Wild reinvigorated by new blood

November 30, 2009

What a week for the Wild's newcomers.

Andrew Ebbett, claimed off waivers Nov. 21, scored a goal Wednesday. Saturday night, in only his second game in a Wild sweater after being acquired in a trade from Montreal, Guillaume Latendresse was just as advertised. He crashed the net and scored the tying goal in the third period to catapult the Wild to a 3-2, come-from-behind shootout victory over the Avalanche and a home-and-home sweep.

"Two huge wins versus our rivals in two days," said Latendresse, quickly picking up which division foes he's not supposed to like.

Ebbett helped secure the win by scoring on his first career shootout attempt.

"I'm just happy," he said. "They showed a lot of faith putting me in the shootout my third game here."

•Penguins left winger Matt Cooke was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Sunday for a deliberate check to the head area of Rangers center Artem Anisimov on Saturday night.

Cooke, also suspended for two games in January, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Because of that, he forfeited $29,268 in salary. Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for interference at 7:39 of the third period. Anisimov was injured on the play and did not return to the game.

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