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Postgame Hat Trick: Sabres 3, Wild 2

Pominville's late tally lifts Buffalo in homestand finale Saturday in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @MNWildScribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-2 loss against the Buffalo Sabres at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday night:

1. The Sabres rallied from a two-goal deficit to win for the second time in 24 hours.

Like they did the night before in Winnipeg, the Sabres fell behind in the hockey game. And like the night before, they kept it close enough to hang around late.

Minnesota led by a pair of goals 7:45 into the game but Jake McCabe's goal 14:52 into the first period made it 2-1. 

Neither team scored in the second as Buffalo continued to keep it close. Finally, with 7:02 left in regulation, rookie defenseman Rasmus Dahlin pushed a loose puck in the crease past Devan Dubnyk to tie the score. 

Sure enough, Jason Pominville scored on a backhander after the puck took a funny bounce off the end wall with 90 seconds left in regulation to secure the victory. 

2. Zach Parise (officially) became the the all-time leading goal scorer among Minnesota-born NHLers.

His last time out on Tuesday against the Washington Capitals, Parise appeared to poke home a late goal that would have given him 341 career goals. It was instead credited to defenseman Matt Dumba. 

After missing Thursday's game because of an illness, it didn't take Parise long to get 341, rifling a shot past Linus Ullmark just four minutes into the contest for an early 1-0 advantage.

Video: BUF@MIN: Parise wrists one off the post and in

Parise moved past another University of North Dakota product, Dave Christian, for the top spot overall on the list. Christian, a Warroad native, scored 340 in 1009 games between 1980 and 1994. Parise got to 341 in just 890 career games.

Some familiar names comprise the top five on that list, with Sabres coach Phil Housley ranking third with 338, Neal Broten (289) and Matt Cullen with 260. 

Jamie Langenbrunner (243), David Backes (237, #HornsUp), Blake Wheeler (225), Reed Larson (222) and Mark Parrish (216) round out the top 10. 

3. Matt Dumba and Nino Niederreiter are in the running for goal celebration of the year.

After his first-period, power-play whistler that eluded Ullmark 7:45 into the game, Dumba and Niederreiter congregated near the left wing half wall and channeled their inner Minnie and Paul, removing their gloves and shaking hands in a classy and sophisticated showing of joy.

A for creativity, A for execution, boys. Well done.

Tweet from @mnwild: Congratulations on the goal sir. #YoureGolden

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