Winnipeg 6, Minnesota 4

Friday, December 27, 2013 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Minnesota 20-15-1-4 14-3-1-1 6-12-0-3 L4
Winnipeg 17-18-1-4 9-8-0-4 8-10-1-0 W1

Recap


Jets 6, Wild 4: Blake Wheeler poked in a loose puck for his second goal of the game with 9:20 left in the third period to snap a tie and Winnipeg held on to hand visiting Minnesota its fourth consecutive defeat.

Olli Jokinen recorded a goal and an assist, Evander Kane and defensemen Dustin Byfuglien and Tobias Enstrom also scored and captain Andrew Ladd added a pair of assists for the Jets, who defeated the Wild for the first time in four tries this season. Al Montoya made 22 saves for the victory after replacing starter Ondrej Pavelec, who allowed three goals on six shots.

Captain Mikko Koivu, Justin Fontaine, Dany Heatley and Stephane Veilleux tallied while Jason Pominville recorded two assists for Minnesota. Niklas Backstrom turned aside 32 shots for the Wild, who pressured for the tying goal before Enstrom’s empty-netter with four seconds left clinched the win for Winnipeg.

Heatley converted a cross-ice pass from Pominville 2:13 into the game, but Kane responded with a short-handed tally and Jokinen scored from close range over the next 3:44 for a 2-1 lead. Fontaine popped in his own rebound at 6:54 and Veilleux beat Pavelec from the left faceoff circle 10 seconds later to put the Wild ahead.

Winnipeg ended the offensive explosion in the first period with a goal by Wheeler on a deflection at 14:50 and Byfuglien’s rebound tally with 2:10 left as the Jets seized a 4-3 edge. Koivu tied the game 3:40 into the middle session during a power play, redirecting a nifty centering pass by Charlie Coyle.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Minnesota LW Zach Parise missed his second straight contest with a lower-body injury. G Josh Harding was activated after missing three games to get a new treatment for his multiple sclerosis but did not dress. … Winnipeg D Mark Stuart was scratched due to a lower-body injury, allowing D Julian Melchiori to make his NHL debut. He logged 8:41 of ice time. … Veilleux scored his first goal since Feb. 2, 2010, when he was with Tampa Bay, ending a 59-game drought.
 

Top Game Performances

Minnesota   Winnipeg
Jason Pominville 2 Points Blake Wheeler 2
Justin Fontaine 1 Goals Blake Wheeler 2
Jason Pominville 2 Assists Andrew Ladd 2
Mikko Koivu 1 Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Evander Kane 1
Niklas Backstrom .865 Save Percentage Al Montoya .957
Niklas Backstrom 32 Saves Al Montoya 22

Team Stats Summary

 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Minnesota 29 4 1-3 2-2 4 35
Winnipeg 38 6 0-2 2-3 6 29

Upcoming Games

  • Winnipeg will play its next game on the road against Colorado. The Jets have a W/L % of .312 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Minnesota will play its next game at home against NY Islanders. The Wild have a W/L % of .600 after a win and .400 after a loss.