TAMPA, Fla.—The Tampa Bay Lightning, scrapping for every point in a wild-card logjam, picked up two points Thursday night with one of their more impressive wins, surprising the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 victory at Amalie Arena. Andrei Vasilevskiy won for the fourth time in five games since taking over as Tampa Bay's primary goaltender with the trade of Ben Bishop last week, stopping the first 28 Minnesota shots. He finished with 32 saves. Nikita Kucherov continued his hot streak, adding two goals and assist to give him nine goals in his past eight games.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 29 points and 14 rebounds for Minnesota, and Ricky Rubio added 15 points and 12 assists as the Timberwolves beat the Los Angeles Clippers 107-91 on Wednesday night. Andrew Wiggins scored 20 points for Minnesota, which won for the third time in four games and beat Los Angeles for the second time this season. Shabazz Muhammed added 17 points for the Timberwolves in a spot start.
NORMAN, Okla. - Oklahoma held its much anticipated pro day on Wednesday, giving polarizing running back prospect Joe Mixon an opportunity to audition for the NFL teams in attendance. Mixon didn't disappoint with solid numbers in the broad jump (9-feet-10), vertical jump (35 inches), bench press (21) and his only 40-yard dash attempt that was clocked in the mid-4.4s, depending on the watch. Two teams confirmed they are leaving Norman with a 4.47 "official" time for him. Scouts were told that Mixon only ran his 40-yard dash once on advice by his agent.
The Dallas Cowboys plan to release quarterback Tony Romo on Thursday to end his 14-year run with the team as the new league year gets underway, according to multiple reports Wednesday. Romo's 2017 salary cap number of $24.7 million stands as the highest among any quarterback for next season. Romo's departure became more apparent when reports surfaced of free agent quarterback Josh McCown visiting with the Cowboys on Wednesday.
SAINT PAUL, Minn. - The St. Louis Blues were mere ticks of the clock away from their second consecutive shutout, but still held off the Minnesota Wild for a 2-1 win on Tuesday. Blues goalie Jake Allen had 32 saves and was 10.5 seconds away from his second shutout in as many games. The Blues (33-27-5) got goals from David Perron and Vladimir Tarasenko.
With defenseman Matt Dumba sidelined due to an illness, the Minnesota Wild recalled Gustav Olofsson from the minors and inserted him into the lineup for the Tuesday night game against the visiting St. Louis Blues. Olofsson played eight games for the Wild previously this season, recording two assists and a minus-1 rating. He also played two games for Minnesota in 2015-16 without registering a point. In 48 games with the Iowa Wild of the AHL this season, Olofsson has five goals and 17 assists. His point total is tied for fourth on the team, and his assist tally ranks second.
Minnesota Wild defenseman Christian Folin is expected to miss at least three weeks with an upper-body injury, the team announced on Monday. Folin was checked into the boards by San Jose forward Kevin Labanc during the first period of Sunday's 3-1 victory over the Sharks. Labanc received a two-minute penalty for boarding on the play. Folin, who did not return to the contest, has recorded two goals, five assists and 24 penalty minutes in 44 games this season.
MINNEAPOLIS - Monday's game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Portland Trail Blazers has been postponed due to slippery court conditions. An ice rink currently sits underneath the basketball court at Target Center, the Timberwolves' home arena. The rink was used for Disney On Ice this past weekend and will be used again this coming weekend for the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament. Humidity from an unseasonably warm day in Minneapolis resulted in condensation on the court.
The NHL's newest expansion team has its first player in the fold. Forward Reid Duke, a 2014 sixth-round draft pick of the Minnesota Wild, became the first player signed by the Las Vegas Golden Knights on Monday. The signing comes less than a week after the Golden Knights officially because the NHL's 31st team. Las Vegas will begin play in the 2017-18 season.
The Minnesota Wild reassigned forward Tyler Graovac to the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League on Monday. Graovac, 23, has seven goals, one assist and a plus-6 rating in 49 games with Minnesota this season, as well as eight points for its AHL affiliate. The 6-foot-5, 212-pound native of Brampton, Ontario, owns eight points in 54 career NHL contests with Minnesota and 95 points (46 goals, 49 assists) in 186 AHL games with Iowa. Graovac was selected by Minnesota in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL draft.