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Postgame Hat Trick: Jets 4, Wild 1

Sturm scores for Minnesota but Wild drops exhibition match in Winnipeg on Wednesday

by Dan Myers @mnwildscribe /'s Dan Myers gives three takeaways from the Wild's 4-1 loss against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Wednesday night:

1. Jordan Greenway made the play of the night.

The Wild struggled to get much going offensively, especially through the first 40 minutes. 

Down a pair of goals midway through the third, Greenway breathed life into the club, accepting a pass from Brad Hunt near the offensive blueline and lugging the puck into the zone. Two Winnipeg players jumped aboard the big man's left arm, but that didn't deter Greenway from keeping the puck on his stick with his right hand. 

Video: MIN@WPG: Sturm brings the Wild within one in the 3rd

At the last second, Greenway flipped a pass to a crashing Nico Sturm in the slot fresh off the bench. Sturm's initial shot was stopped by Jets goaltender Laurent Brossoit, but he hammered home the rebound, cutting the Jets' deficit in half. 

Sturm gets credit for the tally, but Greenway's work -- at the end of a shift no less -- is the play to remember.

2. The Jets were rolling early.

It took a grand total of 97 seconds for Winnipeg to open up a 2-0 lead on goals by Andrew Copp and Blake Wheeler. 

Copp's goal from the top of the left circle was well placed, hitting the crossbar and going into the net at the 59 second mark to get the Winnipeg crowd into the game.

Video: Wheeler, Copp lift Jets past Wild, 4-1

Less than a minute later, Wheeler got loose in the high slot and wired a quick one timer past Wild goaltender Kaapo Kahkonen for a two-goal lead. 

The game slowed considerably after that.

Kahkonen settled in and finished with 18 saves through 40 minutes of action before he was lifted for Mat Robson at the start of the third period. 

3. Robson saw (unofficial) game action for the first time in his pro career.

The former Golden Gopher signed with the Wild after the college season ended last season and joined Minnesota immediately, but never saw action in a game. 

After a strong summer and a good performance in his one game in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament, Robson entered cold at the start of the third period and was immediately tested by All-Star forward Mark Scheifele, who gained control of the puck at the hashes and had an open look. Robson calmly made the save and corralled any rebound, keeping the game at 2-0. 

Sturm would score a couple of minutes later to make a game of it, but the Wild couldn't find the equalizer before a late power-play goal by Josh Morrissey put the game out of reach. 

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