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Jets ready for tougher test as series shifts to Minnesota

16 April, 2018, 03:26 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Joe Morrow pulls Minnesota's Matt Dumba off Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck

But coaches and players know that, in itself, isn't enough.

The Minnesota Wild and Winnipeg Jets meet Friday in game two of the NHL Western Conference First Round Playoffs at the Bell MTS Place.

And even then there was no push back by the Wild. If the Wild doesn't want this series to end the way those did, this is a must win.

"It's gonna be big", Eric Staal said. During the regular season, he was 35-23 with a 2.52 GAA and a.918 save percentage on the year overall, including 13-13 with a 2.97 GAA and a.907 save percentage on the road.

The concept of a whiteout was less fun for the Jets come Saturday, as they tried to make their way to the Twin Cities for Game 3.

A representative from True North Sports and Entertainment confirmed that the team's flight was diverted Saturday to Duluth, Minnesota, a two and a half hour drive from Minneapolis. They plan to try again Sunday morning.

The Wild were given a chance to stay in the game - and the series - via a strong performance from goalie Devan Dubnyk, but even during the first 50 minutes or so when Game 2 was close, it still wasn't close. It has lost three straight games only once this season, with consecutive losses to Chicago (at home) and at Boston and Toronto in early November. And one of the three goals came when down 4-0 with 44 seconds remaining.

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Coach Bruce Boudreau hopes to see that same response starting Sunday. "The guys care a lot, and they're a resilient group, but, most of all, they're competitive and they care". "And they're a resilient group". "I'm definitely going to be looking at the replays because the crowd went nuts". "And I think we work hard to fix those things".

The fists began to fly in the final ten seconds of the game, but little could be done to curb the damage already done by Winnipeg. For Boudreau, it was also about lifting the spirits of a team that has struggled to mount any offense.

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. "But it's not like losing, getting down 0-2 in your own building and then having to go to their building". "I don't think we played as well as we can".

"It's nice to get that off our backs and, hopefully, we get a lot more". Thursday, with the rest of the series kicking off, we got big nights from the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, an overtime collapse by the Washington Capitals and a physical 3-0 victory by the San Jose Sharks over the hot Anaheim Ducks. "I'm not going to speculate on whether we're going to use him or not use him".

"Unfortunately, I didn't get a good look", Hellebuyck said about the hit on Koivu. "It's beginning to be a bad habit of ours". They've got a 66 per cent 5-on-5 Corsi through two games (source: naturalstattrick.com), tops in the National Hockey League in Round 1.

Perreault was roughed up on multiple occasions during Game 1 on Wednesday before he ultimately left the ice for good after logging just 6:52 of ice time.



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