Byfuglien scores OT winner as Jets edge Wild

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WINNIPEG —; Dustin Byfuglien’s talents had his teammates and coach singing his praises on Tuesday.

Byfuglien scored 4:00 into overtime as the Winnipeg Jets snapped the Minnesota Wild’s six-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory.

Minnesota defenceman Jared Spurgeon turned the puck over in Winnipeg’s end and Byfuglien grabbed the loose puck and skated down the boards alone. As Wild defenceman Ryan Suter started coming across toward him, Byfuglien ripped a shot over goalie Devan Dubynk’s blocker.

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Jets coach Paul Maurice called it a “spectacular” goal.

“You’ve got to take a look at that goal and where he got that shot off from. I’m just not sure how many guys can do that,” Maurice said.

Toby Enstrom scored in regulation and Michael Hutchinson stopped 29 shots for Winnipeg (28-18-10), which has won back-to-back games and has points in its last four outings (2-0-2).

Jason Pominville had the lone goal for the Wild (26-20-7), who got a 32-save performance from Dubnyk.

“I knew my guy was down, and in a four-on-four it’s a man-on-man type of thing,” Byfuglien said.

“I knew I was going to have room and I just had my head up and (saw) the shot.”

Spurgeon blamed himself for the giveaway.

“It was a horrible play by me,” he said. “I saw Mikko (Koivu) there and obviously didn’t put it hard enough and (Byfuglien) read my pass, chipped it out and made a nice shot. I let the team down.”

Dubnyk said Byfuglien has a “dangerous shot.”

“When I see him coming down, I want to make sure I get out on him because he can tee it up, too,” he said. “When he got in tight, I thought he was going to take it to the net and go his backhand. I flattened out a little bit and he kind of flicked his wrists over and made a pretty nice shot, so you’ve got to give it to him.”

Byfuglien’s talents and versatility have been on display this season.

He started off as a forward, but got to play 26 games at his preferred defensive spot from Dec. 5-Feb. 2 after the Jets were hit by injuries along the blue-line.

Four games ago, Byfuglien was moved back to forward after Evander Kane was scratched and then had shoulder surgery last weekend.

With a smile, Maurice said Byfuglien was playing defence “at the time he scored the goal so he wants that on the record.”

After two scoreless periods, the Jets got on the board with Enstrom’s third goal of the season at 7:53. Enstrom’s shot from the point was tipped in past Dubnyk by Minnesota winger Nino Niederreiter for the 1-0 lead.

Pominville tied it up just over two minutes later when teammate Zach Parise created a turnover in front of Winnipeg’s net and Pominville fired his shot past Hutchinson at 10:22.

Minnesota didn’t get its first shot on goal until 6:41 of the first period, when the gap became 10-1 in Winnipeg’s favour. The period ended with the Jets outshooting their Central Division rivals 15-8.

Both goalies made some key stops in the second period, with Hutchinson kept busy as the Wild upped their shots on goal to close Winnipeg’s edge 24-21.

Mathieu Perreault assisted on Enstrom’s goal, extending his points streak to three games with one goal and four assists.

Pominville’s unassisted goal was his 11th of the season. He also had a goal in Minnesota’s 5-3 win over Vancouver Monday after going 12 games without finding the back of the net.

The Jets head on the road to play two division rivals this week, starting with Nashville on Thursday and Dallas on Saturday.

The Wild host Florida on Thursday and Carolina on Saturday.

Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Winnipeg Jets gets tripped up into the net behind goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild during second period action at the MTS Centre.

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Jordan Schroeder #10 of the Minnesota Wild and Adam Pardy #2 of the Winnipeg Jets keep an eye on the play during second period action at the MTS Centre.

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Goaltender Michael Hutchinson #34 of the Winnipeg Jets is congratulated by teammate Andrew Ladd #16 after backstopping the Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild.

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Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild guards the net as Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets attempts a wrap-around during first period action.

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Toby Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets plays the puck away from a fallen Nino Niederreiter #22 of the Minnesota Wild during third period action at the MTS Centre.

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Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets battles for position against Nate Prosser #39 of the Minnesota Wild in front of goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 as they keep an eye on the play at the point during second period action.

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Ben Chiarot #63 of the Winnipeg Jets stands up on defense as Kyle Brodziak #21 of the Minnesota Wild tries to carry the puck down the ice during second period action on February 10, 2015 at the MTS Centre.

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Goaltender Devan Dubnyk #40 of the Minnesota Wild looks into the net after Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Winnipeg Jets scores the overtime winner.

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Winnipeg Jets players mob teammate Dustin Byfuglien #33 after he scored the overtime winning goal against the Minnesota Wild on February 10, 2015 at the MTS Centre.

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Dustin Byfuglien #33 and Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrate Byfuglien’s overtime winner against the Minnesota Wild.

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