Byfuglien lifts Jets over Wild

Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) – Dustin Byfuglien went coast-to-coast and
scored the deciding goal with 1:00 remaining in overtime as the Winnipeg Jets
pulled out a critical 2-1 victory over the surging Minnesota Wild.

The Wild came in on a six-game winning streak and were within six points of
the Jets in the Western Conference playoff race, but Winnipeg earned the key
extra point as Byfuglien created a turnover in the Minnesota zone, went
unabated the other way and beat Devan Dubnyk up high with a wrister.

Toby Enstrom scored in regulation while Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves in
the win, the Jets’ second straight following a six-game slide.

Jason Pominville scored the lone goal for the Wild, who received a 32-save
effort from Dubnyk.

The Jets controlled a scoreless first period to the tune of a 15-8 shot
advantage, while the Wild had several quality chances and come up empty in the
second.

Minnesota was three minutes removed from killing off its fourth penalty when
Enstrom’s shot from the point caromed off Nino Niederreiter’s
stick. Byfuglien did not get credit for an assist but provided a critical
screen in front of Dubnyk.

The goal came at the 7:53 mark of the third, but the Wild tied it less than
three minutes later when a loose puck between the circles was cleaned up by
Pominville, who ripped a slap shot into the back of the net.

Game Notes

The season series is tied 2-2 with all four games being decided by one goal
… Dubnyk fell to 8-1-1 since joining the Wild in a trade last month …
Before the game, the Wild announced forward Jason Zucker is expected to miss
the next three months due to a broken collarbone, while forward Ryan Carter is
out at least one month with an upper-body injury.