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Continued: A year later, Pominville gives Wild an added playoff weapon

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 15, 2014 - 4:05 PM

Playoff success

Pominville is simply glad to be entering the playoffs feeling good and healthy. He has played in 43 playoff games, has scored a series-clinching overtime goal in 2006 against Dany Heatley’s Ottawa Senators, has played in two Eastern Conference finals.

“This is why you play,” Pominville said. “This team reminds me of my first year in the league [with Buffalo]. We weren’t the best team in the league, but we came in under the radar, did really well in the playoffs and lost in Game 7 to Carolina, who ended up winning the Stanley Cup.

“The teams were similar heading into the playoffs. Playoffs are so long, but series are so short. If you’re feeling good about your game going in, if you’re playing well going in and win early, you gain momentum and that can sway things quickly.”

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