Brian Murphy, Pioneer Press

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Saint Paul, MN, United States

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Past articles by Brian:

Wild not showing ‘the will and the want’ to get into playoffs – Twin Cities

A year ago the Wild were money at home, turning the Xcel Energy Center into a distinct home-ice advantage that made visitors vulnerable to the delight of sellout crowds who packed the arena every g… → Read More

Wild remain inept at home, suffer costly loss to Stars

Perhaps the Wild should petition the NHL to turn their final 11 games into a permanent road trip. Any excuse to avoid the unfriendly confines of the Xcel Energy Center. Home ice advantage is a fant… → Read More

Wild’s Luke Kunin ready to go for Thursday’s game vs. Dallas Stars – Twin Cities

Wild center Luke Kunin returned to practice Wednesday after missing two games with an upper-body injury and was declared ready to play Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars at Xcel Energy … → Read More

Wild’s Luke Kunin out indefinitely after check that left him woozy

Wild forward Luke Kunin was withheld from Friday’s game at Florida after taking an open-ice check that left him woozy Thursday in Tampa. → Read More

Kevin Fiala shows Wild — and his former team — what he can do – Twin Cities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Fiala walked out of the visitors’ dressing room at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night, turned left through the double doors separating the clubs and greeted former Nashvill… → Read More

Predators edge Wild in shootout for second consecutive game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Another shootout, another loss for the Minnesota Wild. Ryan Johansen’s goal in the fourth round Tuesday night lifted the Predators to their second straight shootout victory… → Read More

Wild’s Kevin Fiala returns to Nashville just long enough for a game — and to pack his bags – Twin Cities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mikael Granlund had his surreal homecoming Sunday in Minnesota. Tuesday was Kevin Fiala’s turn in the Music City. The former Predators winger returned to Bridgestone Arena and re… → Read More

Wild rock West-leading Flames, run winning streak to five

CALGARY, Alberta — It was only two weeks ago when the Wild were bemoaning their inability to finish, their lack of puck luck and the crushing malaise that threatened to bury them in the stand… → Read More

Wild’s Zach Parise still ailing, sits out game in Calgary – Twin Cities

CALGARY, Alberta — He practiced but could not play. Wild left wing Zach Parise was sidelined for Saturday night’s game against the Flames, giving veteran right-winger Matt Read a shot at anot… → Read More

Wild need to win, not settle scores in Calgary

Clinging to final playoff spot in West, the MN Wild vowed Friday to focus on winning in Calgary, not avenging tussles in two previous games against the Flames. “We need to win,” coach Bruce Boudreau said. “That’s nothing. It’s all about playing the game the right way.” → Read More

Getting to know the new Wild: Name tags might help

Kevin Fiala’s head was still spinning Thursday after the left-winger practiced with the Wild for the first time since being acquired from Nashville earlier this week. Two locker stalls down, winger… → Read More

Wild trade Mikael Granlund to Nashville for Kevin Fiala

Wild forward Mikael Granlund has been traded to Central Division rival Nashville for left winger Kevin Fiala, , a league source confirmed, continuing a string of deals that jettisoned mainstay wing… → Read More

Wild found their game on the road. Will it return with them to the X?

Now that the MN Wild have climbed back into the wild-card picture with a pair of impressive road victories over the Rangers and Red Wings, how will they respond upon returning home to the Xcel Energy Center, which has been a house of misery for the past two weeks? → Read More

Wild remain effective on road, beat Red Wings 3-2

DETROIT — The Xcel Energy Center has been a house of horrors lately for the Minnesota Wild, who can’t score on home ice. But they are keeping their playoff hopes alive by taking care of busin… → Read More

NHL trade deadline has Wild players on edge

DETROIT — Trade deadline season is no place for a nervous person. There is general anxiety in the dressing room waiting for the process to play out, who might be spared and who might be jetti… → Read More

Wild catch needed break in win over Rangers

“Right now it’s just one win, but we had to go through a little bit of adversity just to get it,” said coach Bruce Boudreau. → Read More

Wild hope newest player, Ryan Donato, helps them get back on track

NEW YORK — Ryan Donato was out to dinner with his father Ted and girlfriend Bradley in Boston on Wednesday night when he learned he had been traded by the hometown Bruins to the Minnesota Wil… → Read More

Wild send Charlie Coyle to Boston for center Ryan Donato, fifth-round pick

The MN Wild sell-off began in earnest Wednesday when the general manager Paul Fenton sent forward Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins for center Ryan Donato and a fifth-round pick, a source told the Pioneer Press. → Read More

Wild’s collapse continues in 4-0 loss to Ducks – Twin Cities

First the Wild couldn’t win at home. Now they can’t even score. Jakob Silfverberg’s goal early in the second period stood up as the winner for the Anaheim Ducks in their 4-0 victory over the haples… → Read More

Wild GM Paul Fenton still undecided on whether to stand pat or deal

Still trying to figure out this enigmatic Wild team? Get in line. Right behind Paul Fenton. Minnesota’s first-year general manager is making and receiving telephone calls from his counterparts in a… → Read More