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Jets shoot down streaking Wild

Dec 14, 2011 - 5:44 AM
Winnipeg, MB (Sports Network) - Bryan Little scored the game-winner late in the third period, and Winnipeg survived a scare in the final minute to down Minnesota, 2-1, at MTS Centre.

Zach Bogosian also scored for the Jets, who have won five of their last six and put together a solid defensive showing after a 7-1 loss at Detroit on Saturday.

Ondrej Pavelec recorded his 11th victory of the season with a 34-save performance.

"I thought the game was a good game, and it was nice to win that game," said Winnipeg head coach Claude Noel. "It would be tough for anybody to lose a game like that. I thought what was really good was the emotional level from both teams was real high."

Guillaume Latendresse netted the lone goal for the Wild, whose seven-game win streak came to a halt. Niklas Backstrom played well in defeat, making 25 stops.

"That's not really indicative of how we've had our success," said Minnesota head coach Mike Yeo. "I thought we were pretty loose in a lot of areas, in particular with how we played with the puck. We just left a little too much open ice for them and a little too much back and forth. When you do that you turn it into a 50/50 game."

Winnipeg took a 2-1 edge with five minutes left as Little stood alone at the left side for an easy tap-in from a Dustin Byfuglien pass.

Backstrom was called to the bench for an extra skater with 1:20 to play, and Minnesota enjoyed a 6-on-4 for the final 66 seconds after Bogosian was given a major and game misconduct for boarding after pushing Wild forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard into the dasher behind the Winnipeg net.

Pavelec made a point-blank stop on Kyle Brodziak seconds later, adding two more stops in the final seconds to preserve the narrow decision.

Latendresse ended the scoreless deadlock at 4:39 of the second period when he tipped in a loose puck that resulted from Pavelec diving to stop a Mikko Koivu blast.

Bogosian tied the score at 8:37 with his first goal of the year, gloving down an errant clear and ripping a shot through traffic from the right point.

Game Notes

The last time clubs from Minnesota and Winnipeg met, it was a 7-6 Jets victory over the North Stars on February 28, 1993...The current Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise extended its win streak to three games over the Wild...Bouchard left the game assisted by a team trainer, while holding a towel to his face.