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The Sports Xchange, Published January 02 2014

Wild snap six-game losing streak against Buffalo

ST. PAUL – Former Buffalo captain Jason Pominville scored during a three-goal second period as host Minnesota snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Buffalo.

Marco Scandella and Jason Zucker added second-period goals and Kyle Brodziak was credited with an empty-net tally as the Wild ended the longest regulation skid in franchise history.

Minnesota 4, Buffalo 1

Buffalo 0 0 1— 1

Minnesota 0 3 1— 4

First Period—

Second Period—1, Minnesota, Scandella 2 (Cooke, Fontaine) 4:33. 2, Minnesota, Pominville 18 (Koivu, Suter) 6:19. 3, Minnesota, Zucker 1 (Niederreiter, Granlund) 16:09.

Third Period—4, Buffalo, Ellis 2 (Weber, Ennis) 18:48. 5, Minnesota, Brodziak 3 (Suter, Koivu) 19:34 (en).

Shots on Goal—Buffalo 7-5-8—20. Minnesota 8-15-8—31.

Power-play opportunities—Buffalo 0 of 4. Minnesota 0 of 4.

Goalies—Buffalo Miller 10-18-1 (31 shots-28 saves). Minnesota Backstrom 3-9-2 (20-19).

A—18,229 (18,064). T—2:20.