Wild get 9th win, and a practice facility 23 Dec 16

MONTREAL (AP) — Eric Staal’s short-handed goal in the third period broke a tie and helped Minnesota to a 4-2 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Thursday night, giving the Wild a ninth straight win that tied the team record.

Jordan Schroeder and Jared Spurgeon also scored for the Wild (20-8-4), who last won nine in a row March 8th through 24th, 2007. They have a chance to break the record Friday night against the Rangers in New York. Jason Zucker added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left in the game.

Max Pacioretty and Artturi Lehkonen scored for Montreal (21-8-4), which ended a two-game winning run.

The game featured a duel between two of the NHL’s leading goalies, with Devan Dubnyk having the edge over Carey Price as the Canadiens outshot the Wild 34-27.


ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild will lease space for a practice facility at the former Macy’s building in downtown St. Paul.

The team and developers announced Thursday the Wild are the first tenant to sign a lease at the building, now called Wabasha Center.

Developers are renovating the building and adding an ice rink that also will be available for local teams, figure skaters and groups to rent. The practice facility is expected to be completed in fall 2017.

Wild owner Craig Leipold said a dedicated practice facility “is a critical component” to the team’s success and will “play a significant role in revitalizing an important asset” in St. Paul.

The old Macy’s building has been empty for years.

The Star Tribune reports building owners plan to announce other tenants soon.