Wild down Jets
ST. PAUL -- Center Mikko Koivu scored his second goal of the game late in the third period, snapping a 1-1 tie and lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.
ST. PAUL - Center Mikko Koivu scored his second goal of the game late in the third period, snapping a 1-1 tie and lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.
Koivu scored late in the first period to give Minnesota an early lead, and he scored again with 3:12 left in regulation as the Wild improved to 10-1-2 at home this season. Minnesota (13-4-4) got 21 saves from goalie Josh Harding in its fourth consecutive win.
Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien scored early in the third period, and Winnipeg (9-10-2) was helped by 22 saves from goalie Ondrej Pavelec, but the Jets' four-game winning streak was snapped.
The Wild dominated the first period, outshooting the Jets 9-2, but could not get a puck past Pavelec until the 16:37 mark. Left winger Zach Parise was stuffed at the doorstep, only to see Koivu send the rebound low between the goalie's pads.
Center Kyle Brodziak nearly doubled Minnesota's lead, but he misfired on a breakaway when he was in alone on Pavelec from center ice after a Jets turnover.
The second period was scoreless, but not for lack of effort on the part of the Jets. Winnipeg flipped the script, outshooting Minnesota 14-8 and repeatedly testing Harding, one of the hottest goalies in the NHL for the past month.
Winnipeg finally broke through in the opening minute of the third period. Center Bryan Little's shot from the top of the circle was tipped at the side of the crease by Byfuglien, who recorded his third goal in the past two games.
Winnipeg, which has the least-effective power play in the Western Conference this season, again struggled with a man advantage, going 0-for-2 on the power play Sunday. Minnesota also was blanked on two power-play opportunities.