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Wild 4, Devils 0

Sunday, 11.03.2013 / 11:18 PM

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Wild 4, Devils 0
New Jersey Devils 0, Minnesota Wild 4
Three Stars of the Game
Josh Harding
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
GA: 0EV: 17-17
PIM: 0PP: 2-2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0-0
Mikael Granlund
Mikael Granlund
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 3
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 15:25
Nino Niederreiter
Nino Niederreiter
G: 0Shots: 3
A: 3Hits: 3
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 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.

scoring summary
1st Period
Mikael Granlund (1) ASST: Nino Niederreiter (4), Jason Pominville (2)
1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
Torrey Mitchell (1) ASST: Zach Parise (5), Ryan Suter (8)
2 - 0 MIN
3rd Period
PPG - Dany Heatley (2) ASST: Keith Ballard (4), Nino Niederreiter (5)
3 - 0 MIN
EN - Jason Pominville (10) ASST: Nino Niederreiter (6)
4 - 0 MIN
penalty summary
1st Period
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
2nd Period
Michael Ryder  Holding against  Ryan Suter
Jaromir Jagr  Holding against  Keith Ballard
3rd Period
Marek Zidlicky  Interference against  Zach Parise
goalie stats
Cory Schneider
SA: 19TOI: 58:38
Saves: 16EV: 12 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .842SH: 0 - 0
Josh Harding
Josh Harding
SA: 19TOI: 60:00
Saves: 19EV: 17 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
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