Jason Pominville and Mikael Granlund are proving to be a dynamic duo for the Minnesota Wild. In tonight's game against the Montreal Canadiens, the pair recorded five points and were instrumental in three of the team's goals.
Pominville netted two goals and an assist for his 27th career three-point game and his first with the Wild. He leads Minnesota with nine goals this season and is tied for the Wild lead with 10 points (9-1=10). Granlund extended his assist streak to four games – setting a career high – with six in that timeframe and a Wild-best 10 helpers in 13 games this season. He now leads the Wild with three multi-point games and is tied for the team lead with 10 points (0-10=10) this season.
Nino Niederreiter and Justin Fontaine also notched goals for the Wild.
Four players returned to the Wild's line up in tonight's game: forward Charlie Coyle, defensemen Jonas Brodin and Keith Ballard, and goalie Josh Harding.
In a post-game interview, Harding commented on his doubts about returning after injury, "I felt that I was struggling, I wasn't seeing the puck as good as I was [before]. Things are getting better. You gotta stick with and battle with it."
"I thought that we battled hard and we got t he two points, that's all that matters," said Harding, who earned his first career win against Montreal, making 28 saves on the night. He moved to 5-0-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season.
Brendan Gallagher, D P.K. Subban and RW Brian Gionta scored for Montreal, while G Carey Price made 21 saves in net.
Next up, Minnesota hosts New Jersey Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.