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Jets score seven unanswered goals in win against Wild

Wheeler, Scheifele, Connor each has three points for Winnipeg

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets scored seven unanswered goals in a 7-2 win against the Minnesota Wild at Bell MTS Place on Monday.

The Jets trailed 2-0 with 6:04 remaining in the first period.

Joel Armia, Mark Scheifele, Jacob Trouba, Mathieu Perreault, Kyle Connor, Bryan Little and Blake Wheeler scored for the Jets (15-6-3), who set a Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise record for fewest number of games to 15 wins at 24 games. The previous record was 26 games (2009-10).


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"Even last game (a 4-0 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Saturday), we didn't think we played all that bad a game," Perreault said. "We had 38 shots, a lot of good chances. We ran into a hot goalie and weren't able to score.

"Tonight, it wasn't the case. We were able to stay with it. Down two early, we never thought we were out of this game. And we battled back."

Wheeler, Scheifele and Connor also had two assists each.

Connor Hellebuyck made 17 saves. He has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his past six starts.

Jason Zucker and Chris Stewart scored for Minnesota (11-10-3). Alex Stalock made 21 saves.

Video: MIN@WPG: Scheifele cranks home Wheeler's dish for PPG

The Wild have allowed 30 goals in their past seven games.

"To play the way we did is unacceptable. It falls on all of us," Wild forward Matt Cullen said. "We had a pretty good start, and just a couple of mistakes and the puck is in our net. We just have to get back to work, we have a way to go. I think we'd all agree we're not where we need to be yet as a group. I think we all need to make a decision about how we're playing. We've got to turn things around. We've got the pieces to do it."

Zucker scored for the 10th time in his past 12 games on a backhand deke at 8:01 of the first period to give the Wild a 1-0 lead.

Mitchell appeared to make it 2-0 at 12:49 after scoring on a rebound. But Jets coach Paul Maurice challenged, and the goal was overturned when it was ruled Charlie Coyle was offside.

Stewart made it 2-0 at 13:54 after a centering feed from Cullen.

Video: MIN@WPG: Wheeler nets goal off redirected pass

"It's too early right after the game, so I'm not going to start to be a coach here and tell you what's wrong," Wild captain Mikko Koivu said. "Obviously, there's more than just one thing."

Armia made it 2-1 on a rebound after Matt Hendricks tipped Josh Morrissey's point shot.

"The Hendricks line with Armia and Perreault," Wheeler said of what turned the tide for the Jets after going down 2-0. "They've been playing great for us. They've been playing with a ton of energy and they made a great play to get us going, got a bit of the momentum on our side, and we closed that period out strong."

Scheifele tied it 2-2 on the power play at 17:15, scoring on a one-timer after a cross-ice pass from Wheeler.

Trouba gave the Jets a 3-2 lead at 10:57 of the second period. Perreault scored his fifth in his past seven games at 14:19 to make it 4-2.

Connor made it 5-2 on the power play at 5:13 of the third period. Little tipped a point shot to make it 6-2 at 6:18. Wheeler's shot went off Jonas Brodin's skate and in at 13:26 to make it 7-2.

Video: MIN@WPG: Zucker tucks home nice dish from Coyle


Goal of the game

Trouba's game-winning goal at 10:57 of the second period.

Video: MIN@WPG: Trouba buries wrister past a diving Stalock


Save of the game

Hellebuyck's save against Mikael Granlund at 13:15 of the third period.

Video: MIN@WPG: Hellebuyck denies wrist shot from Granlund


Highlight of the game

Perreault's goal at 14:19 of the second period.

Video: MIN@WPG: Perreault roofs one-timer from hash marks


They said it

"From about the 13-minute mark of the first period, we just quit playing. It's easy to say we're going to watch the video, but it's a compete level. Once the Jets started to play a little bit better it was like, 'woe is me,' and we didn't compete against them." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau


"We talked about it as much as anything just to be aware of when we were doing our (penalty kill) meeting, how hot it was. They've been scoring off the rush and they've been scoring from low plays. So, we spent time making the group aware. I think they had 21 goals in their past six games and 10 of them were on the power play, so if you stay out of the penalty box you can cut their offense in half pretty quick." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice


Need to know

Zucker has 13 points (10 goals, three assists) in his past 12 games. … Wheeler played in his 500th game with the Jets franchise on Monday. … Winnipeg got points from 13 of its 18 skaters.


What's next

Wild: Host the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; FS-N, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV)

Jets: At the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET; ALT, TSN3, NHL.TV)


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