Ondrej Pavelec's 34 saves along with Bryan Little's game winner lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 2-1 victory over the National Hockey League's top seeded Minnesota Wild at the MTS Centre.
The Winnipeg Jets were in tough against a Minnesota Wild team who came into Tuesday night's game riding a seven game winning streak.
That didn't seem to phase the Jets who have been remarkable at home, they entered the game having won eight of their past nine games in front of Manitoba fans and in the process they have outscored their opponents 30-18.
The first goal wasn't scored until the second period when Guillaume Latendresse found a lose puck in the crease and put it past a sprawling Pavelec for his fifth of the season putting Minnesota up 1-0 at 4:39.
"I really like the fact when they scored we really stepped up our fore check and we almost played angry that they got the first goal and we battled hard to get the second one which we eventually got," commented head coach Claude Noel after the game.
Tim Stapleton's speed up the left wing just about generated Winnipeg's first goal on a wrap around. Shortly after Stapleton's chance, Bogosian gloved down a Wild clearing attempt at the right point and wired a shot past Niklas Backstrom for his first goal of the season.
Dustin Byfuglien scored off a rebound towards the end the second period but the referee quickly waived it off because Kyle Wellwood interfered with the Wild net minder.
The game looked like it was playing right into the Wild's favor as they took a 1-1 tie into the second intermission. Sixteen of the Wild's 30 games have been decided by one goal, and the Wild have won each of its last nine one-goal games.
With 4:31 to go in the third period, Dustin Byfuglien set up Bryan Little's 11th goal of the season on the power play. Bryan Little is now on a seven-game point streak (5G, 4A) and a four game goal streak (4G).
Bryan Little said it was great to get back in the win column, "I had a feeling it was going to be a low scoring game the way both goalies were playing, its one of those game it feels really good to win especially after that game we had in Detroit,"
Little's power play goal looked like the final blow for the Jets. The Wild are 16-1-0 when not allowing a power play goal and only 4-6-3 when allowing one or more.
Bogosian was involved in a questionable hit on Pierre-Marc Bouchard towards the end of the game, which might warrant a suspension from the NHL disciplinary board of directors. Bogosian received a five minute boarding penalty and a game misconduct at 18:54 of the third period.
Ondrej Pavelec had the save of the night on Kyle Brodziak's point blank shot from the slot during the Wild's final offensive push. The Jets were able to hang on for the victory improving their record to 14-12-4.
Eric Fehr was a last minute start, but only saw 6:24 seconds of ice time and most of that came in the first period. Fehr was pushed into the lineup because defenseman Randy Jones was a last minute scratch due to injury.
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