WINNIPEG - In the last two meetings between the Winnipeg Jets and the Minnesota Wild, both teams combined for 19 goals. For all intents and purposes, there was only one goal that mattered last night.
Mark Scheifele’s 11th goal of the season 8:57 into the first period was really all the Jets needed as they skated to a 2-0 win over the Wild in a spirited affair at Canada Life Centre. The game which got away from the referees early featured two heavyweight fights between Adam Lowry and Marcus Foligno; the last one featuring a blatant knee to Lowry’s face when the two tussled on the ice. The linesmen and referee overtop of the two players seemed to be auditioning for the WWE with the lack of a call to Foligno, who caused trouble throughout the game.
The Jets sealed the game with Nate Schmidt’s empty net goal with 71 seconds to go. Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 27 shots he faced for his 27th career shutout, breaking his eight game winless streak. The Wild haven’t been shut out this season and ended their six game win streak with last night’s loss.
The Jets once again hit the road for a weekend road trip against Dallas and Nashville. Friday’s game in Dallas is at 7:30pm (TSN3, 680 CJOB/Power 97).
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