Wild beat Jets 4-2, extends point streak to 11 games

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Marc-Andre Fleury made 46 saves and the Minnesota Wild extended their hitting streak to 11 games with a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday night.

Wild are 9-0-2 in their last 11 games. Fleury has wins in his last four starts.

Marcus Foligno had a goal and an assist, and Frederick Gaudreau, Ryan Hartman and Mason Shaw also scored for the Wild (37-21-7). Oskar Sundqvist and Jake Middleton each had two assists.

Logan Stanley and Nino Niederreiter scored for the Jets (36-26-3), who are 2-7-2 in their last 11 games. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 19 shots.

The win moves the Wild into a tie with the idle Dallas Stars atop the Central Division. The Jets remain in fourth place in the division and hold the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference, three points behind the Edmonton Oilers and four ahead of Calgary.

Minnesota was coming off a 1-0 shootout loss Tuesday night at home against the Calgary Flames, and it showed early.

The Wild didn’t get their first shot on goal until 8:49 in. The Jets had six shots at that point and Fleury made some historic saves.

Foligno scored with his team’s third shot of the period, firing the puck from the high slot over Hellebuyck’s right shoulder at 14:14.

The period ended with the Jets leading 15-5 in shots on goal.

Four goals were scored in the second period, including three in a span of 86 seconds.

Gaudreau started it at 7:06 when he beat Hellebuyck with his 12th goal of the season to make it 2-0.

Stanley scored his first goal of the season and third of his career 30 seconds later off a rebound. It was the defenseman’s 15th game of the injured season.

Hartman made it 3-1 at 8:31 with a shot that went between the sticks of Hellebuyck.

Niederreiter’s 20th goal of the season marked his 400th career NHL point. The former Minnesota skater scored after a puck bounced off a Wild player directly to him and past Fleury with 2:45 left in the period. He also extended his point streak to four games (two goals, two assists).

The Jets outshot the Wild 34-16 in two periods.

With Hellebuyck pulled for the extra forward, a Jets turnover gave Mats Zuccarello the puck and he passed it to Shaw, who scored into the empty net with 38 seconds left.

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The Wild entered the game scoreless for 170 minutes, 57 seconds in regulation and overtime. They had previously scored in the first period of a 2-1 win at Vancouver last Thursday.

When Stanley scored Winnipeg’s goal at 7:36 of the second period, it was the first goal Minnesota goalies had allowed in a total of 198:33.

It follows

Wild: At the San Jose Sharks on Saturday in the second game of a four-game road trip.

Jets: At Florida Panthers on Saturday in opener of three-game road trip.

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