Deflected goal gives Jets win against Wild, Curry

Dan Myers  - NHL.com Correspondent | Sunday, 12.28.2014 / 12:16 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild might want to think about investing in new stanchions behind the nets at Xcel Energy Center.

The same piece of glass that ended Minnesota's season in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in May struck again Saturday against the Winnipeg Jets.

Andrew Ladd was credited with the game-winning goal at 2:47 of overtime, giving the Jets a 4-3 win. But again it was the stanchion that provided the critical bounce.

Ladd's shot from the slot missed, but the puck caromed off the back glass, off the top of the net and rolled down goaltender John Curry's back into the net for the winner.

"That was one of the better bounces I've ever seen someone get," Jets forward Bryan Little said. "I mean, off the glass, off the net, off his head ... I've never seen anything like that before."

Jets coach Paul Maurice said, "It was deserving. He took a real nasty high-stick and was bleeding real hard on the bench. He wouldn't come off the bench and he scores the overtime winner. He was bleeding there pretty good, and I wasn't sure we were going to be able to keep him on the bench and he wouldn't come off. That's what I like about this team."

In Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinal against the Chicago Blackhawks last season, Patrick Kane fired a puck off the same stanchion. It deflected right back to Kane in front, where he scored into an open net for the series-clinching goal.

"Not surprised by anything," Wild forward Zach Parise said. "We have to snap out of this. That's a team we're chasing and we need to win these games."

Minnesota (16-13-4) has lost five in a row and six of its past seven. Curry started for Minnesota after Darcy Kuemper fell ill before the start of warm-ups. Curry made 19 saves in his 2014-15 season debut.

"I think we could have hit the net better," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "For a team that needs results, it's easy to sit here and try to paint positive pictures, but what we need to do is build our game, and this was a step in the right direction."

The Wild took a 1-0 lead on a first-period goal by Mikael Granlund, capping a give-and-go with Jason Pominville. The latter passed entering the zone to Granlund heading to the slot, where he snuck the puck under goalie Michael Hutchinson at 16:03.

Winnipeg (19-10-7) tied the game 7:17 into the second period on an off-speed backhand by Little that slipped through Curry's five-hole.

"You just try and throw pucks at [Curry], see if he has weaknesses," Little said. "It's dangerous sometimes. A guy could be playing his best hockey, he's nervous, he's excited. You might look at the scouting report a little bit, but that's not going to change how you approach the game."

The Jets took a 2-1 lead early in the third period after Curry left a rebound. Adam Lowry, battling in front, poked at the loose puck at 1:52.

Pominville scored from the top of the right circle at 10:38 to tie the game 2-2.

After a holding penalty on Ladd, Blake Wheeler scored shorthanded, ending a 2-on-1 rush with a tip-in at the top of the crease at 12:09.

Less than a minute later, Thomas Vanek tipped a point shot by Jared Spurgeon, tying the game at 3-3 at 12:41.

Hutchinson finished with 22 saves and is 9-2-2.

"The goalie played good, and I don't think it was easy for either guy because there was some strange stuff going on," Maurice said.

Minnesota got more bad news following the game when Yeo said Granlund and defenseman Jonas Brodin are out indefinitely after each sustained an upper-body injury being checked into the boards during the third period. Granlund returned to the game shortly after the injury occurred and assisted on Pominville's goal. Brodin left the game and did not return.

"It's adversity. We'll have to battle through it and find a way," Pominville said.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
16:03MIN Mikael Granlund (4) ASST: Jason Pominville (18) 1 - 0 MIN
2nd Period
07:17WPG Bryan Little (14) ASST: Andrew Ladd (15), Grant Clitsome (4) 1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
01:52WPG Adam Lowry (5) ASST: Evander Kane (8), Matt Halischuk (3) 2 - 1 WPG
10:38MIN Jason Pominville (8) ASST: Stu Bickel (1), Mikael Granlund (11) 2 - 2 Tie
12:09WPG SHG - Blake Wheeler (11) ASST: Evander Kane (9), Dustin Byfuglien (12) 3 - 2 WPG
12:41MIN PPG - Thomas Vanek (6) ASST: Jared Spurgeon (8), Marco Scandella (6) 3 - 3 Tie
OT Period
02:47WPG Andrew Ladd (12) ASST: Bryan Little (11) 4 - 3 WPG
Three Stars of the Game
Andrew Ladd
Andrew Ladd
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 21:43
Jason Pominville
Jason Pominville
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 20:37
Blake Wheeler
Blake Wheeler
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 0Hits: 0
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 20:09
Penalty Summary
1st Period
05:48MIN Stu Bickel  Fighting (maj) against  Chris Thorburn
05:48MIN Ryan Carter  Tripping against  Adam Pardy
05:48WPG Chris Thorburn  Fighting (maj) against  Stu Bickel
07:53MIN Ryan Carter  Interference
10:27WPG Adam Pardy  Interference against  Zach Parise
18:20WPG Anthony Peluso  Cross checking against  Ryan Carter
2nd Period
3rd Period
07:10WPG Dustin Byfuglien  Interference against  Mikael Granlund
11:09WPG Andrew Ladd  Holding against  Charlie Coyle
14:59MIN Marco Scandella  Tripping against  Bryan Little
16:43WPG Paul Postma  Tripping against  Ryan Carter
OT Period
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays0/31/5
Faceoff Wins3233
Blocked Shots1418
Penalty Minutes1511
2A. PardyD0010217:03
4P. PostmaD0022214:53
9E. KaneL0225019:45
14A. PelusoR000124:59
15M. HalischukR0112012:30
16A. LaddL1112221:43
17A. LowryC1011012:49
18B. LittleC1111020:35
19J. SlaterC000008:52
22C. ThorburnR000054:41
23J. HarrisonD0010021:42
24G. ClitsomeD0131023:24
26B. WheelerR1013020:09
33D. ByfuglienD01-11227:36
55M. ScheifeleC00-12016:34
63B. ChiarotD00-20017:03
67M. FrolikR00-11019:21
85M. PerreaultC00-11017:57
34M. Hutchinson2225.88062:47
3C. CoyleC00-20018:39
4S. BickelD0102510:21
6M. ScandellaD01-11221:47
9M. KoivuC00-22023:15
11Z. PariseL0016020:47
14J. FontaineR000008:14
18R. CarterL000048:11
20R. SuterD00-10032:14
21K. BrodziakC0001011:02
22N. NiederreiterR00-20019:24
24M. CookeL00-11013:58
25J. BrodinD00-11015:12
26T. VanekL10-13015:47
29J. PominvilleR1103020:37
44J. FalkD00-1009:44
46J. SpurgeonD0113029:41
56E. HaulaC00-11011:48
64M. GranlundC1121014:27
33J. Curry1923.82662:47