Minnesota Wild defeat Washington Capitals, 2-1

Todd Richards was asked Thursday morning what his Wild players could possibly do to stop Alex Ovechkin, Inc.

"Hopefully they get their sleep this afternoon, and hopefully say a couple prayers," the Wild coach cracked.

Good thing the hockey gods listen.

Actually, the Wild deserves more credit than that. Thanks to a tremendous group effort, Ovechkin was more visible in the November issue of GQ than at Xcel Energy Center on Thursday night. The Wild shut down the two-...

There was a palpable tension surrounding the Wild on Thursday morning following comments made by Martin Havlat's agent that his client has been underutilized by coach Todd Richards.

"I can't believe this is the first thing we're talking about," Richards said eight hours before a 2-1 victory. "I've got no comment on what's going on. [Havlat] can handle it the way he wants. ... And that's the last I'm going to say about it."

As part of an e-mail to the Star Tribune on ...