|NJD||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
|MIN||1||1||2||(0 - 0)||4|
|SA: 19||TOI: 60:00|
|GA: 0||EV: 17-17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2-2|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0-0|
|G: 1||Shots: 1|
|A: 0||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 1||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 15:25|
|G: 0||Shots: 3|
|A: 3||Hits: 3|
|PTS: 3||PIM: 0|
|+/-: 2||TOI: 13:16|
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild scored a goal in each period and added an empty-netter late in a 4-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night.
Minnesota overcame a sluggish start in the first period and escaped the opening 20 minutes with a 1-0 lead when Mikael Granlund buried a rebound chance of shots by Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter at 13:20.New Jersey had nearly three full power plays in the first period to try and get going offensively, but could get nothing past Wild goaltender Josh Harding, who stopped 19 shots for his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career.
The Devils have been shut out in two straight games and have not scored a goal since 10:54 of the second period last Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning, a stretch of 149:06.
New Jersey goalie Cory Schneider, making his return from an injury that cost him three games, stopped 16 shots in the loss.
The Wild scored another goal in the second when Zach Parise fed Ryan Suter with a cross-ice pass. Suter returned the favor to Parise through traffic at the right circle and Parise chipped a puck to the front of the net where it deflected off traffic in front of Schneider and in. The goal was credited to Torrey Mitchell, his first of the season.
Minnesota extended the lead at 4:19 of the third, capitalizing on the power play when Dany Heatley tipped a Keith Ballard shot from the point for his second of the season. The goal was Heatley's 141st career power-play goal, the most in the NHL since he entered the League in 2001-02.
For Ballard, it was his third assist in two games and first multi-game point streak since Dec. 4-6, 2011 when he played for the Vancouver Canucks. He has four assists in eight games this season.
Jason Pominville added the empty-net goal at 17:35 for his team-leading 10th of the season.
The Devils played shorthanded on their blue line for much of the game. Anton Volchenkov was declared out Sunday with a lower-body injury. He was replaced in the lineup by Jon Merrill, making his NHL debut. But his first appearance was marred by an injury less than five minutes into the game, when he crashed awkwardly into the boards while chasing a loose puck in the corner. The team announced during the third period he would not return due to lacerations.
|Mikael Granlund (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Nino Niederreiter (4), Jason Pominville (2)|
1 - 0 MIN
|Torrey Mitchell (1) Deflected shot - ASST: Zach Parise (5), Ryan Suter (8)|
2 - 0 MIN
|PPG - Dany Heatley (2) Tip-in - ASST: Keith Ballard (4), Nino Niederreiter (5)|
3 - 0 MIN
|EN - Jason Pominville (10) Wrist shot - ASST: Nino Niederreiter (6)|
4 - 0 MIN
|Torrey Mitchell Tripping against Jon Merrill|
|Ryan Suter Interference against Steve Bernier|
|Mattias Tedenby Holding against Justin Fontaine|
|Justin Fontaine Slashing against Mattias Tedenby|
|Keith Ballard Cross checking against Andy Greene|
|Michael Ryder Holding against Ryan Suter|
|Jaromir Jagr Holding against Keith Ballard|
|Marek Zidlicky Interference against Zach Parise|
|SA: 19||TOI: 58:38|
|Saves: 16||EV: 12 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 4 - 5|
|SV%: .842||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 19||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 19||EV: 17 - 17|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 0 - 0|
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