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  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon (46) celebrates with goaltender Josh Harding (37) after third period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Minnesota won 2-1. (AP Photo/Gary Wiepert)

Monday, October 14, 2013 11:36 pm

Pominville, Wild hold off winless Sabres 2-1

By JONAH BRONSTEINAssociated Press

Jason Pominville scored the winning goal in his return to Buffalo as the Minnesota Wild beat the winless Sabres 2-1 on Monday night.

Kyle Brodziak also scored for Minnesota (3-1-2). Josh Harding made 22 saves.

Buffalo (0-6-1) tied a franchise record for longest winless streak to start a season. The Sabres were 0-5-2 in 1999 and 0-4-3 in 1990.

Pominville, a former Sabres captain, played his first game in Buffalo since he was traded to Minnesota last April for center Johan Larsson, Rochester goalie Matt Hackett, a first-round pick that was used on defenseman Nikita Zadorov and a second-round selection.

Brian Flynn lifted Buffalo into a 1-1 tie with 4:56 left in the second period, scoring his first goal of the season off an assist from Zemgus Girgensons.