Matt Dumba ended a scoreless tie deep in the 3-on-3 overtime period to give the Wild its first win in the preseason. In a game that featured a top line of Jordan Schroeder - Charlie Coyle - Thomas Vanek because the normal top two lines played in a 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, one Niklas Backstrom stopped all 28 shots faced en route to the shutout victory.
Dumba scored at 4:12 of overtime to get the victory after Justin Fontaine threaded a needle of a pass to Dumba for the shot. Dumba played 25:23 minutes with 2 penalty minutes for a high sticking minor.
Backstrom made key save after key save in his first outing since January 14th, when he suffered the 7-0 loss at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He says he's as healthy as an ox this time around and the Wild are hoping he can provide something for the squad, especially if Darcy Kuemper can't seem to get his act together.
The Wild led in faceoff percentage all game long as Coyle, Tyler Graovac, Brett Sutter and Erik Haula combined for 56 percent faceoff win percentage.
Erik Haula's line during the first period had a couple solid stints of pressure in the offensive zone. By all accounts, he is really looking like a man possessed as he tries to place an abysmal 2014-15 season in the rear view mirror.
I really like Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers. The kid just oozes skill all over the ice and it would be a shame if they didn't keep him with the NHL squad. If he doesn't, rumor has it that he will likely go back to Europe and play.
Ondrej Pavelec, who is usually a liability, kept the Wild scoreless for 40 minutes before promising Jets goalie prospect Connor Hellebuyck entered for the third period to finish the game off.
It was a decent 1-0 victory by the Wild's youngsters over the Jets, who featured many of their regulars.