Ottawa Senators defeat Minnesota Wild, 4-1

Before Saturday's game at Ottawa, the Wild was 10-2-1 in its past 13 -- the hottest team in the West.

And it gained four points in the standings.

Four points!

"If you're following the standings, it gets frustrating after awhile," coach Todd Richards said.

There are two big reasons that it's so hard to climb: the number of three-point games and the West's domination of the East in head-to-head meetings.

This year, there have been 138 three-point games, or 138 "l...

MONTREAL - The Minnesota Wild has been the hottest team in the National Hockey League's Western Conference since mid-November, but it was taken to a new extreme Friday.

Much of the Wild's hockey equipment was destroyed Friday afternoon when the back of the Ottawa Senators' visiting team equipment truck caught fire in Kanata, Ontario.

The fire was discovered about 2:30 p.m. Eastern time when equipment trainers backed the truck into the parking lot at Scotiabank Place,...

OTTAWA — Things were going so well for the Wild, the Hockey Gods must have decided to keep the team honest.

If it wasn't hard enough for more than a dozen players to don completely new, pieced-together or dusted-off equipment because of Friday's truck fire, the Wild skated one player short Saturday night because the flu that's been circulating the team for three weeks struck three more players.

It wreaked havoc on the Wild's already-depleted forward lines, and the le...