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Wild erase two-goal deficit to defeat Jets 3-2

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WINNIPEG - Marco Scandella's goal with 12 seconds left in the second period held up as the game-winner in the Minnesota Wild's 3-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Monday.

Scandella's ninth goal of the season was the third of three straight goals Minnesota scored in the second period to erase Winnipeg's 2-0 lead.

The win snapped a five-game winless streak for Wild (17-13-4).

Ryan Carter and Justin Fontaine had the other goals for Minnesota and Brett Sutter and Kyle Brodziak each assisted on both.

Minnesota netminder Darcy Kuemper returned after missing one game with food poisoning and made 28 saves.

It was Winnipeg's (19-11-7) first loss in regulation in its past six games (4-1-1).

Michael Frolik and Mathieu Perreault both scored on the power play for the Jets.

Michael Hutchinson started his third straight game for Winnipeg and stopped 28 of the 31 shots he faced.

Winnipeg didn't get its first shot on goal until seven and half minutes into the game. The Wild had seven at that point.

Frolik scored his eighth goal of the season unassisted at 16:00 with a shot that went off Kuemper and into a top corner.

The Wild had a two-man advantage for 1:54 late in the period, but couldn't capitalize. They outshot the Jets 14-8 in the opening 20 minutes.

The Jets carried their third power play of the game into the second and Perreault scored his ninth of the season at the 20-second mark to make it 2-0.

Blake Wheeler sent a quick pass across the front of the net and Perreault shot the puck over Kuemper's left pad. Bryan Little also assisted on the goal, extending his point streak to four games with two goals and three assists.

Carter made it 2-1 with a close, high shot over Hutchinson at 4:12, while Fontaine evened the score at 16:31 when he went to the net on a breakaway and received a nice pass from Sutter.

The teams each had 11 shots on goal in the middle period.

Wild defenceman Ryan Suter slashed the back of Perreault's right knee early in the third period, sending Perreault to the ice in pain. He limped to the bench, but soon returned to the ice. No penalty was called.

Kuemper made a couple of big saves late in the game to preserve the win.

Winnipeg hosts the New York Islanders on Wednesday afternoon and Minnesota travels to play Columbus the same day.

Notes - Winnipeg forward Evander Kane is out until February with a lower-body injury. Kane took a shot by teammate Jay Harrison to his foot area during last Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over Minnesota ??? Winnipeg recalled forward Patrice Cormier from the AHL's St. John's IceCaps ??? The Jets are still without injured top-four defencemen Toby Enstrom, Zach Bogosian, Jacob Trouba and Mark Stuart ??? Minnesota centre Mikael Granlund broke his left wrist in last Saturday's loss to Winnipeg and will be out about four weeks ??? Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin didn't travel to Winnipeg after suffering an upper-body injury in the same game.

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