- Category: Sports
- Created: Sunday, 19 March 2017 20:14
- Written by CBC Sports
Winnipeg hangs on after blowing 4-goal lead
By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 19, 2017 8:14 PM ET Last Updated: Mar 19, 2017 8:14 PM ET
Rookie defenceman Josh Morrissey's one-timer with 7:17 left in the third period lifted the Winnipeg Jets to a 5-4 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday.
It was Minnesota's fifth straight loss and came after the club had roared back from a four-goal deficit. 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.
Winnipeg had mounted a 4-0 lead early in the second period after scoring on four of its first eight shots in the game, but the Wild fired in four straight goals to tie it up heading into the third period.
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 and Mathieu Perreault and Blake Wheeler each had a pair of helpers. Wheeler's assists took him to 500 career points.
Chris Stewart scored twice and 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 10 saves in relief.