RW Jason Pominville and C Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart in the third period to lead Minnesota to a 2-0 victory in front of 17,676 fans Monday night at Xcel Energy Center. G Josh Harding stopped all 21 shots he faced, earning his third shutout of the season, 10th of his career and set a new single-season career high with 14 wins. Next up, Minnesota hosts Chicago Thursday at 7 p.m. CT on FOX Sports North, NHL Network and KFAN 100.3.
G Josh Harding stopped all 21 of Philadelphia’s shots to move to 14-4-3 in 22 games this season, a career-high for single-season victories (13-12-4 in 2011-12). He earned his 10th career shutout and his third shutout of the year – a career-best for most in a single-season and T-1st amongst all NHL goalies for most this season. He’s 11-1-0 with a 1.12 GAA and .949 SV% on home ice this season, posting a 32-10-2 record with a 1.96 GAA and .929 SV% in his career starts at Xcel Energy Center, including 25-5-1 since Jan. 27, 2010.
RW Jason Pominville opened the scoring with his team-leading 14th goal this season, T-5th most in the NHL. He has 19 points in 29 games.
C Mikko Koivu notched the lone assist on Pominville’s goal, his team-leading 17th helper this season. He is now tied with LW Zach Parise (11-12=23) for the Wild lead with 23 points this season (6-17=23).
C Charlie Coyle scored in the third period, his third goal this season and first since Nov. 15 vs. Florida. He has seven points (3-4=7) in 17 games this season.
Minnesota moved to 9-3-2 against the Eastern Conference this season. The Wild is also 11-3-2 on home ice, 16-8-5 overall this season.
Minnesota held Philadelphia to 21 shots, matching the Flyers’ lowest-ever shot total against the Wild (21, Dec. 10, 2005). The Flyers averaged more than 32 shots/game in the previous 13 contests versus Minnesota.
Minnesota and Philadelphia faced each other in Saint Paul for the first time since Nov. 24, 2010 – a span of 1,104 days.
LW Mike Rupp skated in his 600th NHL game, earning five PIM for fighting.
G Ray Emery made 19 saves in net for Philadelphia.
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