Minnesota earned a 4-0 victory over New Jersey Sunday night at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild moved to 6-1-2 at home this season, having won six of its last seven contests in St. Paul. Overall, Minnesota has won five of its last six games.
Goalie Josh Harding made 19 saves to earn his second shutout of the season and ninth of his career. In his first career start against New Jersey, Harding moved to 7-2-1 with an NHL-leading 1.11 GAA and .950 SV% this season, including a 6-0-0 record with a 1.06 GAA and .950 SV% at home. This season, no other goalie has amassed more than three wins on home ice without accruing a loss.
Continuing their hot streak, Mikael Granlund and Jason Pominville scored for Minnesota along with Torrey Mitchell and Dany Heatley.
In a post-game interview, Pominville commented on the shutout win, "Hards made some saves when he needed to. Our PK did a great job, but I think for the most part we kept our composure and didn't really panic. Really, they had zone time but didn't have those quality opportunities."
Pominville scored his 199th career goal to extend his goal streak to four games (6), his longest since Nov. 12-19, 2008. He leads the Wild with 10 goals and 12 points this season, and is now tied with three multi-point games this season. He has nine goals in his last 10 games – topping the NHL since Oct. 14.
Mikael Granlund scored his first goal of the season to extend his point streak to five games – the longest by any Wild player this season. He leads Minnesota with 10 assists and is T-2nd on the Wild with 11 points in 15 games this season.
Another shining star on the night was right wing Nino Niederreiter, who tallied three assists to earn the first multi-point game of his career, while also earning his first career point streak with four points in the last two games. He now has nine points in 15 games this season.
Goalie Cory Schneider made 16 saves for New Jersey.
Next up, Minnesota finishes its four-game homestand as it hosts Calgary Tuesday at 7 p.m.