ST. PAUL, Min. – Marcus Foligno scored twice 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 point streak to seven games with a power play goal 28 seconds into the third period.
It was Minnesota’s biggest margin of victory this season and arguably the team’s most complete game.
“It was a good attempt. Everyone was just looking forward to it,” said Foligno, who received a stick to the ear in the last minutes and had to be stitched. “It’s not always pretty, but you only get your points through team play.”
Foligno entered the season with just one goal, which came in Minnesota’s second game. The veteran winger scored on a rebound early in the third to give the Wild a 3-1 lead and added another lead midway through the period after a give-and-go play with linemate Joel Eriksson Ek.
Gustavsson made his third straight start in net with Marc-Andre Fleury still out with an upper body injury. His biggest save came midway through the second period when he pushed Cole Perfetti on a breakaway.
Connor Hellebuyck’s six goals allowed were the most he has given up all season. He came in with 2.07 goals per game, the second best in the NHL. Minnesota’s final goal elicited chants of “Sieve! Sieve!” from Wild fans.
Mason Shaw put the Wild up 1-0 in the first period just as Minnesota’s first power play was winding down. Shaw fired a shot from above the left circle that found its way through traffic and past Hellebuyck.
Wild defender Cam Addison scored his first goal this season and third of his career early in the second for a 2-0 lead.
Kaprizov’s power play goal was Minnesota’s first goal in six games. Boldy’s third inning goal also came on the power play.
“I think getting that first Kirill definitely helped us,” said Boldy. “A couple laughs in the group after the goal and says we finally have one. So of course it’s good to get one.”
Kyle Connor scored Winnipeg’s goal, a cracker that made it 3-1 in the second period.
The Jets were called for eight penalties, two of which led to power play goals for Minnesota.
“I think one of the concerns is the lack of discipline,” Jets coach Rick Bowness said. “That really bothered me tonight. Penalties at the wrong time. Covers at the wrong time. Yelling at the referees. Those things lead to other problems. But clearly not our best effort.”
Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin was scratched with a non-COVID-19 illness.
Prior to 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 this season for New York’s 35-year-old Reaves. He was a healthy scratch for eight of the Rangers’ last 12 games.
Wilde general manager Bill Guerin foresees Reaves will get plenty of playing time and likes the toughness he brings to the roster.
“He didn’t play regularly, but for us I just feel like what Ryan brings as a player, the way he plays his role is elite,” said Guerin. “Just as important as that is that he brings a lot of energy. He’s always full of energy. He’s a big 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 are teammates, that water will have to be under the bridge.
“Looking at our line-up now, we’re a solid line-up. We’re tough and we have to play like that,” said Foligno. “Having him here is a great addition.”
Jets: Play in Dallas on Friday.
Wild: Host the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday.