Down 2-0, Wild faces 'huge' game against Winnipeg

Lynette Rowe
April 16, 2018

After winning the first two games of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild at home in front of the whiteout crowd at Bell MTS Place, the Jets were unable to travel to St. Paul, Minnesota ahead of Game 3 of the best-of-7 series at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS, FS-N+). The goal - Myers' first of the playoffs - brought the Winnipeg crowd to its collective feet, and remained the difference in the game - for the foreseeable future. The other Jets goal scorers were Paul Stastny and Andrew Copp.

"I'm hoping there will be lots of Jets fans there, regardless we will be very loud and vocal to support our team, and we are wearing white!", emailed Wazny, a season ticket holder for last two seasons and fan since the days of the original Jets who got tickets for Game 3 as soon as the playoff schedule was released. "I don't know about the weather", he said.

"If you're playing in Antarctica", Boudreau quipped in the hours leading up to Game 3. I think we needed to just come out and have that intensity that we have had in the past two-to-three weeks of the season just to make it here. Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. In 18 seasons between Atlanta and Winnipeg, the Thrashers/Jets have made the postseason twice and still haven't won a game.

The series now shifts back to Minnesota, where the Wild will need a massive turnaround in order to get back in the series.

Saturday's practice included a lot of work on play through the neutral zone, a problem in Games 1 and 2. The Jets have won 11 games in a row at home, a streak that dates back to February.

"Whenever you get that start you want to take advantage of that opportunity", said Elliott.

"It's all part of the learning process for the new guys, and the veteran guys who've had that experience before can help out".

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The Jets' plane returned to Winnipeg, so the club flew to Minnesota Sunday.

The Wild lost in regulation just six times in 41 home game this season. "What I mean by that is we can say we had strong pushes in certain things, but I think we did take a step tonight. He's on the pucks, he makes plays in traffic", Staal said.

Game 4 was scheduled for Tuesday. Certainly there is for the ownership and management, and probably more than anything, the fans that saw two different versions of the Winnipeg Jets.

On Friday, Byfuglien played a team-high 23 minutes, 51 seconds. With AP Photos.The good news for the Tampa Bay Lightning is they're up 2-0 on New Jersey in the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs and still haven't played their best.

A couple of early afternoon and evening flights to Minneapolis from Winnipeg's Richardson International Airport were cancelled due to the weather.

"Yeah", Hellebuyck said when asked if he was disappointed in not posting a shutout. "They've been unreal for us throughout the first two games here". "It's trying to win a game for your teammates, and your friends, and the guys you spend so much time with together over the year".

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