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NHL: Winnipeg 4, Minnesota 3 (SO)

Feb. 16, 2012 at 11:43 PM   |   Comments

ST. PAUL, Minn., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Evander Kane scored twice in regulation and then tallied again in the fourth round of the shootout Thursday to give the Winnipeg Jets a 4-3 win over Minnesota.

Blake Wheeler produced a first-round shootout goal for the Jets but Erik Christensen kept things alive for Minnesota by scoring in the third round.

After Winnipeg goaltender Chris Mason stopped Dany Heatley to open the fourth round, Kane put a wrist shot past Niklas Backstrom to snap the Jets' two-game losing streak.

Kane tied it at 1-1 with 1:13 to go in the first period and put the Jets in front early in the second, giving him 21 goals for the season.

Minnesota took a 3-2 lead on goals by Devin Setoguchi in the second period and Mikko Koivu in the third, but Alex Burmistrov lifted Winnipeg back into a tie with 17 minutes left in regulation.

All three Winnipeg regulation goals came on slap shots. Mason was credited with 22 saves.

Backstrom stopped 24 shots.

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