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Pominville named NHL's First Star of the Week

OTTAWA -- It's kind of ironic we're back in the site of his "scary good" series-winning overtime goal in 2006 as Jason Pominville's career in Minnesota is undergoing a huge renaissance.

The former Sabres captain was named the NHL's First Star of the Week Monday after another strong stretch for the Western Division-leading Wild.

Pominville paced the NHL with six assists and eight points in four games as the Wild went 3-0-1. In a 4-2 win Feb. 7 over Winnipeg Pominville had two goals and two assists for his fourth career four -point game -- and his first since the Sabres' 7-6 win over Boston on Jan. 1, 2011.

He then had an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to Chicago and Thursday's 2-1 shootout win over Tampa before capping his week with two more assists in Sunday's 6-3 win over Detroit.

St. Louis goalie Jake Allen, suddenly reborn under new coach Mike Yeo, was named the week's second star and Nashville forward Viktor Arvidsson got the nod at No. 3.

Pominville, 34, has 10 goals and 25 assists this season and has nine points during his current five-game point streak. He had just 11 goals and 25 assists all of last season for the Wild. The Sabres traded him to Minnesota at the deadline in 2013.


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