SEASON REWIND: JASON POMINVILLE
Wednesday, 06.01.2011 / 1:58 PM / Features
By Rob Crean - Web Content Coordinator
Despite playing in just 73 games this past season – his lowest total since his rookie year of 2005-06 when he was called up from the AHL in late November – Pominville reached the 20-goal mark for the fifth consecutive season. He also added 30 assists to finish with 52 points, which ranked tied for second in scoring among Sabres who spent the entire season with the team (Brad Boyes, acquired at the trade deadline, finished with 55 points for the season). Pominville also registered a career-low 15 penalty minutes and a +1 rating to finish on the positive side for the fourth time in six seasons. He also recorded a goal and three assists in five playoff games before sustaining a season-ending injury in the first period of Game 5 at Philadelphia.
A KEY TO SUCCESS:
Although Pominville got off to a slow start this season, due in large part to the concussion he sustained on Oct. 11 in the third game of the regular season, his production picked up down the stretch as he played a key role in the team’s second half surge to a playoff spot. Recording his first point of the season on Nov. 3 and his first goal on Nov. 10, Pominville had collected just 6-7-13 through 26 games as of Dec. 24. After Christmas, Pominville and the Sabres took off. In the 47 games that followed, Pominville notched 39 points on 16 goals and 23 assists as the team went on a 29-12-6 the rest of the way. During the 2010-11 season, the Sabres were 16-5-0 when Pominville scored a goal; 22-9-4 when he collected a point; and 10-2-0 when he tallied more than one point. When Pominville was out of the lineup, the Sabres were 2-5-2 in the regular season and 0-2 in the playoffs.
|Jason Pominville (Photo: Getty Images)|
Pominville entered the 2010-11 season having played in 333 consecutive games dating back to his rookie season and had played in all 82 games each of the previous four seasons. However, in the third game of the 2010-11 campaign, Pominville suffered a concussion when he was hit from behind along the boards by Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson. Pominville would miss the next nine games with the concussion, snapping his consecutive games played streak at 336 games. Pominivlle went on to play in each of the remaining regular season games and the first five playoff games against Philadelphia. However, in the first period of Game 5, Pominville sustained a severed tendon in his leg that required surgery and missed the remainder of the series.
Pominville once again served as one of Buffalo’s top penalty killers, averaging 1:57 of shorthanded ice time per game this season, third most among Sabres forwards behind only Mike Grier (2:43/game) and Paul Gaustad (2:01/game). Buffalo finished the regular season ranked 13th in the NHL in penalty killing at 83.0%. When Pominville was out of the lineup from Oct. 13-30, the Sabres' PK efficiency dropped to 70.0% as opposed to a 85.0% mark with him in the lineup. After allowing 12 power play goals in 40 attempts during Pominville’s nine-game absence, the team then killed off 16 of its next 17 shorthanded situations once he returned. Pominville also scored a shorthanded goal this season on Dec. 9, the seventh of his career and first since Dec. 10, 2008.
BY THE NUMBERS...
|Pominville scored the overtime gam-winner in a Jan. 18 win over Montreal (Photo: Bill Wippert)|
Pominville played in his 400th career NHL game on Nov. 24 against Pittsburgh. At season’s end, he had appeared in 459 games, recording 145 goals and 213 assists for 358 points.
In arguably the most exciting game of the season – Buffalo’s 7-6 shootout win over Boston on Jan. 1 – Pominville tied his career high by scoring four points on two goals and two assists. It was the most points scored in a game by a Sabre during the entire 2010-11 season.
Pominville picked up the 200th assist of his career on Jan. 25 at Ottawa when he assisted on Shaone Morrisonn’s overtime game-winning goal.
Pominville recorded 12 multi-point games this season, including 10 two-point games, a three-point outing and a four-point night.
Here's a look at two of Pominville's signature goals from the 2010-11 campaign: a key goal in a regular season, come-from-behind win at Philadelphia, and a shorthanded breakaway goal vs. San Jose.