Rough night for fourth line
Ryan White, Michael Blunden and George Parros were on the ice for Minnesota's first three goals – by Justin Fontaine, Jason Pominville and Nino Niederreiter.
The Canadiens battled back in the third period, erasing the Wild lead on goals by P.K. Subban and Brian Gionta.
But Pominville's second of the game and ninth of the season won it late for the home team.
The Canadiens outshot Minnesota 31-25.
Pominville seals the deal
After the Canadiens fought back from a 3-2 deficit to tie the game on goals by P.K. Subban and Brian Gionta, Jason Pominville's second goal of the game gave Minnesota a hard-fought win.
Wild take lead
Jason Pominville's eighth was the only goal of the middle period.
A superb pass by Mikael Granlund sent Pominville past Andrei Markov and in alone on Carey Price.
The Canadiens had five shots on goal during a late-period power play and outshot the Wild 13-6 in the period.
25 seconds of scoring
At 5:45, Justin Fontaine got the home team on the board, tipping Keith Ballard's point shot past Carey Price.
At 6:10, Brendan Gallagher completed a lovely play by Alex Galchenyuk, who beat highly-regarded Wild Dman Jonas Brodin before feathering a saucer pass across the crease for his linemate's sixth.
Wild had the shot edge, 7-6 ... the last one being a good chance from close in by Charlie Coyle with seconds on the clock.
As we begin the second month of what Red Fisher used to call the "infernally long" NHL season, your Montreal Canadiens face three challenges that will give general manager Marc Bergevin a pretty good idea of where his team is at.
The run begins Friday night in Minnesota, where the Wild are 4-1-2 on home ice. Wild fans have not seen the Canadiens since March 20, 2011, when P.K. Subban scored the only hat trick of his career and added an assist in an 8-1 romp.
The Wild have not beaten the Canadiens in Minnesota since Dec. 17, 2005.
The Canadiens leave immediately after the game and fly to Denver for a Saturday night date with Patrick Roy's red-hot Avalanche.
Then it's back to Montreal for a Tuesday night Bell Centre game against Jaro Halak and the mighty St. Louis Blues.
Not a weak sister on the short-term schedule.
The Canadiens will have reinforcements: George Parros returns to the lineup against the Wild; Max Pacioretty may be available for the game against Avalanche.
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