|Date of game: 12/27/2014
Recap: Minnesota vs. Winnipeg
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - After a back-and-forth third period, a fortunate bounce helped Winnipeg top Minnesota 4-3 in overtime on Saturday.
Andrew Ladd's shot went way over the net, but the puck caromed off the glass into the crease. Minnesota goalie John Curry backed up looking for the puck and knocked it into the net to end the game.
"It was a bad bounce," Curry said following his season debut. "We deserved to win. I just wish I made one more save."
The Jets also received goals from Bryan Little, Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler to win their fourth game out of their last five.
Michael Hutchinson made 22 saves on 25 shots in the victory.
"We had a little bit of a hard time moving the puck," Jets coach Paul Maurice said. "I don't think neither team felt comfortable with the lead. There was some strange stuff going on. It was not an easy game to play goal."
Curry stopped 19-of-23 shots in goal for Minnesota after Darcy Kuemper was ruled out with an illness.
Goals from Mikael Granlund, Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek were not enough to keep the Wild from losing their fifth straight game.
The two teams will conclude the home-and-home set in Winnipeg on Monday.
Winnipeg broke the 1-1 deadlock at the 1:52 mark of the third period. Curry left a rebound in the slot after an Evander Kane slapshot, and Lowry was the first to find the loose puck before backhanding it by Curry to give the Jets their first lead.
In a span of two minutes halfway through the final period, three goals were scored, including two on special teams. Pominville's slapshot from along the boards beat Hutchinson's glove to tie the game at 2-2, and Minnesota quickly drew a power play with a chance to get in front.
Instead, Dustin Byfuglien forced a turnover that led to a 3-on-2 short-handed breakaway. Wheeler connected with Kane and then drove to the net to redirect the return pass by Curry to put Winnipeg ahead again.
Minnesota would even the score again 32 seconds later on the same power play. Jared Spurgeon fired a slapshot from the blue line, and Vanek deflected it with his stick by Hutchinson to knot the game at 3-3.
The Wild struck first late in the opening period with a give-and-go from Granlund and Pominville. Granlund received the return pass from Pominville in the slot and shifted the puck to his forehand to wrist it by Hutchinson.
Cycling the puck after winning an offensive zone faceoff, the Jets were able to even the score in the second. Grant Clitsome's shot from the point was blocked in the slot, and Little picked up the loose puck and backhanded it through Curry's pads.Game Notes
In the season series so far, each team has claimed a 4-3 win in overtime ...
Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault lost an eight-game point streak ... Kane played
in his 350th NHL game ... The Wild had eight shots in all three regulation
periods ... Minnesota was 1-for-5 on the power play, and Winnipeg was 0-for-5.