Whiteout diverts Jets from MN playoff game

Sergio Conner
April 15, 2018

"It washes them away and you get to enjoy it in front of a crowd like this and a city like this".

Acquired from the St. Louis Blues before the trade deadline, Stastny is competing in his fifth career playoff series against the Wild. He's plus-four so far these playoffs, and get this - he's now put up 25 points in 26 postseason games in his career. He also played in the American Hockey League from 2012.

Joel Eriksson Ek was noticeably absent from practice yesterday, and hoping that it was just a precautionary measure after the huge hit he took from Dustin Byfuglien in game one. "He's fit in seamlessly with our group".

But, really, Washington could have been more efficient with him if it wanted to. "Somebody who's kind of on the outskirts, or in and out a bit".

Patrik Laine also scored for the Jets, but the game was finished before this goal. He kept trying hard shots that rarely troubled Devan Dubnyk in the Minnesota net.

Laine scored at the 4:51 mark of the third period and the Jets went on to win 3-2 on Wednesday night. They are bigger and meaner, score 3.3 goals a game and, in Connor Hellebuyck, have a goalie who has won his past nine starts (2.37 goals-against average, .919 save percentage). Prior to making the Conference Final last season with Ottawa, the Edmonton product had been to the playoffs four other times and never made it out of the first round with Calgary or Toronto.

Jets centre Bryan Little has been with the franchise since 2007-08.

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"We knew that Winnipeggers wanted somewhere to come and celebrate, we knew they were going to come out to be a part of the celebration, we didn't quite know how many would come out".

But the real turning point, and the point in the game where it seemed obvious that it was going to be a better night for Elliott and the Flyers, came when he stopped Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, fresh off of a Game 1 hat trick, on a breakaway midway through the second period to preserve what was at the time a two-goal Flyers lead.

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.

"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 don't think we've got any room for rest". We know the crowd is going to be very good. We've played two solid games and sort of have limited their time and space with the puck.

One thing that could give his team a slight advantage in the series is the fact that the Wild enter with a combined 748 games of postseason experience on the roster and the Jets have 282.

Fans are primed for these playoffs. "Our game won't change, the things that we want to accomplish on the ice, but it's going to feel different on the bench".

Minnesota's Mat Dumba, Head Coach Bruce Boudreau's chosen replacement for injured defensive stalemate Ryan Suter, spent an astonishing 9:35 on the ice in the opening frame for the visitors - a benchmark just shy of two minutes more than the Jets' icetime leader, Ben Chiarot.

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