UND in NHL: Rhett Gardner called up by Dallas Stars; T.J. Oshie scores goal from knees

UND forward Rhett Gardner shows off his NCHC defensive forward of the year award. Photo by Russ Hons/UND athletics

Former UND center and alternate captain Rhett Gardner didn't have to wait long for his first NHL call up.

The Dallas Stars gave Gardner the call on Friday.

Gardner, who completed his four-year UND career in March, is looking to become the 102nd former UND player to play in an NHL game. Dallas plays at St. Louis tonight.

Gardner played 11 games at the end of last season with the Texas Stars, the top minor-league affiliate of the Dallas Stars. He had four goals and five points in those 11 games.

Oshie scores GWG from knees

T.J. Oshie got the upper hand in the battle of former Warroad High School and UND stars Friday.


Oshie, who plays for the Washington Capitals, scored the game-winning goal with fellow Warroad grad Brock Nelson of the New York Islanders in the penalty box in the second period.

Oshie's first goal of the season was a pretty one, too.

Oshie chopped at a loose puck from his knees and put a backhand over the top of Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov to give the Capitals a 2-1 lead. That's how the game ended.

Parise gets new linemates

Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau hinted that he might break up his top line after just one game and he did exactly that.

On Friday, former UND star Zach Parise was moved to an all-college line alongside Wisconsin's Luke Kunin and Boston University's Jordan Greenway.

The Wild take on Colorado at 8 p.m. tonight.


Rannells works first NHL game

Former UND equipment manager Andy Rannells worked his first NHL game Friday.

Rannells, who was at UND from 2010-14, is now the equipment manager for the Philadelphia Flyers, who beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Rannells worked for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Philadelphia's American Hockey League affiliate, for the last five seasons.

Poolman's Jets pull off wild comeback

The Winnipeg Jets got down 4-0 against the New Jersey Devils on Friday, but managed to pull off a wild rally and win the game 5-4 in a shootout.


The Jets scored in the final seconds of the middle period, tacked on three more in the third and won the game in a shootout.

Poolman played 10:56 in the game and was a minus-1.

Saturday, Oct. 5 games

New Jersey Devils (Travis Zajac) at Buffalo Sabres, 6 p.m.

Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs (Dave Hakstol), 6 p.m., NHL Network

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals (T.J. Oshie), 6 p.m.

Dallas Stars (Rhett Gardner) at St. Louis Blues, 7 p.m.

Detroit Red Wings at Nashville Predators (Rocco Grimaldi), 7 p.m.

Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes (Nick Schmaltz), 8 p.m.


Minnesota Wild (Zach Parise) at Colorado Avalanche (Tyson Jost), 8 p.m., Fox Sports North

San Jose Sharks (Aaron Dell) at Anaheim Ducks (Carter Rowney), 9 p.m.

Vancouver Canucks (Brock Boeser, Troy Stecher) at Calgary Flames, 9 p.m.

Los Angeles Kings at Edmonton Oilers (Dave Tippett), 9 p.m.

New York Rangers at Ottawa Senators, 6 p.m.

Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers, 6 p.m.

Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins, 6 p.m.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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