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ST. PAUL -- Nico Hischier scored with 1:41 left in overtime Friday night, Feb. 15, to cap a big comeback by the New Jersey Devils, who scored the final four goals to stun the host Minnesota Wild 5-4. The Devils, who trailed 4-1 with fewer than two minutes left in the second period, salvaged the finale of a three-game Western Conference road trip by winning for just the second time in the last seven games (2-4-1).
ST. PAUL -- James van Riemsdyk scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a power play with 4:29 left in the third period, and the Philadelphia Flyers rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night, Feb. 12. Van Riemsdyk, who had a hat trick during a 7-4 win over Minnesota last month, helped the Flyers bounce back after their 9-0-1 run ended with a 4-1 home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday.
NEW YORK -- Devon Toews scored the decisive goal early in the second period Sunday afternoon, Feb. 10, and the New York Islanders continued their remarkable performance in the second game of back-to-back sets by edging the visiting Minnesota Wild, 2-1. Anthony Beauvillier scored in the first period for the Islanders, who have won three straight and are now 9-0-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets this year. New York, which has outscored the opposition 33-9 in those second games, beat the Colorado Avalanche, 4-3, in overtime on Saturday.
ST. PAUL -- Cam Talbot made 35 saves as the Edmonton Oilers snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory against the host Minnesota Wild on Thursday night, Feb. 7. Darnell Nurse, Ty Rattie, Leon Draisaitl and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers, whose skid matched their season-worst. Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had two assists. The Oilers finally clamped down defensively after surrendering three or more goals in each game during their losing streak.
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- Adam Long sunk a 14-foot birdie putt at No. 18 to clip Phil Mickelson and Canada's Adam Hadwin on the final hole Sunday, Jan. 20, at the Desert Classic in La Quinta, claiming his first title in his sixth career start on the PGA Tour.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Senior Dupree McBrayer hit the game-winning free throw with 2.7 seconds left Saturday, Jan. 19, in Minneapolis to give Minnesota a 65-64 win over Penn State and leave the Nittany Lions as the only winless team in the Big 10. Penn State (7-12, 0-8 Big Ten) had a chance to win by inbound the ball on Minnesota's side of the court with 2.3 seconds left, but a jumper from the wing by junior Lamar Stevens bounced off the heel of the rim as time expired. Senior Jordan Murphy had 19 points and 21 rebounds to lead the Golden Gophers.
The bright side of a lackluster divisional round is a star-studded conference championship weekend, bringing us rematches of two of the regular season's best games. The New England Patriots take on the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, at 5:40 p.m. in Kansas City, Mo. The New Orleans Saints host the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship game at 2:05 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ayo Dosunmu scored 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting, and Illinois cruised to a 95-68 win over Minnesota on Wednesday night, Jan. 16. Illinois (5-12, 1-5 Big Ten) snapped a five-game losing streak and celebrated a victory for the first time since Dec. 15 against East Tennessee State. The Fighting Illini posted their first Big Ten win since Feb. 25 at Rutgers. Daniel Oturu led the Golden Gophers with 17 points and eight rebounds in a losing effort. Minnesota (13-4, 3-3) has dropped two of its past three games after opening the season with a 12-2 record.
HONOLULU -- Matt Kuchar overcame a slow start Sunday, Jan. 13, to rally for his second victory of the PGA Tour season at the Sony Open in Honolulu. Kuchar, 40, held a two-shot lead entering the final round at Waialae Country Club, but saw that evaporate with three birdies over his first five holes against a lone birdie. Andrew Putnam grabbed a share of the lead when Kuchar bogeyed Nos. 4 and 5.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 27 points and 27 rebounds as the host Minnesota Timberwolves held off the New Orleans Pelicans 110-106 on Saturday night, Jan. 12. The Timberwolves bounced back from their first loss under interim head coach Ryan Saunders a night earlier to improve to 2-1 since he replaced the fired Tom Thibodeau on Jan. 6. Andrew Wiggins added 18 points, Josh Okogie scored 17, Dario Saric and Tyus Jones had 14 each and Taj Gibson 10.