SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- A quartet of Minnesota Wild
goals, and 19 saves by goalie Josh Harding
, kept the New Jersey Devils
winless, and scoreless, in November. Mikael Granlund
, Torrey Mitchell
, Dany Heatley
and Jason Pominville
scored for the Wild (8-4-3), and Harding recorded his second shutout of the season, as the Devils (3-7-4) were blanked for the second night in a row in the Minnesota's 4-0 win on Sunday.
The Devils, who had lost 1-0 at home to the Flyers on Saturday night, did not look like the quick turnaround bothered them early in the game, as they out-shot the Wild 6-0 early. Still, Minnesota held the Devils without a shot on two first-period power plays, and scored the opening period's only goal.
Granlund, who leads the Wild in assists, got his first goal of the season to finish off a scramble in front of the New Jersey net. Devils goalie Cory Schneider
, back in action after missing two games with a groin injury, stopped shots by Jason Pominville and Nino Neiderreiter before Granlund scored.
Zach Parise, who played the first 502 games of his career for the Devils and has now played one against them, fired a close-range shot in the second period that banked off Schneider's right arm and into the air. The puck appeared to hit Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky, who was crashing the net with Mitchell, and landed in the net. Mitchell was credited with the goal, his first of the season.
Devils rookie defenseman Jon Merrill made his NHL debut, but it was cut short. Five minutes into the game, Merrill was tripped up in a corner of the rink and went hard face-first into the boards, suffering a cut on the bridge of his nose. He was helped off the ice and did not return due to the facial lacerations.
With Zidlicky in the penalty box for interference in the third period, Heatley tipped a Keith Ballard shot past Schneider for a three-goal lead, as Minnesota won for the fifth time in its past six games.
Pominville added an empty net goal -- his sixth goal in the Wild's last four games.
Schneider finished with 16 saves for the Devils.
NOTES: Charlie Coyle played center for the Wild on Friday after missing the previous 11 games but was scratched on Sunday after aggravating his knee injury. That forced the Wild to call up C Carson McMillan from their AHL affiliate in Iowa. McMillan drove his own vehicle the 245 miles from Des Moines to the Wild rink for the game. ... Devils LW Patrick Elias and C Travis Zajac both missed the trip to Minnesota. Elias warmed up before New Jersey's Saturday night home game versus the Flyers but did not play due to an upper-body injury. Zajac was scratched for the second consecutive game due to a right ankle injury. ... The biggest pregame ovation came when two members of the University of Minnesota football team were introduced. The Golden Gophers improved to 7-2 with a win at Indiana on Saturday. ... The Devils, in a stretch where they'll play four of five on the road, will return to New Jersey before Thursday's game at Philadelphia. Minnesota stays at home for its next game, hosting their former Northwest Division rivals, the Calgary Flames, on Tuesday.
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