Buffalo, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Jason Pominville scored in his return to
Buffalo as the Minnesota Wild posted a 2-1 victory over the winless Sabres.
Back on the familiar ice at First Niagara Center, the former Sabres captain
broke a 1-1 tie with a power-play goal late in the second period. Pominville
played parts of nine seasons with Buffalo to begin his career before being
traded to the Wild last April.
Kyle Brodziak supplied the other Minnesota goal, and Josh Harding stopped 22-
of-23 shots in the Wild's third consecutive win following an 0-1-2 start to
Jhonas Enroth made 18 saves for the Sabres, who fell to an unsightly 0-6-1.
A Minnesota turnover in the neutral zone led to a counter rush and game-tying
goal for Buffalo. Brian Flynn took a feed from rookie Zemgus Girgensons and
lifted his own rebound over Harding with 4:56 remaining in the second period.
Pominville, however, put the Wild back ahead just before the intermission. As
a power play was winding down, Pominville capped off a deft passing sequence
by firing the puck in off Enroth's left shoulder with 9.7 seconds left.
Brodziak, off a feed from Matt Cooke, staked the Wild to a 1-0 lead 5:23 into
the first period. Buffalo was going to be assessed a penalty, but Brodziak
fired a shot along the ice and through Enroth before the Sabres were able to
gain possession of the puck for the whistle to be blown.
Cooke now has five points, including three assists, in his last three games
... The Sabres have been outscored 9-1 in the first period this season ...
Buffalo defenseman Henrik Tallinder returned to the lineup after missing four
games with an upper-body injury ... Sabres forward Kevin Porter played in his
200th career NHL game ... The Wild began a four-game road trip ... There was a
delay before the start of the second period due to a problem with the lights.
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