Jets blow third-period lead, lose to Wild in OT

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Scott Billeck

Connor Hellebuyck of the Winnipeg Jets makes a save as Kevin Fiala of the Minnesota Wild looks for the rebound in the third period at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday. Photo by Harrison Barden /Getty Images Article content

With five minutes left in the third period, the Winnipeg Jets were cruising to the first win of the season in their first game back in the Central Division in more than 600 days.

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Then they imploded. Massively.

“It’s a tough way to lose a hockey game when you’ve got a two-goal lead in the third,” Jets forward Kyle Connor said.

Indeed.

The Jets remain winless to start the 2021-22 season, dropping to 0-2-1 after a 6-5 decision in favour of the Minnesota Wild in overtime at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday night.

Joel Eriksson Ek completed the hat trick at 3:30 of the extra frame, building off his game-tying goal with 59 seconds remaining in the third.

The Jets led 5-3 after Pierre-Luc Dubois broke a 3-3 deadlock on the power play at 4:19 into the final period of regulation.

Andrew Copp, one-third of Winnipeg’s newly-formed No. 1 line with Blake Wheeler absent and in COVID protocol, put the Jets in the driver’s seat with this third point of the night…

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