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EDMONTON, -- Mikael Granlund scored the tie-breaking goal at 14:12 of the third period as the Minnesota Wild defeated the host Edmonton Oilers 4-3 Tuesday night, Oct. 30.. Granlund's power-play goal, assisted by Eric Staal and Ryan Suter, gave the Wild their only lead of the game and helped them improve to 1-1-0 on their season-high, seven-game trip. Minnesota had a five-game winning streak snapped in a 5-2 loss Monday at Vancouver.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen has made it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Or at least the ball he caught last Sunday to set an NFL record has.
EDMONTON, Alberta — Let’s just say Wild coach Bruce Boudreau doesn’t have the best poker face. Whether it’s his face turning beet red during a game, or him scoffing at a question in a press conference, simply put, if something is bothering the coach, it’s not hard to tell. As of late, the thing that seems to be bothering him the most is his team’s putrid power play, which ranked No. 26 in the NHL entering Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
ST. PAUL -- On Halloween night, some brave trick-or-treaters will cautiously walk a long path leading to dark house in St. Paul. As they climb the stone steps to the front door, spotlights will suddenly flood the entryway and illuminate a large cage. Behind the bars of the cage, a massive gorilla will be pounding its chest and grunting. “Did you bring a canned good for the food shelf?” the gorilla will ask.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., -- Tom Brady threw for 324 yards as the New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 25-6 on Monday night in Orchard Park, N.Y., for their fifth consecutive win. Having averaged 39.3 points over their previous four games, the Patriots (6-2) didn't reach the end zone until James White's 1-yard touchdown plunge with just under 10 minutes remaining. Devin McCourty returned an interception 84 yards for New England's other touchdown, and Stephen Gostkowski made four field goals.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Butler made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 32 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 124-120 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in Minneapolis. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, and rookie guard Josh Okogie scored a season-high 17 points for Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Quarterback Tanner Morgan, the co-Big Ten freshman of the week, will make his second start when the Gophers face Illinois in Champaign at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. “I look at it as a healthy quarterback competition,” coach P.J. Fleck said Monday. “We still have two freshmen and one’s not healthy and has to be able to play, and the other comes in and plays extremely well.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- At the midpoint of the season, the Vikings already know they can’t match last season’s 13-3 record. So is coach Mike Zimmer displeased? Nope. The Vikings’ 30-20 loss Sunday night to New Orleans left them 4-3-1. So the best they can finish is 12-3-1. “I’m not disappointed,” Zimmer said Monday of his team’s midseason record. “It is what it is. We’ve got eight more games to go, and that will always determine what we end up doing.”
MOORHEAD, Minn. — The 2019 MNsure open enrollment period begins this Thursday, Nov. 1. Beginning at 7 a.m., on Nov. 1, Minnesotans can log on to the MNsure website and enroll. For those who want coverage that begins Jan. 1, they must enroll by Dec. 15, 2018. Open enrollment runs until Jan. 13.
ST. PAUL -- Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, Oct. 25, in St. Paul.. Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist and Jonas Brodin, Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu also scored to help the Wild to their fourth straight win. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had an assist in his 1,000th NHL game. Dubnyk also assisted on Brodin's goal, the seventh assist of his 10-year NHL career.