Jason Pominville haunted his former team during a big second period for the Wild on Thursday, helping lift Minnesota to a 4-1 win over the Sabres. Buffalo managed only 20 shots on net in its second straight loss.
After a scoreless first, the Wild grabbed a 1-0 lead on a goal courtesy of defenseman Marco Scandella. Joining the rush, Scandella took a feed from Matt Cooke and walked in on Miller, snapping a shot that wound up in the Buffalo net. Pominville made it 2-0 just 1:46 later, ripping the puck past Miller for his 18th of the season and second against his former team. Jason Zucker gave the Wild a three-goal lead later in the period with his first of the year.
Matt Ellis cut the Minnesota lead to two late in regulation, but Kyle Brodziak was awarded a goal after being hauled down to the ice during an empty net chance. The Sabres, who haven't won on the road since November 5 at San Jose, return home to face the New Jersey Devils on Saturday for a 7 p.m. faceoff. Hear the call on WGR 550.
6:20 - MIN - Ryan Suter (2 min., cross checking)
9:47 - MIN - Marco Scandella (2 min., tripping)
16:30 - BUF - Mark Pysyk (2 min., hooking)
20:00 - MIN - Nate Prosser (2 min., roughing)
20:00 - BUF - Matt Moulson (2 min., roughing)
4:33 - MIN - Marco Scandella (2) (Matt Cooke, Justin Fontaine)
6:19 - MIN - Jason Pominville (18) (Mikko Koivu, Ryan Suter)
16:09 - MIN - Jason Zucker (1) (Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund)
6:31 - BUF - Marcus Foligno (2 min., roughing)
12:07 - MIN - Dany Heatley (2 min., bench penalty for too many men on the ice)
18:43 - BUF - Jamie McBain (2 min., interference)
18:48 - BUF - Matt Ellis (2) (Mike Weber, Tyler Ennis)
19:34 - MIN - Kyle Brodziak (3) (Awarded)
2:09 - MIN - Clayton Stoner (2 min., interference)
4:45 - BUF - John Scott (2 min., roughing)
4:45 - MIN - Clayton Stoner (2 min., roughing)
BUF - Ryan Miller (28 saves, 31 shots)
MIN - Niklas Backstrom (19 saves, 20 shots)
BUF - 0 of 4
MIN - 0 of 4