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Wild postgame: Devan Dubnyk makes a believer out of all of us

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 17:45
Three days ago, I wrote about some slippage in goalie Devan Dubnyk’s play — a small decrease in both save percentage and overall sharpness that preceded even the Game 4 meltdown but was certainly prominent in that game.I suggested the Wild would need MVP-level Dubnyk to return if it was going to prevail in the series. Whether that was ultimately true or not, the need to revisit his play is only fair because this much is not in dispute: Dubnyk was dynamite in Games 5 and 6, certainly returning to maximum sharpness at a time Minnesota needed him most.The Wild outscored the Blues 8-2 in the two final games, so it is arguable whether even a merely good Dubnyk would have been enough. It was a full team effort (just as the Game 4 loss was). But It feels to me like he was their most important player, at least, particularly in Game 5. And the difference between Dubnyk and Blues goalie Jake Allen was striking. There is no doubt of this now: Dubnyk is a goalie the Wild can count on going forward. That doesn’t guarantee a Stanley Cup or even another series win this year, but if the last remaining questions were about his playoff moxie and ability to rebound mentally, Dubnyk has aced those tests.It’s one of those rare midseason trades that just fits perfectly for both the player and the team, and the story continues.
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History of the Vikings' pick: No. 110 overall

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 14:27
Heading into the draft, we will give the recent history at each of the Vikings’ seven draft slots. We continue this series by taking a look at the Vikings’ 110th overall selection in this year’s draft. There’s one name that stands out among the rest, but he’s a running back that’s no longer in the league. Outside of that, there hasn’t been too much talent produced from this pick Here’s the list of the last 10 players to go 110th overall: 2014: Maurice Alexander, DB, Rams 2013: Ryan Nassib, QB, Giants 2012: Ladarius Green, TE, Chargers 2011: David Arkin, OG, Cowboys 2010: Darrell Stuckey, DB, Chargers 2009: Victor Butler, LB, Cowboys 2008: Shawn Murphy, OT, Dolphins 2007: John Bowie, DB, Raiders 2006: Leon Williams, LB, Browns 2005: Brandon Jacobs, RB, Giants The good… Jacobs retired last year, but he had a solid career with the Giants. He rushed for 5,094 yards and scored 64 total touchdowns in nine seasons. The Southern Illinois product was also a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Giants in 2007 and 2011. The bad… Arkin made just one appearance in three seasons with the Cowboys. He’s currently on the Colts. The ugly… There are a lot of whiffs listed, but Dolphins cut Murphy a year after he was drafted. He only appeared in one game in his short-lived career. The Dolphins traded up to get Murphy, who is the son of seven-time MLB All-Star Dale Murphy. Having the Vikings ever picked 110th? The Vikings have only made one selection with the 110th pick. They drafted linebacker Kivuusama Mays out of North Carolina in 1998. Mays played just seasons in the NFL. He made 27 appearances with the Vikings and finished the 1999 season with the Packers. Best 110th pick in NFL history? The Raiders selected defensive end Greg Townsend in 1983, and he went on to have a successful 13-year career. He tallied 109.5 career sacks, which is the 22nd most in NFL history.
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Twins scramble lineup for Sunday's game in Seattle

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 12:43
The Twins have a shot to win the three game series and head home on a positive note. Chris Herrmann will fill in for Kurt Suzuki at catcher today.
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Wild signs draft pick Christoph Bertschy to three-year deal

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 11:57
The Swiss-born 21-year-old is a 2012 sixth-round pick.
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Wild-Blues Game 6 Live Blog

Sun, 04/26/2015 - 11:45
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Injured May leaves start early as Twins offense comes to life

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 23:51
The righthander left after getting hit by a line drive.
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Wild has a special memory within its grasp

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 22:54
Advancing would be the team’s best feat since 2003.
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Fans pack stadium, United draws 2-2 with San Antonio in home opener

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 22:51
Visiting San Antonio scored in the 90th minute for the draw.
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Yeo hopes Wild fans, players both ready for Game 6

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 22:51
But the Wild has had its share of troubles at the X.
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Forget momentum; Wild-Blues is a series of swings

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 21:18
Talk of momentum in this Wild-Blues series is cheap and has been proved erroneous
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Vikings' Patterson in need of a return to form

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 20:37
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Vikings have needs, and options, in NFL draft

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 20:37
When draft wheels start turning, Vikings then can zero in on a No. 1 pick
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After NFL draft, it's hectic looking for undrafted gems

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:52
Teams take signing college free agents fast seriously.
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MLB Insider: Swarzak finds his way after the Twins

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 19:51
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Twins-Mariners: Molitor alters lineup

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 18:59
Brian Dozier is batting leadoff in Seattle tonight, but one of the models manager Paul Molitor looked at for the lineup had Joe Mauer batting first. It seems like it's going to happen one of these days.
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Why stocking fish isn't the answer to walleye woes on Mille Lacs

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 18:42
The DNR said the lake’s issue is different from Red’s and Leech’s.
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Heeding nature's call with a one-lake study and more

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 18:37
Nature calls and a Minnesotan responds, with a study on stunted fish … and more
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St. Olaf baseball hazing 'ingrained in the culture'

Sat, 04/25/2015 - 17:14
Former players say the incident that prompted the cancellation of the season was part of tradition.
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