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Jason Pominville gets four points in Wild win

Devan Dubnyk makes 38 saves against Jets

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Jason Pominville had two goals and two assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 38 saves for the Minnesota Wild in a 4-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre on Tuesday.

Minnesota (35-12-5) won three of four games on its road trip through Western Canada and Winnipeg, and has won five of its past six.

The Wild, who lead the Western Conference, are 3-0-0 this season against the Jets.

Dubnyk has 29 wins, tied for the NHL lead with Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

WATCH: All Wild vs. Jets highlights

 

Nino Niederreiter (at 11:51) and Pominville (with 41 seconds left) scored in the first period for Minnesota. The Wild took a 3-0 lead 2:33 into the second period on Pominville's second.

Niederreiter scored into an empty net with 1:19 remaining in the third period. Charlie Coyle, who played the first and second periods at center between Niederreiter and Pominville, had three assists for Minnesota.

Video: MIN@WPG: Pominville rips home slapper after turnover

"[Coyle] was buzzing, moving well, made some plays," Pominville said. "A couple of turnovers and we were able to get some rushes and we were able to pick corners. That's always nice.

"He looked good in both positions. He's a big part of the team. Nice that he got rewarded tonight."

In the third, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau went down to three lines to try to protect the lead and used Coyle on a line with center Eric Staal and left wing Zach Parise.

Video: MIN@WPG: Pominville nets his second from tough angle

"I thought he was our best player," Boudreau said of Coyle.

Bryan Little and Joel Armia scored second-period goals for the Jets (25-27-4), who outshot the Wild 40-25.

"Against the best team in our conference, I think we were better than they were over the course of the game," coach Paul Maurice said. "I know we're a [heck] of lot better than we've been in a long time."

Winnipeg goalie Ondrej Pavelec, making his eighth start in the past nine games, left at 6:15 of the second period with a lower-body injury. Connor Hellebuyck replaced Pavelec and made saves on all 10 shots he faced.

Video: MIN@WPG: Little buries loose puck with a backhand

Wild forward Mikael Granlund failed to score on a penalty shot at 3:48 of the third period, and his NHL season-high point streak ended at 12 games.

Granlund was awarded the penalty shot after Winnipeg defenseman Dustin Byfuglien shot Jason Zucker's dropped stick at him in the Jets zone.

 
Goal of the game

Niederreiter scored his first goal off the rush, using Winnipeg defenseman Josh Morrissey as a screen and snapping a hard shot past Pavelec.

Video: MIN@WPG: Niederreiter tallies after smooth toe drag

 
Saves of the game

Dubnyk turned away two shots by Byfuglien with less than four minutes remaining in the second period. He made a right-pad save on Byfuglien's slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle with 3:47 remaining before getting his glove on the defenseman's wrist shot from the right circle with 3:41 remaining.

 

Highlight of the game

Minnesota defenseman Jared Spurgeon saved a sure goal at 7:50 of the second period. Byfuglien's point shot was deflected by Adam Lowry, went off Dubnyk's shoulder, dropped in the crease, and spun toward the goal line. Spurgeon dove and played the puck to the boards, barely beating Winnipeg center Mark Scheifele's diving attempt to knock it in.

Video: MIN@WPG: Spurgeon dives to sweep puck out of trouble

 
Unsung performance of the game

In addition to his diving save, Spurgeon was plus-1 and led the Wild with four blocked shots in 26:35.

 
They said it

"I feel good. I feel comfortable. I don't know if I'm doing a lot of things different, but I'm just getting rewarded a little more for it." -- Wild forward Jason Pominville

 

"You can't take the effort from us. We've had problems with that this year, but if we can have the effort, and get a few lucky bounces, I think we have a good chance of winning these games." -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers

 

"Nothing in this team surprises me right now. I mean, it seems like there's a different hero every night. Charlie [Coyle] is a good player, and he doesn't get a lot of notice." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

 
Need to know

Coyle had one assist in his previous six games. ... Little, who missed the first two games of the season against Minnesota because of injury, has eight goals in the past nine games. He has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in that span. ... The Wild go home for eight straight games at Xcel Energy Center. ... The Jets announced Tuesday that defenseman Tyler Myers had surgery to repair a lower-body injury Monday and will be out 6-8 weeks. They have dressed their top six defensemen for one game this season, on Nov. 11.

 
What's next

Wild: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, NHL.TV)

Jets: Host the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday (8 p.m. ET; TSN3, CSN-CH, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Pominville's four-point game helps Wild top Jets, 4-2

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