NHL: Matt Boldy, Wild hand Jets worst loss of season
Matt Boldy had a goal and two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a dominant 6-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday in Saint Paul, Minn.
It was the second straight win for Minnesota, and the first time this season the Wild have recorded consecutive wins on home ice.
Marcus Foligno had two goals, and Kirill Kaprizov and Calen Addison each had a goal and an assist. Joel Eriksson Ek and Matt Dumba each had two assists.
Mason Shaw recorded Minnesota’s other goal, opening the scoring at 8:20 of the first period. That was the Wild’s only strike until Addison and Foligno each scored within a 68-second margin in the first four minutes of the second period.
Kyle Connor had Winnipeg’s goal, scoring on his own rebound at 14:18 of the second period. The Jets seemed to have momentum heading into the third period, but the Wild put things out of reach with three goals in the final frame.
The Jets suffered their largest margin of defeat this season, and also had a new season high in goals surrendered.
Minnesota was 2-for-5 on power-play chances, as Boldy and Kaprizov both scored with the extra attacker. The Jets have had one of the NHL’s best penalty-kill units this season, yet they suffered a breakdown against a Wild team that was 0-for-14 on the power play in their previous five games.
Boldy ended a personal five-game point drought.
Kaprizov has nine points (three goals, six assists) over a seven-game point streak.
Filip Gustavsson stopped 28 of 29 shots for his third win of the season. Gustavsson’s night was highlighted by a tremendous save on Cole Perfetti in the second period.
Connor Hellebuyck allowed six goals on 39 shots. The Jets goaltender had surrendered only eight goals over his previous five games.
Jordan Greenway was in the Wild’s lineup for just the third time this season. Greenway has been sidelined by a pair of upper-body injuries.
–Field Level Media