves to a stunning 107-83 rout of the shorthanded Spurs at the Target Center last night. Rubio recorded 21 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists for the T'wolves, who won for just the second time in 10 games. J.J. Barea scored 17 points and Alexey Shved had 16, both off the bench, in the victory. Minnesota shot 54-percent as a team, while San Antonio hit just 35-perent of its shots. Cory Joseph netted 15 points and Stephen Jackson donated 14 for the Spurs, who were without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard due to injuries. At 49-and-16, the Spurs are now a half-game behind the Miami Heat for the best record in the NBA. Minnesota is at Indiana tonight.
St. Cloud native Nate Wolters scored a game-high 27 points as South Dakota State knocked off North Dakota State 73-67 to earn its second straight Summit League tournament title. Jordan Dykstra added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Jackrabbits, who punched their ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive year.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers continue to gear up for their Big Ten Tournament opener tomorrow against Illinois in Chicago. The Gophers lost their final two games of the regular season to finish ninth in the Big Ten at 8-and-10. They were 20-and-11 overall. The Illini earned the eighth seed after a 21-and-11 and 8-and-10 campaign. The two teams split their regular season matchups with the road team winning each game. Tomorrow's game tips off at 11 a.m. at the United Center.