Harding stops all 19 shots as Wild defeat the Devils

AP, ST PAUL, Minnesota

Tue, Nov 05, 2013 - Page 19

Josh Harding stopped 19 shots for his second shutout of the season, helping and the Minnesota Wild beat the New Jersey Devils 4-0 for their fifth win in six games.

In other NHL games on Sunday, the Flames beat the Blackhawks 3-2 in overtime and the Stars edged the Senators 4-3 in a shootout.

Mikael Granlund, Torrey Mitchell, Dany Heatley and Jason Pominville all scored for the Wild. Nino Niederreiter had three assists.

Cory Schneider, back after missing three games with an injured groin, finished with 16 saves for New Jersey. The Devils were blanked for the second straight night and the fourth time in 14 games.

Aiming to forget about Saturday’s 1-0 home loss to the Philadelphia Flyers when they managed just 14 shots, the Devils dominated early with six shots on goal in the opening five minutes.

However, the Devils went nearly eight minutes before their next shot, including two power-play opportunities.

The early missed chances proved costly as Granlund gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead at 13:20 of the first period.

Pominville’s shot from the left circle was saved by Schneider, but a bad-angle rebound attempt by Niederreiter trickled out to the slot where Granlund was alone for his first goal of the year to go along with a team-leading 10 assists.

Mitchell’s first goal of the season put Minnesota 2-0 up at 7:35 of the second.

Schneider got a piece of Zach Parise’s shot from below the right circle, but the puck fluttered to the crease where four players were crashing the net and Mitchell deflected the puck across the line.

Parise, who had 194 goals and 410 points with the Devils, signed a 13-year, US$98 million contract with the Wild on July 4 last year and was playing against his former team for the first time.

Heatley scored his first non-empty-net goal of the season early in the third, redirecting Keith Ballard’s shot behind Schneider.

Pominville added an empty-netter with 2:25 to play, his sixth goal in the past four games.

In Chicago, Kris Russell scored at 1:32 in overtime and Reto Berra made 42 saves in his first NHL game, leading the Flames to victory.

Russell’s shot from the blue line clanked off the crossbar and past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford, ending Calgary’s 10-game losing streak in Chicago.

Mike Cammalleri and Curtis Glencross scored in regulation for the Flames. Calgary’s T.J. Galiardi missed a second-period penalty shot.

In Ottawa, Jamie Benn scored in the shootout to power Dallas to the road win.

Antoine Roussel, Ray Whitney and Valeri Nichushkin scored in regulation for the Stars.

Kari Lehtonen stopped Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Bobby Ryan in the shootout.

Ottawa lost goaltender Craig Anderson when he went down hard after being hit by Valeri Nichushkin in overtime. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after he appeared to take a knee to the head.

Anderson faced 36 shots before Robin Lehner was forced into action.

Ryan, Erik Karlsson and Spezza scored for the Senators, with Ryan tying it with 9.6 seconds remaining in regulation.