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Jets bow 4-1 to new Central Division rival Wild in pre-season game

Thursday, 09.19.2013 / 10:55 PM The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG - The Minnesota Wild overcame a loaded Winnipeg lineup to beat the Jets 4-1 without their stars in pre-season action Thursday.

The Wild (2-1-0) didn't dress top point getters such as Zach Parise, Mikko Koivu and Ryan Suter, while the Jets (1-2-1) had plenty of regulars on the ice.

Mathew Dumba, Charlie Coyle and Kris Foucault scored for the Wild. Steven Kampfer finished things off with a goal into an empty net.

Bryan Little had Winnipeg's only goal.

It was a preview of what the Jets can expect in their new Central Division, which includes Minnesota, Chicago, St. Louis, Nashville and Dallas.

The tone was set early when Dumba scored on a loose puck that floated in and out of a scramble in front of the Winnipeg net past a sprawled Al Montoya.

The Jets had trouble getting shots off in the first period and went 0 for 3 on the power play.

They finally made one count when captain Andrew Ladd intercepted a sloppy pass just past the slot and spun it back to linemate Little who flipped a backhander past Josh Harding.

But the second period was even less successful for the Jets, who gave up two quick goals just 16 seconds apart.

It started with a two-on-one that led to a give and go between Coyle and Dany Heatley, cashed in by Coyle, then another from Foucault on one more rush the Jets were unable to stop.

Winnipeg's power play was a flop, even though the Wild provided plenty of chances, including four minutes straight in the third with back-to-back cross-checking and high-sticking penalties for Dumba and Kyle Medvec.

On their last power play of the game the Jets pulled Montoya but even six-on-four didn't work with Kampfer flipping one down the ice to make it 4-1 at 18:55.

Darcy Kuemper took over in the Minnesota net in the third.

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