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Minnesota 4, Winnipeg 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, January 13, 2018
Where: Xcel Energy Center, Saint Paul, Minnesota
Referees: Trevor Hanson, Chris Lee
Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Brian Murphy
Attendance: 19207
Matt Dumba scored two goals while Mikael Granlund added a goal and an assist as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets 4-1 on Saturday night in Minnesota.

The Jets were coming off a tough 2-1 loss in Chicago and were trying to improve to 4-0 versus Minnesota.

However, the Wild came out strong early, thanks to a 23-shot first period where it took an early lead, and Winnipeg couldn't come back.

The Wild held a 2-0 lead after two periods but the Jets cut the lead in half when Mathieu Perreault scored 47 seconds into the third with assists from Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien.

For Byfuglien, that was his 300th career assist.

However, Dumba answered with goals at 6:23 and 13:32. Dumba took a slick between-the-legs pass from Marcus Foligno to score his first goal and added the second for some insurance later in the period.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnak earned the victory with 32 saves as Minnesota held a 41-33 edge in shots

Foligno and Charlie Coyle each added two assists.

Minnesota controlled play throughout much of the first two periods. The Wild had three power plays in that first period and four in the first two, finding a number of scoring chances.

Granlund helped with each of the first two goals. He scored the initial goal by redirecting a Ryan Suter shot past goalie Connor Hellebuyck 8:47 into the game.

Granlund got good position right in front of the goalie and tipped Suter's shot from near the right point past Hellebuyck for the power-play goal.

The Wild took advantage of a fortunate bounce for its second goal. Granlund fired a puck toward the goal from the right side and it went wide. However, the puck bounced off the end boards and came right to Jason Zucker for the easy tap-in and a 2-0 lead 5:40 into the second period.

That was the first time Zucker has scored a goal with a goalie in the cage in 17 games, His only other score during that stretch came on an empty-netter.

-- Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
 
Winnipeg   Minnesota
Mathieu Perreault 1 Points Matt Dumba 2
Mathieu Perreault 1 Goals Matt Dumba 2
Dustin Byfuglien 1 Assists Charlie Coyle 2
Mathieu Perreault 1 Power Play Goals Mikael Granlund 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Connor Hellebuyck .902 Save Percentage Devan Dubnyk .970
Connor Hellebuyck 37 Saves Devan Dubnyk 32
Team Stats Summary
 
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Winnipeg 33 1 1-2 3-4 8 31
Minnesota 41 4 1-4 1-2 4 27
Upcoming Games
  • Minnesota will play their next game at home against Vancouver. The Wild have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .571 after a loss.
  • Winnipeg will play their next game on the road against Calgary. The Jets have a W/L % of .538 after a win and .600 after a loss.