Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series.
Minnesota players have been sent to the penalty box 3.8 times per game in total this season, and 5.2 per game over their last five games.
The Wild clearly enjoyed being at home for the first time in the series and are looking to build upon the success they had in Game 3 as they attempt to even the series.
The Winnipeg Jets had a goofy travel day Saturday but landed in Minneapolis about 10:15 a.m. today, well in advance of tonight’s pivotal National Hockey League playoff game. We were good in the first two, (the Wild) didn’t like their game.
“We had a time in Washington, one time we had a noon game, Pittsburgh couldn’t get in, they bussed in 10 hours before the game and outplayed us”.
Winnipeg Jets forward Blake Wheeler (26) is congratulated after opening the scoring against the Minnesota Wild in Game 3 of the clubs’ opening-round series.
Devan Dubnyk has proven capable of putting the Wild on his back and carrying the team to victory, so his talent isn’t to be overlooked.
On Saturday, it took a force of nature to stop the Winnipeg Jets. Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves on 22 shots for the Jets.
“We saw cars going into the ditch. It’s how we respond to the next one”.
On top of grabbing a 2-0 series lead and outscoring the Wild 7-3 through the first two contests, Winnipeg has outshot Minnesota 83-37 while holding a 78-56 edge in hits during what has been a good old fashion drubbing for the Jets so far. The Jets flew into Minnesota earlier on Sunday after being rerouted because of snow on Saturday.
Whether or not the Jets were actually affected by the weather hardly mattered, given the way the Wild greeted them after the lackluster performance in Game 2. “They protected home ice and now we have to try to go back and do the same in our building”.
Winnipeg only got one shot on goal on the power play, but the momentum – and hits – carried on and Myers scored at 8:41 to make it 1-0.
Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay, which is up 2-0 in the series after going 0-2-1 against the Devils during the regular season.
“And then he shut the door”. Sunday night, Bruce Boudreau called it desperation. Did anyone really think the Jets were going to sweep this series?
The Wild snapped right back, though. It’s a free couple wins, ‘ ” Parise said. Marcus Foligno scored to end the period and the lead was now 6-2. “We even saw a postal auto flip over”, said Winnipegger Ben Ramos, who got up early Saturday morning to start the drive to the Twin Cities in an effort to beat what started as a blizzard and turned into a 48-hour snowfall.
Hynes wasn’t ready to discuss whether he’ll change starting goaltenders for the next game. “We’ve got to play good once, and we’ve got to have that on Monday”. “It’s not as if we can just go in and expect an easy game”. When you turn the pucks over in the middle of the ice. Maurice had no update on the defenseman’s condition, but without elaborating he suggested the injury could have been avoided. “He’s on the pucks, he makes plays in traffic”, Staal said. The Wild also simply looked a lot better.
“I don’t really want to get into details because I’m putting this one behind me”, said Hellebuyck.