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Wild night: Minnesota scores 4 in 2nd period to beat Jets

| Sunday, April 15, 2018, 10:31 p.m.
ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 15: Marcus Foligno #17 and Daniel Winnik #26 of the Minnesota Wild celebrate a power play goal by teammate Mikael Granlund #64 against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on April 15, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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ST PAUL, MN - APRIL 15: Marcus Foligno #17 and Daniel Winnik #26 of the Minnesota Wild celebrate a power play goal by teammate Mikael Granlund #64 against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period in Game Three of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Xcel Energy Center on April 15, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Mikael Granlund and Zach Parise scored power-play goals in the first period for the spark Minnesota was missing on the road, and the Wild used a four-goal second to roar back in the first-round playoff series with a 6-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday night.

The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 in Game 4 at home Tuesday night.

Jordan Greenway scored his first NHL goal just 20 seconds after Eric Staal sent a wrist shot past a struggling Connor Hellebuyck, who was pulled for Steve Mason at the second intermission.

Matt Dumba and Marcus Foligno bookended the furious middle frame with goals for the Wild, who won a postseason home game for only the second time in their last nine contests. Mikko Koivu and Nick Seeler each had two assists, and Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves, keeping the crowd loud all night.

Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets.

After overtaking the Wild with two third-period goals to win 3-2 in Game 1 and dominating the action in Game 2 on the way to a 4-1 victory, the Jets hit some minor turbulence for the first time in the series. The blizzard that blanketed the Twin Cities forced their charter flight to land in Duluth on Saturday afternoon and return to Winnipeg for the night. The Jets skipped the customary morning skate and arrived Sunday about eight hours before faceoff.

Whether or not the Jets were actually affected by the weather hardly mattered, given the way the Wild greeted them after a lackluster performance in Game 2.

The only shot the Jets sent on target over the first 11-plus minutes was the one by Wheeler that went in, a wide-angle attempt on the power play that hit Jonas Brodin's stick and fluttered toward Dubnyk. The puck hit his glove and fell in the corner of the net, a soft goal if there ever was one.

The Wild snapped right back, though. Koivu took the initial shot that set up both goals in the first period, with Granlund waiting for the rebound on the first one. Parise freed himself from a tie-up in traffic with Jacob Trouba to move in position for the redirect of the second one.

The second period went from bad to worse for the Jets, trailing 5-2, when Myers was checked by Foligno and caught his skate at the bottom of the boards. He needed help off the ice and into the locker room and did not return.

Notes: The Wild set a franchise postseason record for goals in a home game. Their high was a 7-2 victory at Vancouver in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals on May 5, 2003. … After clinching their first-round series with a win in Game 6 at Xcel Energy Center in 2015 over St. Louis, the Wild lost both home games in a sweep by Chicago. Then they went 1-5 on their own ice in the playoffs over the last two years in series losses to Dallas and St. Louis. … Jets center Mathieu Perreault missed his second consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Defenseman Toby Enstrom and center Matt Hendricks have yet to play in the series because of a lower-body injury. … Wheeler recorded the third postseason goal of his career in 28 games. Seven of those are with the Jets. … Hellebuyck's first career NHL victory came at Minnesota on Nov. 27, 2015. He made 16 saves.

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