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EDMONTON, Alberta — Let’s just say Wild coach Bruce Boudreau doesn’t have the best poker face. Whether it’s his face turning beet red during a game, or him scoffing at a question in a press conference, simply put, if something is bothering the coach, it’s not hard to tell. As of late, the thing that seems to be bothering him the most is his team’s putrid power play, which ranked No. 26 in the NHL entering Tuesday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
LAKE MILLE LACS, Minn. -- The number of walleyes over 14 inches long have nearly tripled in Minnesota's Lake Mille Lacs over the past five years, the state's Department of Natural Resources revealed Tuesday, Oct. 30, an improvement that will again allow ice anglers to keep one fish daily this winter. The one-walleye limit starts Dec.1, the third winter where some walleye can be kept after a series of summers that have been catch-and-release only for all walleyes.
ST. PAUL -- On Halloween night, some brave trick-or-treaters will cautiously walk a long path leading to dark house in St. Paul. As they climb the stone steps to the front door, spotlights will suddenly flood the entryway and illuminate a large cage. Behind the bars of the cage, a massive gorilla will be pounding its chest and grunting. “Did you bring a canned good for the food shelf?” the gorilla will ask.
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., -- Tom Brady threw for 324 yards as the New England Patriots beat the Buffalo Bills 25-6 on Monday night in Orchard Park, N.Y., for their fifth consecutive win. Having averaged 39.3 points over their previous four games, the Patriots (6-2) didn't reach the end zone until James White's 1-yard touchdown plunge with just under 10 minutes remaining. Devin McCourty returned an interception 84 yards for New England's other touchdown, and Stephen Gostkowski made four field goals.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Jimmy Butler made five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 32 points to lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 124-120 win against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday in Minneapolis. Karl-Anthony Towns had 25 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, and rookie guard Josh Okogie scored a season-high 17 points for Minnesota.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Quarterback Tanner Morgan, the co-Big Ten freshman of the week, will make his second start when the Gophers face Illinois in Champaign at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. “I look at it as a healthy quarterback competition,” coach P.J. Fleck said Monday. “We still have two freshmen and one’s not healthy and has to be able to play, and the other comes in and plays extremely well.”
EAGAN, Minn. -- At the midpoint of the season, the Vikings already know they can’t match last season’s 13-3 record. So is coach Mike Zimmer displeased? Nope. The Vikings’ 30-20 loss Sunday night to New Orleans left them 4-3-1. So the best they can finish is 12-3-1. “I’m not disappointed,” Zimmer said Monday of his team’s midseason record. “It is what it is. We’ve got eight more games to go, and that will always determine what we end up doing.”
WORTHINGTON, Minn.— In a little more than a month, the city of Worthington will be turning on the tap to accept over 1.9 million gallons of water per day from the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System. The Lewis & Clark water, which comes from an aquifer adjacent to the Missouri River in South Dakota and now feeds into 20 cities and rural water systems in that state, northwest Iowa and southwest Minnesota, will be blended 50-50 with the water from Worthington’s nine wells.
DULUTH -- If anyone has any sympathy for what Notre Dame has gone through in the past six months since losing the national championship game at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, it’s the team that beat them 2-1 back in April — Minnesota Duluth. After all, the Bulldogs were in the Fighting Irish’s skates a year ago as the national runners-up after losing to Denver in the 2017 NCAA title game. They played the Pioneers five times and lost every one. So, do the Bulldogs have a speck of sympathy for the Irish?
ST. PAUL -- Devan Dubnyk made 23 saves for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-1 win against the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday, Oct. 25, in St. Paul.. Eric Fehr had a goal and an assist and Jonas Brodin, Mikael Granlund and Mikko Koivu also scored to help the Wild to their fourth straight win. Wild defenseman Ryan Suter had an assist in his 1,000th NHL game. Dubnyk also assisted on Brodin's goal, the seventh assist of his 10-year NHL career.