ST. PAUL -- The Columbus Blue Jackets broke a 1-1 tie in the third period with two goals to pull out a 3-1 win against the Wild at the Xcel Energy Center.
James Wisniewski lit the lamp on the power play to make it 2-1 and then Scott Hartnell got the insurance goal from Wisniewski. Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 25-of-26 shots for Columbus, which has won two in-a-row. Zach Parise had the only goal for Minnesota. It was his 17th of the season. Devan Dubnyk gave up all three goals on 23 shots. The Wild had a two-game winning streak snapped.
Tonight the Minnesota Wild will play their final game before the All-Star break by traveling to Detroit to face off against the Red Wings. It's the first of two meetings in the season series for the two clubs. The Wings have won four in a row and nine of their last dozen. They've also won four straight at Joe Louis Arena. Puck drop tonight from the Joe is at 6:30 p.m.
The Big Ten Conference office announced yesterday that University of Minnesota forward Vinni Lettieri has been suspended one game for leaving the bench during an altercation at the end of Saturday's win over Wisconsin. Lettieri is ineligble for Friday's game against Minnesota State in the North Star Cup Challenge.
Yesterday the NBA named Minnesota Timberwolves guard Mo Williams as its NBA Western Conference Player of the Week for the week of Jan.12-18. This is the first such award for Williams in his 13 years in the NBA. For the week, Williams averaged 30.3 points (third in the NBA) and 6.3 assists (sixth in the Western Conference) in three games (all starts). He shot 50.7% from the field, 40.0% from three-point range and 84.6% from the free-throw line. Williams began the week by scoring a franchise-high 52 points and leading the Wolves to a 110-101 win at Indiana. In the follow-up game, a 110-99 loss at Phoenix, Williams poured in 26 points, his seventh 20+ game of the season. Signed by the Wolves as a free agent this past summer, Williams is averaging 12.9 points and 6.5 assists in 31 games (13 starts) this season.
The University of Minnesota men's basketball team is at Nebraska tonight for Big Ten basketball action. Minnesota is 1-5 in the Big-10 with a 12-7 overall record. The Cornhuskers are 10-7 overall and 2-3 in the conference. Minnesota knocked off Rutgers 89-80 on Saturday. Nebraska has not played since a loss last Thursday at Wisconsin. Tonight's game tips off at 7:30 p.m.
University of Minnesota senior forward Shae Kelley was named Big 10 Women's Basketball Player of the Week after helping her team secure wins over Ohio State and Indiana. Kelley averaged 24.0 points, 15.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocked shots in the two wins Against the Buckeyes she scored a career-high 29 points. This is the second Player of the Week award of her career.
The Minnesota Twins continue their 55th annual Winter Caravan across the Upper Midwest, kicking off Week Two today. The 2015 Twins Winter Caravan will hit more than 40 communities in four states through the end of the week. The Caravan features teams of current and former players, team executives and broadcasters, who visit towns, schools, service clubs, and more. Here is remaining tentative schedule of events for the Twins Winter Caravan (celebrity guests subject to change):
Monday, January 19th - Montevideo, Marshall, Sioux Falls (SD) (players Brian Dozier and Brian Dozier, former player Jack Morris broadcaster Dick Bremer)
Monday, January 19th - Little Falls, Alexandria (players Trevor Plouffe and Jordan Schafer, former players Bert Blyleven and Tony Oliva, broadcaster Cory Provus)
Tuesday, January 20th - Worthington, Windom, Sleepy Eye, Mankato (Ryan, Dozier, Duensing, Morris, Bremer)
Tuesday, January 20th - Wadena, Staples, St. Cloud (Plouffe, Schafer, Blyleven, Oliva, Provus)
Wednesday, January 21st - Faribault, Owatonna, Chatfield, Rochester (Dozier, Duensing, Morris, Bremer)
Wednesday, January 21st - Morris, Wahpeton (ND), Fergus Falls (Plouffe, Schafer, Blyleven, Oliva, Provus)
Thursday, January 22nd - Ortonville, Benson, Willmar (Plouffe, Schafer, Blyleven, Oliva, Provus)