Wild storms back to beat Islanders; Ballard hospitalized


The Minnesota Wild roared back from a three-goal deficit to beat the New York Islanders, 5-4 Tuesday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The fuel to Minnesota's fire was an a hard check by Islanders left wing Matt Martin that sent Wild defenseman Keith Ballard to the hospital, according to ESPN. SportsNet has video of the nasty hit.

"Ballard passed the puck at mid-ice midway through the second period and tried to turn away as Martin charged toward him with a straight-ahead angle and his forearm raised for contact. Ballard was pinned awkwardly against the glass partition separating the benches above the wall, and then Ballard's head bounced hard on the ice as he fell."

The hit left Ballard writhing in pain. He eventually was escorted to the locker room and then the hospital. Martin was not penalized for the hit.

New York held a 3-0 lead at the time of Ballard's injury midway through the second period. But a slashing penalty moments later against former Gopher star Kyle Okposo put the Wild on the power play, and they quickly answered with a goal deflected into the back of the net by Jason Pominville.

The Islanders scored again and took a 4-1 lead into the final period; and that's when the Wild took over.

Mikko Koivu, Erik Haula, Thomas Vanek and Nino Niederreiter scored third-period goals as Minnesota held on for the win.

Next Up

Zach Parise

Ghosts of Wild's past force split with Sharks

Brent Burns and Ryan Donato thwarted a comeback attempt by the Wild.

Avante Dickerson

Top-ranked recruit Avante Dickerson decommits from Gopher football

The four-star cornerback was the highest-rated recruit in Minnesota's 2021 class.

u.s. district court minnesota - federal court minneapolis

Limits on in-person court activity extended for 45 days

The statewide order extends current limitations through March 15.

D'Angelo Russell / Minnesota Timberwolves

The Timberwolves need more from D'Angelo Russell

The Wolves haven't gotten what they expected since making a blockbuster trade.

oct. 20 snow crash

Spinouts, crashes still happening after snow leaves MN roads a mess

The snow storm caused at least 208 crashes this weekend.


For The Week: Food tips and tricks to get you through the next 7 days

BMTN's food writer Lindsay Guentzel makes life easier for Minnesotans.

snow, plow

Here's how much snow fell in Saturday's storm in Minnesota

MSP Airport had the highest total as of 7 a.m. Sunday with 5.3 inches.

Screen Shot 2021-01-18 at 3.17.49 PM

No KAT? No D'Lo? No problem as Timberwolves defeat Pelicans

The Timberwolves were without Karl-Anthony Towns and D'Angelo Russell, but still picked up a (SCORE) win.

Screen Shot 2021-01-23 at 7.53.44 PM

Spinouts, crashes across Twin Cities as snow gets heavier

There have been multiple incidents across the metro area.

Mason Branstrator

Family, friends raising funds for teen soccer standout with spinal injury

Mason Branstrator of Duluth was injured in a skiing accident.