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Staal OT goal lifts Wild past Jets

Scores on power play at 1:52; Winnipeg's Hellebuyck makes 41 saves

by Jessi Pierce / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

Staal buries PPG in overtime

WPG@MIN: Staal scores PPG amid scramble in overtime

Eric Staal takes advantage of a scramble in front of the net and buries the power-play goal in close to give the Wild a 3-2 overtime win

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Eric Staal scored a power-play goal 1:52 into overtime to give the Minnesota Wild a 3-2 win against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center on Saturday.

Staal poked in the rebound of a Ryan Suter one-timer during a scramble in front of the net. The goal was upheld after a review for goaltender interference.

Marcus Foligno and Luke Kunin each had a goal and an assist for the Wild (20-17-5), who had lost two in a row.

 

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"This building has got to be two points for us night in and night out," Staal said. "Divisional game, important points, we'd like to do it in regulation, but it was a good job fighting with it and getting that game tied up and picking up the two points."

Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves, and Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist for the Jets (22-16-4), who have lost two in a row and five of their past six (1-3-2).

Kunin tied the game 2-2 at 14:30 of the third period with a wrist shot from the slot.

Video: WPG@MIN: Kunin nets spinning goal after Foligno feed

Foligno made it 1-0 1:12 into the game with a one-timer off a backhand pass from Joel Eriksson Ek.

Scheifele scored a power-play goal 39 seconds into the second period on a one-timer from the left face-off circle to tie it 1-1. He has 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in his past 15 games.

Wheeler scored a power-play goal 52 seconds into the third period to make it 2-1.

"The power play was really good, and the first two periods were pretty good," Wheeler said. "The third period, obviously after we went up by a goal, they pushed really hard, and we just didn't do a good enough job of tilting the ice back in their direction -- getting some pucks in deep, generating a forecheck, kind of stopping that momentum.

"There were too many plays that [were] put it out of the zone and then change and [the Wild] were able to come back into the zone."

Devan Dubnyk made 19 saves for Minnesota.

"We didn't give up a shot [in overtime], so that's a good start because I'm 1-2 with a 0.0 save percentage so far this year in overtime," Dubnyk said. "So maybe that's our strategy now. It's a good one, though. … We talked about it this past week that we're going to need to get some points in the extra session whether it's overtime or the shootout as we go forward here."

 

They said it

"We'll deal with the things we can get better at and try to improve on those. That's all I got." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

"Anytime we play Winnipeg there's a lot of emotion involved. It brings out the best and worst of us as we've seen. I liked what I saw. Even if we hadn't have won we kept pushing and pushing. We didn't sit back, and we were very proactive, I think. You know, 44 shots for our team over 21 is a big number." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau

Video: Eric Staal gets the EA Sports Overtime Game Winner.

 

Need to know

The Wild outshot the Jets 16-4 in the third period. … Winnipeg forward Kyle Connor had an assist Wheeler's goal and has 10 points (seven goals, three assists) in his past seven games. … Staal scored his fourth NHL overtime goal and first since Dec. 29, 2011, against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He has 12 points (eight goals, four assists) in his past 11 games.

 

What's Next

Jets: At the Montreal Canadiens on Monday (7 p.m. ET; TSN2, RDS, TSN3, NHL.TV)

Wild: Host the Calgary Flames on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; SN, FS-N, FS-WI, NHL.TV) 

Video: Staal, Wild rally late to defeat Jets in overtime

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