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Jets hang on to beat Wild


WINNIPEG—Josh Morrissey is doing a lot of things right for a young defenceman this season.

The 21-year-old rookie chalked up another good outing when his one-timer with 7:17 left in the third period lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild yesterday.

It was Minnesota's fifth-straight loss and came after the club had roared back from a four-goal deficit.

“You just can't say enough about Josh Morrissey,” lauded Jets' captain Blake Wheeler.

“That goal aside, just the type of hockey player he is, how smart he is as a player,” Wheeler added.

“He's being asked to play a little bit ahead of his age right now.”

Morrissey's fifth goal of the season through a screen by teammate Patrik Laine, hit the post, and went past Devan Dubnyk for his third game-winning marker.

The last time the Wild lost five in a row was the final five regular-season games last spring.

They only have two wins in their last 10 games.

Wild coach Bruce Boudreau was brief and to the point in his post-game analysis.

“Hey, listen, we stunk in the first," he said. ”We better come back in the second.

“Holy crap. It's not resiliency," he stressed. ”You make it sound like we're good.

“That's all. I'm done.”

Winnipeg built a 4-0 lead by 4:38 of the second after scoring on four of its first eight shots, but the Wild netted four-straight goals to tie it up heading into the third.

Morrissey said he and fellow blueliner Brian Strait, called up from the AHL's Manitoba Moose on Saturday, talked about him moving over a bit more to the middle to get a closer pass and easier one-timer.

“It was nice, our very next shift was the goal,” Morrissey noted.

“Not too many times when you talk about those things and it actually ends up working right away.”

Andrew Copp and Adam Lowry scored on Winnipeg's first and third shots, respectively.

Defencemen Ben Chiarot and Dustin Byfuglien also found the back of the net.

Lowry collected one assist while Mathieu Perreault and Wheeler each had a pair of helpers.

Wheeler's assists took him to 500 career points.

Chris Stewart scored twice while Charlie Coyle and Mikael Granlund also had goals for the Wild.

Connor Hellebuyck was pulled for the eighth time this season at the end of the second period after stopping 31-of-35 shots for the Jets (32-33-7).

Michael Hutchinson made 13 saves in relief.

The 48 shots was the most given up this season by the Jets.

Dubnyk stopped 16 shots for the Wild (43-22-6).

The Wild outshot the Jets 21-5 in the middle frame.

Wild centre Eric Staal, playing in his 1,000th NHL career game, was kept off the scoresheet.

“Tough under the circumstances the way we're playing here the last little bit, but in the overall grand scheme, it's a special moment, for sure,” Staal said of the milestone.

Elsewhere in the NHL, Montreal beat Ottawa 4-1, Calgary dumped L.A. 5-2, Chicago doubled Colorado 6-3, Pittsburgh blanked Florida 4-0, Columbus downed New Jersey 4-1, and Philadelphia edged Carolina 4-3 (OT).

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