Well, you could say that was a wild third period.
The Minnesota Wild scored four unanswered goals in the period to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 on Friday afternoon.
Nino Niederreiter got the Wild started three minutes into the third when he took the puck the length of the ice and netted a wrist shot from the top of the left faceoff circle past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck. It was Niederreiter’s third goal of the season.
A little more than halfway through the period, Eric Fehr tied the game when he tapped a loose puck in the air past Hellebuyck. The goal was Fehr’s fourth of the season.
Eric Staal gave Minnesota the lead with 2:31 remaining as he scored his ninth of the season. Staal positioned himself in front of the net and jammed in a pass from Matt Dumba to put Minnesota up 3-2.
With Hellebuyck pulled for an extra skater, the Wild took advantage of the Jets’ empty net with Zach Parise’s 10th goal of the season. Praise backhanded a shot along the boards at center ice to seal the game for the Wild.
The win gives the Wild 30 points for the season as they hold second place in the Central Division. The Jets had a chance to tie the Wild in points, but they remain stuck at 26 points after losing their second game in a row. They fell to fourth in the division after Colorado’s victory Friday night over Arizona.