Pominville scores twice, Wild top Canadiens 4-3

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Jason Pominville picked up his eighth and ninth goals of the season Friday night at Xcel Energy Center, and led Minnesota to a 4-3 win over Montreal, their fourth win in their last five games.

Minnesota welcomed back Josh Harding in goal, who missed a little over a week with a hamstring injury, and he picked up his sixth win of the year, stopping 31 Canadiens' shots.

Also back for the Wild were forward Charlie Coyle, as well as defensemen Jonas Brodin and Keith Ballard.

Ballard, who hadn't played since Oct. 14 because of a concussion, picked up two assists in his return.

Coyle, who only played in Minnesota's first two games before suffering a knee sprain, played for just north of 18 minutes, putting two shots on net.

Brodin, who just eight days ago took a puck to the face, breaking his cheekbone, returned to block three shots for Minnesota tonight, second on the team.

Justin Fontaine opened the scoring for the Wild, lighting the lamp just 5:45 into the game, while Nino Niederreiter was the other skater for Minnesota to find the back of the net tonight, his third goal of the year.

Minnesota off until Sunday, when they take on the New Jersey Devils at the X, a 7 p.m. puck drop.

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