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Jason Pominville scored the winning goal in his return to Buffalo as the Minnesota Wild beat the winless Sabres 2-1 on Monday night.
Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota (3-1-2). Josh Harding made 21 saves.
Buffalo (0-6-1) tied a franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season. The Sabres were 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.
Pominville, a former Sabres captain, played his first game in Buffalo since he was traded to Minnesota last April for center Johan Larsson, Rochester goalie Matt Hackett, a first-round pick that was used on defenseman Nikita Zadorov and a second-round selection.
Brian Flynn lifted Buffalo into a 1-1 tie with 4:56 left in the second period, scoring his first goal of the season off an assist from Zemgus Girgensons.
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Jason Pominvilleâs Return to Buffalo
The story of Jason Pominvilleâs return to Buffalo is a triumphant tale in which the former Sabres captain sporting a fresh 5yr/$28Mil contract extension also swooped in to net the game winner. The winless Sabres battled to make the Wild their first victim fighting out of a one goal deficit to tie the game. The second period was especially...
There was a 16-minute delay to start the second period Monday night as arena workers at First Niagara Center scurried about trying to figure out a way to turn the lights on again.
It was perfect symbolism for the Buffalo Sabres’ power outage to start this season.
The Sabres were winless had scored six goals … and it scared the heck out of Mike Yeo. It’s why the Wild coach...
Almost daily Jason Pominville will get recognized around the Twin Cities. He’s always flattered although inevitably the Wild winger knows where the conversation will usually end up.
It takes mere minutes for hockey-mad Wild and Gophers fans to ask Pominville if his former Buffalo Sabres teammate Thomas Vanek will soon be reuniting with him in Minnesota.
“It’s funny” said...
It was a chilly winter day in Buffalo. I was in the driver’s seat of my dad’s 2002 red Dodge pickup truck as it rumbled down Newhouse Road in Clarence Center. My sister was riding shotgun. We were on our way to a classy Italian restaurant called Faletta’s and were as excited as we could be.
She had gotten a call the week before telling her she won a drawing to have dinner...
Many of the Wild's training camp battles for positions drew extra attention because of their magnitude.
There was Charlie Coyle vs. Mikael Granlund for the second-line center spot. And Nino Niederreiter vs. Jason Zucker for a spot on the wing.
But behind those highly touted young players was nine-year veteran Zenon Konopka.
The message to him in camp was clear: Your spot as...
Afternoon from the Mothership -- Air Canada Centre in the Center of the Hockey Universe Toronto.
The Wild held a very optional skate this morning which included coach Mike Yeo so you'll have to wait until after 5 p.m. ET for confirmation of the lineup. That's when we're meeting with Yeo.
BUT my guess is Darcy Kuemper makes his fourth career start for all the reasons...
Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard fell victim to one of the occupational hazards of being a professional hockey player during today’s game against the Buffalo Sabres. A speeding puck deflected off of a Sabres player’s skate and ricocheted straight up and into Ballard’s face. It’s one of those freak accidents that would send most people straight to the Worker’s Comp...
The Toronto Maple Leafs aren't showing signs of slowing down, but they could find things a bit more difficult against the defensive-minded Minnesota Wild.
Red-hot Joffrey Lupul hopes to extend his outstanding stretch and help Toronto continue its best start in 20 years Tuesday night against the visiting Minnesota Wild.
Although they faced four different one-goal deficits, the...
Buffalo got Superdomed on Monday night. During the first intermission of the Sabres’ home game against the Wild, a portion of the arena lights at the First Niagara Center shut off, delaying the start of the second period by more than 15 minutes. The lights did eventually come back on, but the night remained dark for the home team. Former Sabres captain Jason Pominville, now in...
Minnesota Wild (3-1-2) 8pts 3rd in the Central
2.67 Goals per Game (16th)
2.00 Goals Against per Game (6th)
30.8% Power Play (5th)
72.7% Penalty Kill (24th)
Top 5 Goals:
1. #24 Matt Cooke ~ 3G 3A = 6pts
2. #25 Jonas Brodin ~ 2G 3A = 5pts
3. #11 Zach Parise ~ 4G 0A = 4pts
4. #46 Jared Spurgeon ~ 1G 3A = 4pts
5. #9 Mikko Koivu ~ 0G 4A = 4pts
It won't surprise me at all if I learn tomorrow at the game day skate that Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek had dinner together in Buffalo on Sunday night.
The Vaneks and Pominvilles are as close as two young families can be.
The best friends have likely had October 13th circled on their personal calendars since the NHL league office released the season schedule in August...
For a long time the Toronto Maple Leafs were a bit of a punchline for their futility as well as the large number of pugilists they seemed to have in their lineup. After qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in 7 years the Leafs were no longer the butt of all hockey related jokes in Canada. Although one of the biggest chokes in professional sports in the last 25 years...
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Minnesota 2, Buffalo 1 – Jason Pominville returns to Buffalo and rips their hearts out. Good on him.
I was walking into the Minnesota Wild room to speak with Jason Pominville on Tuesday night. The former Sabers captain had just scored the dramatic game-winning goal on his first trip back to the building that he had played in for the past nine years. Two steps into the doorway, I was met head-on by a couple of Minnesota Wild players. No worries, I thought. Matt Cooke was leading a convoy of...
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
The Sabres matched the franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season, sustaining a 2-1 loss in First Niagara Center. Former captain Jason Pominville scored the game-winning goal to drop his old friends to 0-6-1....
The Sabres can’t expect to beat anyone, even teams giving a half-hearted effort, if they don’t score....