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Backstrom has 24 saves, Pominville posts goal, assist in Wild's 3-0 win over Blue Jackets

Sunday, 04.07.2013 / 9:05 PM / News

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Backstrom has 24 saves, Pominville posts goal, assist in Wild's 3-0 win over Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Niklas Backstrom made 24 saves, and newcomer Jason Pominville had a goal and an assist to help the Minnesota Wild snap a three-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Pominville, acquired this week from Buffalo, earned his first points with Minnesota.

The Wild, coming off their first shutout loss of the season — 3-0 at Los Angeles on Thursday — got better as the game progressed on both ends of the ice.

Ryan Suter's wrist shot in traffic started the scoring, and Charlie Coyle benefited from a perfect pass from Mikael Granlund as the Wild netted two power-play goals in the second period.

Backstrom and his staunch defence did the rest until Pominville scored late off a tape-to-tape pass from Zach Parise. Backstrom earned his second shutout of the season and 28th of his NHL career.

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