The Minnesota Wild deserved better than a 2-1 loss to the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday at the MTS Centre.

The Wild outshot the Jets 35-27 and controlled most of the play over the final two periods, including a 28-17 edge in shots in that time.

But, while tilting the ice toward the Jets goal, the Wild managed only a power play goal while giving up two.

The Wild scored first at the 4:39 mark of the second period when Guillaume Latendresse chipped a loose puck into a wide open net behind Ondrej Pavelec with a two-man advantage. Mikko Koivu and Dany Heatley worked a one-timer at the top of the circles to set up the rebound that lay at the top of the crease for Latendresse.

Koivu now has 17 points in the last 13 games, including at least one point in 12 of those games.

Heatley extends his point streak to seven games with the assist.

Mike Yeo said after the game that he felt his team was loose with the puck which created a back and forth game. He called it a 50-50 game.

The Wild (20-8-3) did not possess the puck as much as it did during the seven-game win streak. It also gave the Jets too much room while entering the zone, especially in the first period.

The Jets (14-12-4) got goals on a shot from the point that got at least five pairs of legs, including Niklas Backstrom, on its way to the back of the net and also on a backdoor play on an unfortunate power play. The Jets moved the puck very well side-to-side before Bryan Little put it into the open net behind Backstrom. The unfortunate penalty was a delay of game-puck over glass call on Clayton Stoner. He was just trying to get the puck out of the zone, but inadvertently sent it over the glass.

Backstrom faced only 27 shots, but had to make several outstanding saves to keep the Wild in the game.

The Wild lost Pierre-Marc Bouchard with just over one minute remaining when Zach Bogosian hit him face-first into the boards behind the Jets net. Bouchard was bleeding profusely as he was helped to the bench and then to the locker room.

Bogosian was given a five-minute major for a cross check into the shoulders of Bouchard that pushed his face into the dasher. Bogosian will be suspended for the dirty hit.

The Wild come right back with a home game against the Chicago Blackhawks Wednesday.

Three Stars

No. 3 – Bryan Little. The Jets forward scored the game-winning goal.

No. 2 – Niklas Backstrom. The Wild goaltender made several spectacular saves in the loss.

No. 1 – Ondrej Pavelec. The Jets goaltender stopped 34 shots, including a point-blank opportunity in the final minute.


Minnesota     0 1 0 – 1

Winnipeg       0 1 1 – 2

       First Period – None. Penalties – Latendresse, MIN (interference), 14:23; Byfuglien, WPG (roughing), 18:52; Brodziak, Min (boarding), 19:34.

       Second Period – 1, Minnesota, Latendresse 5 (Koivu, Heatley), 4:39 (pp). 2, Winnipeg, Bogosian 1 (unassisted), 8:37. Penalties – Thorburn, WPG (interference), 2:49; Glass, WPG (tripping), 4:11; Stoner, MIN, major (fighting), 10:19; Glass, WPG, major (fighting), 10:19; Schultz, MIN (tripping), 18:52.

       Third Period – 3, Winnipeg, Little 11 (Byfuglien, Wheeler), 15:00 (pp). Penalties – Stoner, MIN (delay of game), 13:00; Bogosian, WPG, major (boarding), 18:54; Bogosian, WPG, misconduct (10-minute).

       Shots on goal – Minnesota 7-15-13 35. Winnipeg 10-9-8 27.

       Goalies – Minnesota, Backstrom (25-27). Winnipeg, Pavelec (34-35). A – N/A. Referees – Chris Rooney, Justin St. Pierre. Linesmen – Brad Lazarowich, Don Henderson.