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Wild score six in Game 3 win against Jets

Use four-goal second period for first victory in series

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild scored four goals in the second period in a 6-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday.

The Jets lead the best-of-7 series 2-1. Game 4 is here Tuesday. 

Six players scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves for the Wild, who have lost the first two games of a playoff series on the road six times and have won Game 3 at home in five of them.

 

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"We needed [that win]," forward Zach Parise said. "That's the way playoffs go; you go from losing two [in Winnipeg], thinking it's the end of the world, and all of a sudden we've got some life. We want to tie this series up in the next game, but it was a good start for us."

Mikael Granlund, Eric Staal and Matt Dumba each had a goal and an assist. Jordan Greenway scored his first Stanley Cup Playoff goal, Parise extended his goal streak to three games, and Marcus Foligno scored.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm3: Staal, Greenway score 20 seconds apart

Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for Winnipeg. Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves on 22 shots and was replaced for the third period by Steve Mason, who made seven saves.

"It's one game in a seven-game series," Wheeler said. "We didn't play anywhere near our level tonight. … We need to play with team speed, like we were able to accomplish the second half of both Games 1 and 2. (At) 2-1, they came out extremely hard, it's not a death sentence by any means in this building. But when that second period started, we weren't able to get faster. And that's when the game changed. They stuck with it, and we just weren't able to get to our speed we needed to get to."

The Wild broke the game open with three goals in 3:43 in the second period. Staal scored his first goal of the playoffs at 14:40 to make it 4-2. Greenway scored 20 seconds later to make it 5-2, and Foligno increased the lead to 6-2 at 18:23.

"Well, I think everybody knows if we lose Game 3 how difficult it is," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Especially playing these guys. We didn't want to get down 0-3. I think desperation is the best word. When we're down 0-2 it's still a big hurdle. They will be a lot better next game."

The Jets arrived in Minnesota early Sunday morning because of a blizzard. They were scheduled to arrive Saturday afternoon, but after a flight delay and a detour, they flew back to Winnipeg.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm3: Dumba wires wrister past Hellebuyck

"I don't know if it made us worse, but I can say for a fact that it certainly didn't make us better," Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.

Wheeler scored on the power play when his shot deflected off defenseman Jonas Brodin's stick to give the Jets a 1-0 lead at 4:50 of the first period.

Granlund tied it 1-1 at 9:47, scoring on the rebound of a Mikko Koivu shot.

Parise gave Minnesota a 2-1 lead 48 seconds into a power play with a redirect of Koivu's shot at 17:50.

Daniel Winnik left a drop pass for Dumba, who increased the lead to 3-1 with a slap shot from the point at 3:32 of the second period.

Myers beat Dubnyk blocker side at 6:42 to make it 3-2.

 

Goal of the game

Staal's goal at 14:40 of the second period.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm3: Staal nets great feed from Granlund

 

Save of the game

Dubnyk's save on Kyle Connor with 34 seconds left in the first period.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm3: Dubnyk makes save on tip-in try

 

Highlight of the game

Granlund's goal at 9:47 of the first period.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm3: Granlund buries rebound for PPG

 

They said it

"It's the playoffs. Everybody needs to win, everybody wants to win. We wanted to win today, and we didn't get it done." -- Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers

 

"You only get your first NHL goal one time. It was exciting. All the guys have been helping me out trying to get me my first one. So it's good to have the support behind me." -- Wild forward Jordan Greenway, who didn't score in six regular-season games after signing with Minnesota on March 26

 

Need to know

Jets forward Mathieu Perreault missed a second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... Myers left the game at 15:41 of the second period with an apparent lower-body injury after falling awkwardly in a collision with Foligno. There was no update. … The six goals are the most the Wild have scored in a home playoff game. Minnesota scored seven in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals at the Vancouver Canucks in 2003 (7-2 win). ... Wild defenseman Nick Seeler had two assists, his first career NHL playoff points, four blocked shots and a plus-2 rating. ... Dubnyk has made a save on 106 of 115 shots in three games.

 

What's next

Game 4 of Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-N)

 

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