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Pominville KO'd by elbow in Wild win; Kings captain Brown could face Shanaban

The Dustin Brown elbow on Jason Pominville.

By Mike Harrington

The Wild pulled out a huge 2-1 win over the Kings Tuesday night that should go a long way to allowing Minnesota to make the playoffs (and prevent the Sabres from getting a second lottery chance, since they own the Wild's No. 1 pick for Jason Pominville).

Pominville has four goals, five assists and nine points in nine games for the Wild but you wonder if he's going to be out for a little bit after taking a blatant elbow to the head in the second period from Kings captain Dustin Brown. Pominville left the ice woozy from the shot and didn't return. Remember, he suffered a concussion once before in his career after taking that terrible shot from behind from Chicago's Niklas Hjalmarsson in October, 2010 and missing nine games.

(10:30 a.m. update: Wild coach Mike Yeo had no update on Pominville last night and the team is not practicing today so there's no word yet on the injury. But Minneapolis Star-Tribune writer Mike Russo makes the obvious concussion speculation and says the Wild may need a callup).

Brown, meanwhile, is likely to hear from NHL discipline czar Brendan Shanahan. (And here's the official word from the league: Brown has a hearing today. 

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