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Postgame Hat Trick: Wild 3, Jets 2 (OT)

Staal's overtime goal gives Minnesota the bonus point Saturday afternoon in St. Paul

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe / Wild.com

Wild.com's Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 3-2 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul on Saturday afternoon:

1. The power play came through when the Wild needed it most.

It's been tough sledding for the man advantage of late, including in the game on Saturday, but when it needed a goal early in overtime, it was Wild All-Star Eric Staal which got it done.

Video: WPG@MIN: Staal scores PPG amid scramble in overtime

After going 0-for-4 during regulation, including two-straight power plays in the first period when it could have extended its lead, Minnesota won the game 1:52 into the extra session when Staal slid home a loose puck in front of Connor Hellebuyck. 

Prior to that, Winnipeg had scored a pair of power-play goals to take a 2-1 lead in the third period. 


2. Luke Kunin tied the game late in regulation.

With the Wild all over Winnipeg, it was Minnesotas 13th shot of the third period that tied things up as Kunin found Hellebuyck's five hole with a low shot that evened the score at 2-2.

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

Minnesota had a 13-1 shots advantage in the third at that point, with Winnipeg's only shot coming 52 seconds into the period on Blake Wheeler's power-play marker, which gave the Jets their only lead of the afternoon. 

Kunin's goal was his second point of the day, as he also assisted on Marcus Foligno's opening tally 1:12 into the game. Foligno assisted on Kunin's goal, as each finished with two points on the afternoon. 

Foligno was especially good, contributing four shots on goal and five hits in addition to his goal and his assist.

Video: WPG@MIN: Foligno buries Eriksson Ek's feed in front


3. The Wild can salvage its homestand on Sunday.

After starting with back-to-back losses on a season-long (so far) homestand, Minnesota can even things up with a win back here against the Calgary Flames on Sunday evening. 

It's the rare home-games-on-consecutive-days trick for the Wild, who will play their next two games against the Flames. The rematch comes Thursday night in Calgary.

The victory moved the Wild to within three points of the Jets in the Western Conference standings, with Winnipeg holding down the top wild card spot. 

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