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NEW YORK (Nov. 4, 2013) – Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville, Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and Washington Capitals left wing Jason Chimera have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Nov. 3.
FIRST STAR – JASON POMINVILLE, RW, MINNESOTA WILD
Pominville tied for the League lead in goals (4) and points (6), scoring in all three games to help the Wild (8-4-3, 19 points) earn four out of a possible six points. Pominville recorded Minnesota’s lone goal in a 5-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks Oct. 28. He then posted a season-high three points (2-1—3), including the game-winning goal, in a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens Nov. 1. Pominville closed the week by registering 1-1—2, his third multi-point game of the season, in a 4-0 triumph over the New Jersey Devils Nov. 3. The 30-year-old native of Repentigny, Que., has scored in four consecutive games (6-2—8), his longest goal-scoring streak since Nov. 12-19, 2008 (4-2—6 in four games). He is tied for third in the NHL with 10 goals this season and also leads the Wild with 12 points, three game-winning goals and a +6 rating in 15 games.
By: Kate Butler | KFAN.com
The Wild took the ice at the X tonight to battle the New Jersey Devils in the first of a two game series. This marked first time Zach Parise, former Devils captain, has played against them since he signed as a free agent with the Wild in July 2012. Parise and the Wild were able to get it done in front of 17,571 fans, as they shut out the Devils 4-0.
The Devils came out flying the first half of the period, but couldn’t seem to do much in the way of capitalizing on scoring opportunities. The Wild drew first blood at 13:20 into the opening period, as Mikael Granlund’s wrist shot from Neiderreiter and Pominville put them up 1-0. Granlund’s first goal of the season came by being in the right place at the right time after a shuffle in front of the New Jersey net.
The second period opened with Keith Ballard still in the box serving a cross checking penalty called in the last minute of the first period. A very important second goal for the Wild came as a deflected shot from Torrey Mitchell. Mitchell’s first goal of the season came from Parise and Suter at 7:35 in the second. Minnesota outshot the Devils 9-5 in this period, but were outshot 10-8 in the first.
The final period of play opened with a power play goal from Dany Heatley at 4:19 from Ballard and Neiderreiter, giving the Wild a nice three-goal margin over the Devils. This goal was Heatley’s first of the year that was against a goaltender. Pominville kept the goal-streak alive with a wrist shot on an empty net with 2:25 left to play in regulation. Nino Neiderreiter picked up his third assist of the night on Pominville’s tenth goal of the season.
Josh Harding shut out a total of 19 shots in an expert effort in tonight’s game, his second shut out of the season. Cory Schneider was back between the pipes for the Devils after recovering from a lower body injury. Schneider managed to stop 17 of the 19 shots he faced this evening. Minnesota showed significant improvement in their penalty kill, successfully killing off a total of 4 penalties over the course of the game. The Wild were also able to capitalize on the power play, turning up 1/3 in the end of this 4-0 shut out game.
“It’s big for us, we want to finish strong and go on the road hard,” Nino Neiderreiter said of tonight’s win and what’s to come.
The Wild will take on the Calgary Flames at home on Tuesday, the puck drops at 7 p.m. Tune in with IHeartRadio.com or at KFAN 100.3 FM for all the action!