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Associated Press, Published September 21 2013

Pominville lifts Wild to shootout win over Jets

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Jason Pominville scored the only goal of the shootout to lift the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.

Minnesota took a 2-0 lead into the locker room after 20 minutes on goals Carson McMillan and Charlie Coyle. New Wild defenseman Keith Ballard assisted on both.

Winnipeg (1-2-2) stormed back with second-period goals by Eric O’Dell, Patrice Cormier and Paul Postma. Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter forged a 3-3 tie in the third period, scoring off a feed from Zach Parise.

Ondrej Pavelec made 33 saves for Winnipeg, while Niklas Backstrom had 28 saves for Minnesota, and stopped Blake Wheeler, Andrew Ladd and Bryan Little in the shootout.

The teams will play in the NHL’s new Central Division this season.

Winnipeg 0 3 0 0–3

Minnesota 2 0 1 0–4

Minnesota won shootout 1-0

First period: 1, Minnesota, McMillan 1 (Ballard, Stoner), 6:34. 2, Minnesota, Coyle 2 (Fontaine, Ballard), 16:17.

Second period: 3, Winnipeg, O’Dell 1 (Little, Ladd), 7:17 (pp). 4, Winnipeg, Cormier 1 (Slater, Enstrom), 16:22. 5, Winnipeg, Postma 1 (Trouba, O’Dell), 19:42 (pp).

Third period: 6, Minnesota, Suter 1 (Parise, Koivu), 11:41.

Shootout: Winnipeg 0 (Wheeler NG, Ladd NG, Little NG), Minnesota 1 (Parise NG, Koivu NG, Pominville G).

Shots on Goal: Winnipeg 8-11-9-3 – 31. Minnesota 13-10-9-4 – 36.

Goalies: Winnipeg, Pavelec. Minnesota, Backstrom. A – 16,179 (17,954). T – 2:38.