Marcus Foligno scored two goals and Filip Gustavsson made 28 saves as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets 6-1 on Wednesday night.
Matt Boldy added a goal and two assists for the Wild, and Kirill Kaprizov extended his scoring streak to seven games with a power play goal in the 28th second of the third period.
It was Minnesota’s biggest lead that season and perhaps the team’s most complete game.
“It was a good effort. Everyone was really into it,” said Foligno, who put a stick to his ear in the final minutes and had to have stitches. “It’s not always nice, but you only score through team play.”
Foligno started all season with just one goal, which came in Minnesota’s second game. The veteran winger scored a rebound early in the third game to put the Wilds 3-1 ahead and added another mid-half in a give-and-go game with linemate Joel Eriksson Ek.
Gustavsson made his third straight start at the net while Marc-Andre Fleury was still out with an upper-body injury. His biggest save came midway through the second third when he stuffed Cole Perfetti in a breakaway.
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The six goals allowed by Connor Hellebuyck was the most he has given up all season. He ranked second in the NHL with 2.07 goals per game. Minnesota’s final goal drew chants of “Sieve! Sieve!” by Wild fans.
Mason Shaw gave the Savages a 1-0 lead in the first half as Minnesota’s first power play was up. Shaw fired a shot over the left circle that found its way through traffic and past Hellebuyck.
Fierce defender Cam Addison scored his first goal of the season and third of his career early in the second for a 2-0 lead.
Kaprizov’s power-play goal was Minnesota’s first in six games. Boldy’s goal in the third game also came on the power play.
“I think Kirill definitely helped us get the first one,” Boldy said. “A few laugh in the scrum after the goal and say we finally got one. So of course it’s good to get one there.”
Kyle Connor had the Winnipeg goal, a wrister that made it 3-1 in the second half.
The Jets were called for eight penalties, two of which resulted in power-play goals for Minnesota.
“I think one of the concerns is the lack of discipline,” said Jets coach Rick Bowness. “That really bothered me tonight. Penalty at the wrong time. Sales at the wrong time. Bark at the referee. These things lead to other problems. But definitely not our best.”
Wild defender Jonas Brodin has been scratched by a non-COVID-19 illness.
Before the game, Minnesota acquired veteran forward Ryan Reaves from the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick in 2025.
Ice Age has been hard to come by for 35-year-old Reaves in New York this season. He’s been a healthy scratch for eight of Rangers’ last 12 games.
Wild general manager Bill Guerin envisions Reaves getting plenty of playing time and likes the toughness he brings to the roster.
“He hasn’t played regularly, but for us I think what Ryan brings as a player is the way he plays his role, elite,” Guerin said. “As important as that is, he brings a lot of energy. He is always full of energy. He’s a great personality. I think right now that’s something our team really needs.”
Foligno recalled getting into a fight with Reaves during Minnesota’s first game of the season. Now that the two teammates are, the water needs to fall under the bridge.
“If we look at our lineup now, we are a powerful lineup. We’re strong and we have to play like this,” said Foligno. “Having him here is a great addition.”
Nozzles: Play in Dallas on Friday.
Wild: host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.