Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
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Jets throw weight around against Wild

Jets throw weight around against Wild

"If they do win and it's tied 1-1 going to Minnesota, that's not going to shake us".

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. Whether you get beat bad or whatever, you still have to win one and it doesn't matter if it's now, the fifth, or the seventh. "We know where the Jets stand, and rightfully so".

When the Penguins managed to put the puck on net he stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced in what was one of the best postseason performances of his career. "When you're the favorite, everybody expects you to be flawless, and everybody expects you to win in four (games)".

The Jets got an injection of energy with rookie Jack Roslovic making his playoff debut in place of Mathieu Perreault, who suffered an upper-body injury in Game 1. Eric Staal should produce, but the Wild will need Zach Parise to be on another level to have a shot.

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.

Winnipeg was a very solid offensive team this year as they ranked 2nd in the league in scoring at 3.33 gpg, while also ranking 14th in shots taken (32.2 spg) and 5th in power play conversions, converting on 23.4% of their chances.

"We got the win and that's all I care about, especially this time of year,"Hellebuyck said".

"That is one of the things I had to say". 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.

After Jets centre Paul Stastny made a smart play to delay at the blue line after Wild defenceman Matt Dumba stepped up to hit him before dropping the pass for Laine, who walked into the slot and ripped a shot over the glove of Devan Dubnyk.

Winnipeg won 3-2 on Wednesday night. Game 3 is Sunday night, April 15, in St. Paul.

"It's nice to have won one now because that was kind of what people talked about before - this team has never won a playoff game, they've only been there twice", said Bryan Little, who joined the team in 2007-08. "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". Winnipeg defenceman Dustin Byfuglien - 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds - had Wild forwards cringing as they entered his territory, having seen teammate after teammate turned into rink-board advertising.

Myers scored with 11:19 remaining in the second period, darting toward the net from the right side and sending a shot that Dubnyk didn't get a good read on.

Midway through the game, former Calder Trophy victor, defenceman Tyler Myers walked around Minny's Jason Zucker, before shifting his way directly to the Wild cage, and burying a quick snapshot past the near-unbeatable Devan Dubnyk.

It was a scoreless first period, though the Jets held a 13-4 edge in shots on goal.

The Wild will have to ramp up a big segment of their play, considering they didn't get a shot on goal for the last five minutes of the second period and the first 15 minutes of the third.

Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck faced seven high-danger scoring chances - a lot of them off the rush - and only two quality shots from the Wild's top line of Eric Staal, Jason Zucker and Nino Niederriter.

"I think we view this as a missed opportunity", Cullen said. "I'm definitely going to be looking at the replays because the crowd went nuts".

Winnipeg Jets players congratulate Connor Hellebuyck after their victory in Game 1.

Myers was dinged again for roughing forward Charlie Coyle 33 seconds after his goal, but the Jets kept the pressure on with some hustle and hits.

Winnipeg Jets' Joe Morrow crushes Minnesota Wild Jordan Greenway during second period, Friday. Copp's goal, to make it 3-0, came less than two minutes later.

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