Minnesota Wild 2 Winnipeg Jets 1 – The loss snapped the Jets' win streak at four, and dropped their road record to 3-5-1. Eight of the nine road games have been decided by one goal.
The Jets got off to a slow start and were outshot 9-2 in the first period but were only down 1-0. Mikko Koivu had the only goal.
Jets got going in the second and outshot the Wild 14-8 but could not beat Josh Harding. The best chance was a blast from Dustin Byfuglien from the edge of the circle that Harding made a glove save on. Blake Wheeler had a career-tying five shots on goal in the second.
The Jets tied the game just 54 seconds into the third on a goal that initially was credited to Bryan Little, but later changed to Byfuglien. It was his fourth goal in the past four games. Wheeler drew an assist. Ondrej Pavelec made a number of big saves throughout the game and it looked as though these two teams were bound for overtime.
The last three Jets games were decided by a shootout, while three of the last four games for the Wild have gone to overtime.
However, a faceoff after an icing call, the Wild's top line connected for the game winner for the second time in as many games.
Friday against Florida it was Charlie Coyle with the winner in the third, in this game Coyle set up Koivu for his second of the night. The goal coming at 16:48 of the third.
Final shots favoured Minnesota 24-22.
With the win the Wild have now won six straight at home and are 10-1-1 in their last 12.
The two teams meet in Winnipeg Saturday afternoon.Jets will play three straight at home starting with their third back-to-back of the season with Calgary Flames at the MTS Centre Monday. It will be the Flames first game in Winnipeg since the Jets returned to the NHL. Thursday the Jets are home to Chicago, and then the Wild game Saturday afternoon. All three games on TSN Jets and TSN 1290.
Wheeler ended the night with eight shots on goal, a season high but one short of his career high.
With Zach Bogosian out week to week with a groin injury, Keaton Ellerby played a season high 22:09, paired with Toby Enstrom.
Zach Redmond in his first game of the year played 11:25 and was paired most the game with Adam Pardy.
"We played a pretty good road game," stated Coach Claude Noel post game. "We got a bad start because we didn't shoot the puck, especially from our 'D.'
"We made some changes after the first and played a reasonable game. Tough game to lose. A mistake led to an icing that led to a 'D' zone face-off that led to the goal."
Tough night in the face off department with the Wild winning 63%.