Buf 0 0 1 1
Min 0 3 1 4
Date of game: 1/2/2014

Recap: Minnesota vs. Buffalo

St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Marco Scandella and Jason Pominville potted goals 1:46 apart during Minnesota's three-goal second period, as the Wild snapped their season-long six-game slide with a 4-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday at Xcel Energy Center.

Jason Zucker capped the second-period surge with his first goal of the season, while Niklas Backstrom backstopped the victory with 19 saves.

"Backstrom is a huge story in the game for me," said Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo. "He was huge, even though we didn't give up a ton. We played a better game in front of him."

Matt Ellis spoiled Backstrom's shutout bid with a late marker and Ryan Miller allowed three goals on 31 shots for the Sabres, who have lost four of their last six games.

"They know how bad they played," Sabres interim head coach Ted Nolan said. "I'm very disappointed. We have to play a lot better."

Following a scoreless first frame, Scandella got the Wild on the board 4:33 into the second when he worked a give-and-go with Matt Cooke inside the Buffalo zone before beating Miller stick-side with a wicked wrister.

Just under two minutes later, Mikko Koivu's cross-ice feed to the right circle landed on the stick of Pominville, who ripped the puck past Miller for a 2-0 lead at 6:19.

Minnesota made it a three-goal spread late in the stanza after Nino Niederreiter chipped the puck out of his own end and Zucker gloved the disc out of mid-air in the neutral zone to start a 2-on-1 rush.

Once in the right circle, Zucker rifled a wrister that sailed high over Miller's glove at 16:09.

Ellis scored his second of the season with 1:12 left, but Kyle Brodziak buried an empty-netter inside of a minute remaining to account for the final margin.

Game Notes

Buffalo forward Drew Stafford played just 3:21 before leaving the game with an upper-body injury. He did not return ... Both teams finished 0-for-4 on the power play ... Pominville's goal was his 18th of the season.

Dorm Report: The year of running backs

We've all noticed the trend: NFL teams are more reliant on the passing game offensively than ever before, which makes the running back position more of a commodity than a necessity.

NASCAR News
The Inside Line: NASCAR's elite eight move on

The Eliminator Round in the new Chase for the Sprint Cup championship begins this weekend at Martinsville Speedway, with the playoff field now trimmed to eight drivers.

Polian, Wolf named Pro Football HOF finalists

Former NFL general managers Bill Polian and Ron Wolf have been selected as finalists for the 2015 Pro Football Hall of Fame class under the newly-created contributors category.

Wild, Coyle agree to 5-year extension

The Minnesota Wild moved to lock up another of their young core on Wednesday, agreeing to terms with center Charlie Coyle on a five-year contract extension.

Featured Partners
www.eastridgeretirementcenter.com
The newly modeled East Ridge Residence is a must see with its spacious comfortable apartments. Plus, 3 delicious meals daily, geriatric physician, home healthcare services and fun festive activities. Schedule your visit today!
www.ameripriseadvisors.com/james.m.scotchie
Together we can make a confident retirement possible. Simply click to get started with your private wealth advisor. Talk to Jimmy Scotchie, Certified Financial Planner.
www.comcast.com/cable-internet-packages.html
Get started at $79.99 a month for 12 months. Plus, get a $75 VISA® Prepaid card.
 
Supermarket Guru
From The Archives
Scenic City Roots
Through Irish Eyes
Brand News
Prime Mashup
What's Trending
Megan Wise Goes Outside
Stay Connected with WDEF News 12
 
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.