National Hockey League 1st round playoff action on Friday evening and a pair of teams from the Central Division will square off as the Minnesota Wild pay a visit to the MTS center in Winnipeg, Manitoba to rumble with the Winnipeg Jets in game two of their best-of-seven series. Game 3 is Sunday at Minnesota.
Little had said earlier in the day that he hoped his team could go up two-games-to-none against the more-experienced Wild.
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The Golden Knights were outshot by their Pacific Division foe, but they have an advantage entering Game 2, with Kings defender Drew Doughty officially suspended for his Game 1 hit on William Carrier. 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 played OK, but... we took a huge step (Friday).
Winnipeg outshot Minnesota 13-4 in the scoreless first period.
Winnipeg lost forward Mathieu Perreault in the third period to an upper-body injury.
"Going into the one in 2015", said Jets centre Adam Lowry, "we were scratching and clawing just to get into the playoffs".
"We went over some video today", said defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who offered some words of encouragement for Soucy.
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. Laine then finished up Winnipeg's scoring with 2:02 left in the game with his second playoff goal in as many games.
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"Unfortunately, I didn't get a good look", Hellebuyck said with a chuckle of the Koivu hit. The way the guys played tonight in front of me, we blocked I don't know how many more shots tonight than we did the other night. With the Minnesota net empty and the Wild on a six-on-four man-advantage, Zach Parise redirected a point shot into Winnipege's net, ruining Connor Hellebuyck's bid for his first career playoff shutout.
-It took a while for Game 3 to end, with scrums breaking out in the waning minute. "It's nice to get that off our backs and, hopefully, we get a lot more". "It's been a long time since they've been able to go home in a good mood after a playoff game".
It is nearly never any one particular thing that goes into a win, and on Friday there was a lot that went right for the Flyers that went wrong in the first game. 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.
Dubnyk didn't have to stop a Winnipeg shot until seven minutes had passed.
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.
Four of the game's goals came in the third period. "After the first shift, I sat on the bench, caught my breath and gathered my thoughts and I was ready to go". Both teams killed off second-period penalties before Winnipeg struck on its second power play.
Myers got the puck at the point in the Wild zone, made some moves to get around forward Jason Zucker and sent a sharp-angled shot past Dubnyk on the blocker side at 8:41 of the second period for the 1-0 lead.
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.