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NHL: Wild pull out shutout against Canadiens



MONTREAL (AP) — Jason Zucker scored three goals in the third period and Devan Dubnyk made 41 saves for a shutout as the Minnesota Wild beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 to end their three-game losing streak Thursday night.

It was the second multi-goal game in two nights for Zucker, who scored twice in a 4-2 loss at Toronto on Wednesday.

Montreal goalie Charlie Lindgren, who had won two starts in a row and was unbeaten in five career NHL games, made 32 saves. Dubnyk, now 7-1-1 against Montreal, posted his first shutout this season and the 25th of his career.

The Canadiens had two goals wiped out after video review.

Tyler Ennis hit a post behind Lindgren on a breakaway and, when the puck went down to the other end, Karl Alzner tipped Alex Galchenyuk’s pass out of the air and into the Minnesota net 6:21 into the game.

But it was waved off by the officials and called no goal after video review even though Alzner’s stick appeared to be quite clearly below the height of the crossbar.

Officials ruled goaltender interference when Charles Hudon scored from the crease with five minutes left in the third period.

The deadlock was broken 2:46 into the third with the Wild down a man when Zucker scooped up a loose puck in the neutral zone and went in alone to score on a deke to his backhand.

Zucker was positioned in front of the net to deflect Nino Niederreiter’s shot past Lindgren at 11:23. Zucker completed the hat trick with 35 seconds remaining.

It was the Wild’s second win in their last six games, both against Montreal. They beat the Canadiens 6-3 at home last week. Montreal has lost only twice in its last seven games, both times to Minnesota.

The Canadiens got bad news just before the game that top defenseman Shea Weber (lower body) and center Jonathan Drouin (hand) would not dress. With goalie Carey Price already out due to a lower-body injury, the Canadiens were without arguably their three best players.

Minnesota played without forwards Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle.

Claude Julien, in his second stint with Montreal, coached his 200th game for the team. He has coached 1,038 NHL games in all.



FOOTBALL: WIAA state semifinals—Division 7: Bangor vs. Abbotsford at Chippewa Falls, 7 p.m. MSHSL state quarterfinals—Class AA: Caledonia vs. Minneapolis North at Burnsville, 7 p.m.


MEN’S BASKETBALL: Exhibition—UW-La Crosse at UW-Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL: NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament—Second round, UW-La Crosse vs. NW-St. Paul at St. Paul, 7 p.m.


NAHL: Austin Bruins at Coulee Region, 7 p.m.


AUTO RACING: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series—Lucas Oil 150, final practice, FS2, 10 a.m.; qualifying, FS1, 4:30 p.m.; race, FS1, 7:30 p.m.; Xfinity Series, Ticket Galaxy 200, practice, NBCSN, 1:30 p.m.; Monster Energy Cup Series—Can-Am 500, practice, NBCSN, noon; qualifying, NBCSN, 5:30 p.m.; Formula One, Grand Prix of Brazil, practice, NBCSN, 10 a.m.

BOXING: Fight night at Cleveland, Showtime, 9 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Cent. Arkansas at Baylor, FSN, noon; West Virginia vs. Texas A&M, ESPN, 5 p.m.; Memphis vs. Alabama, CBSSN, 5:30 p.m.; Farleigh Dickinson at Seton Hall, FS2, 5:30 p.m.; N. Iowa at North Carolina, ESPNU, 6 p.m.; Morehead St. at Xavier, FSN, 6 p.m.; Houston Baptist at Providence, FSN, 6 p.m.; Utah Valley at Kentucky, SEC, 6 p.m.; North Florida at Michigan St., BTN, 7 p.m.; Columbia at Villanova, FS2, 7:30 p.m.; Pittsburgh at Navy, CBSSN, 8 p.m.; Tennessee St. at Kansas, ESPNU, 8 p.m.; Mount St. Mary’s at Marquette, FSN, 8 p.m.; Yale at Creighton, FSN2, 8 p.m.; Iowa St. at Missouri, SEC, 8 p.m.; Georgia Tech vs. UCLA, ESPN, 10:30 p.m.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Temple at Cincinnati, ESPN2, 6 p.m.; Dartmouth at Brown, NBCSN, 7 p.m.; BYU at UNLV, ESPN2, 9:30 p.m.; Washington at Stanford, FS1, 9:30 p.m.

DRAG RACING: NHRA, Auto Club Finals, qualifying, Fs1, 5:30 p.m.

GOLF: PGA Tour, OHL Classic, second round, GOLF, noon; Champions Tour, Charles Schwab Cup, first round, GOLF, 3 p.m.; LPGA Tour, Blue Bay LPGA, final round, GOLF, 10 p.m.

NBA: Milwaukee at San Antonio, ESPN, 8 p.m.

SOCCER: FIFA, 2018 World Cup qualifying, Sweden vs. Italy, FS1, 1:30 p.m.; International friendly, England vs. Germany, FS2, 1:55 p.m.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Stanford at Ohio St., BTN, 5 p.m.


NBA: Milwaukee Bucks at San Antonio Spurs, WKTY 96.7 FM 580 AM, 7:40 p.m.




Magicians end Coulee Region’s three-game winning streak

It took three periods, overtime, then a shootout before the Minnesota Magicians found a way to end the Coulee Region Chill’s winning streak Thursday night. Matthew Stanton, the first player in the three-player shootout, scored the only goal to give Minnesota 3-2 win over the Chill at Green Island Ice Arena.

The loss snapped the Chill (4-8-1-1) win streak at three games, and pushed the Magicians’ record to 10-5-1-1.

Coulee Region, which had won four of its last six games entering Thursday night’s contest, tied the game at 2 on a Tomas Vochozka goal at the 12:09 mark of the third period, and goalie Emil Zetterquist kept it that way.

Zetterquist stopped 34 of 36 shots through three periods and overtime, then stopped two of three shots in the shootout. Magicians’ goalie George McBey, who stopped 39 of 41 shots, blanked the Chill in overtime, then thwarted shootout attempts by Jackson Decker, Vochozka and Nick Bowman to preserve the win.

The Chill took a 1-0 first-period lead on Kevin Bryant’s first goal of the season, only to have the Magicians score two second-period goals. That’s the way it stayed until Vochozka tied in the third.


Western men drop opener

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Tech built a 20-point halftime lead, then cruised past the Western Technical College men’s basketball team 102-69 late Wednesday night. Shawn Gerron (13 points), Henry Berry (12), Justin Kidd (12) and Kardar Farah (11) led a balanced Cavaliers’ attack. Berry also pulled down the six rebounds.

Western (0-1) shot 36 percent (24 of 66) from the field, but just 2 of 24 from 3-point range.


Elliott loses appeal, ineligible for Sunday

NEW YORK — Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s half-season run from his six-game suspension ended Thursday when a federal appeals court refused to let him play while it considers his appeal.

Elliott sat directly in front of a three-judge panel that considered a request from the NFL Players Association that he be allowed to play. But the court issued an order in less than an hour disqualifying him from Sunday’s game at Atlanta. It appears he’ll miss all of November’s games since the court set a Dec. 1 hearing for oral arguments on the merits of the union’s appeal.

The suspension was ordered in August as discipline after the league investigated allegations he used force against his girlfriend in the summer of 2016. Elliott vehemently denied the allegations as recently as last week, saying he was not an abuser.

A federal appeals court last month tossed out his court challenge in Texas, but the league’s request for a New York court to affirm that it had acted properly led a Manhattan judge to rule last month that Elliott must begin his suspension. After the union appealed, the lower-court decision was temporarily stayed, allowing Elliott to play last Sunday.

PATS PICK UP BENNETT: The New England Patriots claimed tight end Martellus Bennett off waivers on Thursday, a day after he was cut by the Green Bay Packers for “failing to disclose a physical condition.”

He didn’t play in the Packers’ 30-17 loss on Monday to the Detroit Lions after being listed as doubtful for the game.

The 30-year-old then sat out practice Wednesday and was listed as having a shoulder injury as Green Bay began preparations for its game Sunday at Chicago.

Now, if he passes a physical, he will be reunited with the team he won a Super Bowl with last season.


Kidd fined for criticism of officiating

NEW YORK — Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd was fined $15,000 by the NBA on Thursday for public criticism of the officiating in a loss at Cleveland.

Kidd made the comments after the 124-119 loss Tuesday night. Milwaukee was called for 31 personal fouls to 18 for Cleveland, and the Cavs attempted 38 free throws. Kidd pointed out that over the past three games, opponents have tried 95 free throws to 40 for Milwaukee.

“I just got fined,” Kidd said Tuesday night. “That’s one way. The other way is by expressing to the officials and I did that the whole night. The different crews that we’ve had have been awful.”

ALL-STAR GAME 2020: A person familiar with the situation says the NBA will hold the 2020 All-Star game in Chicago.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement has not been made. Yahoo! Sports first reported the news.

Commissioner Adam Silver, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and team officials are scheduled to make the announcement in Chicago on Friday afternoon.

It will be the first time All-Star festivities are held in the city since 1988, when Michael Jordan dazzled the hometown crowd. “His Airness” took off from the foul line to beat out Dominique Wilkins in an epic slam dunk contest and was MVP in the All-Star game, scoring 40 to lead the East to a 138-133 victory over the West at Chicago Stadium.


Eric Miller