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 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 performance. 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.
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 ultimate 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. Wrong-time penalty shoot-out. Wrong-time substitution. Referee barking. Those things lead to other problems. But clearly not our best performance.”
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 just think what Ryan brings as a player is the way he plays his role, elite,” said Guerin. “As important as that, he has a lot of energy. He’s always full of energy. He’s a big personality. I think our team really needs that right now.”
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 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.