Jets stifle Wild to take 2-0 series lead


Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is keeping it simple.

The modern Winnipeg Jets franchise entered this spring without a playoff win in its history.

The crowd, however, got even louder when the Jets scored first. "If you're not looking, it's going to happen".

"It was a bad turnover".

The street party will be held before and during every home playoff game the Jets play.

Winnipeg Jets players congratulate Connor Hellebuyck after their victory in Game 1. "We're going to do our best to make this a series and compete".

Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien were credited with assists. "He's fit in seamlessly with our group".

After pounding in the final nail in the Wild's coffin in Game 2 on Friday, the Jets" super sophomore temporarily turned his stick from a goal-scoring weapon into a musical prop as he "played the violin' directly in front of Minnesota's bench during his celebration fly-by.

Still, the team was trailing by only a goal in the third. And that led to the Flyers' first goal of the playoffs - a deep shot from Shayne Gostisbehere.

Byfuglien dealt a handful of crushing blows Friday, highlighted by a second-period hit on Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu.

Slowly, calmly, the Jets returned to the form they had shown in the third period of Game 1 when they came from behind to claim victory.

Boarding call leads to Flyers' first goal of the playoffs Just about 18 minutes into Game 2 of the Pens-Flyers matchup, Pittsburgh's Zach Aston-Reese found himself in the penalty box for boarding, with Philly's Ivan Provorov doing a little acting to seal the deal.

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The Winnipeg penalty was a roughing infraction on Byfuglien, who was active with a team-high three shots on goal through two periods.

Through all the best-of-sevens played since 1939 in the National Hockey League, teams that go ahead 2-0 win the series 88% of the time.

The Jets control the play in the opponent's zone for an entire shift, and when the other team finally gets the puck on its stick they are gassed. Paul Stastny scored at 7:42 of the third period to extend the lead. "We gotta respond in Game 3 and get the job done on our ice".

"We were able to give ourselves a chance a grab a lead there and even when it's tied we were still in good shape", said Parise.

"I think we want him to use his speed and kind of fill in for Matty (Perreault)", Little said.

True North said it also plans to raise the height of the screen located at the north end of Donald near Portage so fans can see the game better.

"I think they're going to come out with a real strong push", Jets centre Adam Lowry said.

Laine's tying goal came 53 seconds later after Jets center Paul Stastny absorbed a hit to give Laine some time and space.

Hellebuyck needed only 16 saves. He beat Jason Zucker down the boards and bested goalie Devan Dubnyk on the blocker side over this right shoulder.

Laine scored at the 4:51 mark of the third period and the Jets went on to win 3-2 on Wednesday night.

"We've got to play a lot better than we have in the first two", Parise said. These players now will have the confidence to play their game for the rest of the series.

Minnesota is competing in its sixth-straight post-season. Minnesota created very little offence in Games 1 and 2, managing a total of just 37 shots and, despite playing a middle-clogging defensive style, were unable to prevent the Jets from firing 84 shots on goal and putting the puck in the net seven times.

Fans are primed for these playoffs. "He's really young. He gets on the puck and he has the hands to be good around the net".