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Associated Press, Published November 17 2013

Wild slip past Jets for victory

ST. PAUL – Mikko Koivu scored two goals, including the winner with 2 minutes, 12 seconds remaining, and the Minnesota Wild extended their winning streak to four games with a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

Josh Harding made 21 saves for his 12th victory.

The Wild have an eight-game points streak (7-0-1) and pulled into second place, two points behind Chicago, in the Central Division. They also extended their home winning streak to six games and are 10-1-2 at home.

The Jets had a four-game winning streak snapped.

Koivu doubled his goals total for the season. He scored his third goal of the season in a first period dominated by Minnesota, which held the Jets to just two shots on goal. Koivu corralled a pass from Zach Parise in the slot and sent a quick wrist shot past Ondrej Pavelec at 16:37.

Parise’s assist gave him 13 points in his past 12 games.

The Jets rebounded with a strong second period, outshooting the Wild 14-8, but didn’t score until Dustin Byfuglien, parked in the crease, deflected a slap shot from Bryan Little to tie the score at 1-1 just 54 seconds into the third period.

Koivu put the Wild ahead at 16:48 of the third. He one-timed a pass from Charlie Coyle, who fought off a check from Keaton Ellerby in the right corner, to the short side of the net, slipping it past Pavelec.

The Jets pulled Pavelec with just under a minute to play, but didn’t manage a shot on goal.

Winnipeg 0 0 1 – 1

Minnesota 1 0 1 – 2

First period: 1, Minnesota, Koivu 3 (Parise, Scandella), 16:37.

Third period: 2, Winnipeg, Byfuglien 4 (Little, Wheeler), :54. 3, Minnesota, Koivu 4 (Coyle, Suter), 16:48.

Shots on Goal – Winnipeg 2-14-6 – 22. Minnesota 9-8-7 – 24.

Goalies: Winnipeg, Pavelec. Minnesota, Harding. A – 18,283 (17,954). T – 2:24.