Tonawanda News


January 3, 2014

Wild stop skid with win over Sabres


Tonawanda News — Ten different Wild players had points, including two assists each for Ryan Suter and Mikko Koivu, after coach Mike Yeo shook up his lineup yet again.

“We’re throwing a lot of stuff at the wall, and we need something to stick,” he said at practice the day before.

Even Kyle Brodziak scored, for the first time in 31 games since Oct. 26. He was awarded the goal with 26 seconds left when he was tripped just past the blue line with an empty net in front of him.

Yeo’s job has been put in jeopardy by the skid that began around Thanksgiving and kept up all the way through New Year’s Eve. The Wild improved to 6-12-1 in their last 19 games with their first regulation win in 11 games since Dec. 8.

The Sabres already fired their coach, replacing Ron Rolston with Ted Nolan on Nov. 13. The results haven’t been much better, though.

They fell to 0-9-2 in their last 11 road games and have only one regulation win away from Buffalo all season.

NOTES: The Sabres lost in Minnesota for the first time in four games since Dec. 13, 2003. They’re 5-2 at Xcel Energy Center since it opened. ... Wild D Keith Ballard was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. ... Sabres RW Drew Stafford left the game with an upper-body injury. LW Ville Leino was scratched because of a lower-body injury.

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