Monday, 19 November, 2018

Jets dispatch Wild for 2-0 series lead

Jets top Wild 3-2 in playoff opener Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets, 4-13-2018 - Pick and Prediction
Cary Erickson | 14 April, 2018, 10:27

Benjamin: It was nice to see such a big year from Staal, and the Wild have a couple guys, like Joel Eriksson Ek, who could be primed for a playoff emergence, but there's just way too much high-powered talent - starting with Laine - on the Jets to ignore Winnipeg's momentum, which is unfolding a year ahead of schedule.

Former Capitals center Mathieu Perreault was knocked out of the Winnipeg Jets' playoff opener against the Minnesota Wild, Wednesday night.

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.

On Friday, Byfuglien played a team-high 23 minutes, 51 seconds. When the second period ended, Winnipeg had outshot the Wild 27-14 and led 28-18 in hits.

This week, both teams will start going head-to-head, with the Jets eyeing an immediate surge with their youth movement and the Wild desperately longing to get over the hump.

Kadri was tossed from Toronto's Game 1 loss at Boston for boarding Wingels, and Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson was thrown out of their overtime victory at Washington for a hit from behind that injured Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny.

Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is keeping it simple.

But that's not all he does.

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.

Tonight the Wild need to generate more shots on goal and as simple as that sounds it needs to be their M.O. going forward. He picked up an assist both nights filtering a ideal pass from behind the net to Stastny for the eventual game-winner.

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For the second straight game, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien leveled a critical check - upending captain Mikko Koivu to interrupt Koivu's bid at a shorthanded goal.

"He's played like that for a big chunk of the season", Maurice said.

The Winnipeg Jets had just kicked Minnesota's hind ends to Portage and Main and back, and there was Boudreau, fielding the questions about what plan he had to turn the battleship around in time for Game 3 on Sunday. We played OK, but... we took a huge step (Friday). But he didn't score and that seemed to draw a lot of the concern. In the postseason, goals are usually harder to come by and the adrenaline of the moment brings hard hits that cross the line; a year ago, Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed a game with a concussion after a cross-check to the head from the Capitals' Matt Niskanen .

Here's a look at each team's projected odds to advance via SportsLine, not to mention their odds to win not only their conference, but also the Stanley Cup.

This game was at 1-0 before the teams headed to the 3rd period where they scored four goals combined.

"I've had a major roller coaster of an National Hockey League career so far", Morrow, 25, said. "It washes them away and you get to enjoy it in front of a crowd like this and a city like this".

Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period to propel the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

"In a tie game like that, when the crowd is maybe sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for something to happen, that wakes everyone up", Stastny said.

Four of the game's goals came in the third period. The Jets have won 11 games in a row at home, a streak that dates back to February. "You just try to be aggressive and play it just like any other breakaway". If the hits are there, take it. "The expansion's actually going to help us with safety".