Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Fans Fired Up For Wild's 6th Straight Playoff Appearance

Fans Fired Up For Wild's 6th Straight Playoff Appearance

We have to take care of business at home.

The Jets received scoring off the stick of Tyler Myers in the second with Paul Stasny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine finding the scoring column in the third period.

"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", Little said.

"You guys are trying to make it sound like we're not tryin'", he said to the Minnesota press, grilling poor Boudreau like a summer rib eye. However, their top power-play unit, featuring Crosby, Hornqvist, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Justin Schultz, which paced Pittsburgh's League-best 26.2 percent power play during the regular season, hasn't scored on eight chances in the series. Minnesota wanted to make a statement early and they did, up 5-0 in shots and dominating during a power play - yet they could not get a puck past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, he of the Vincent Price goatee and eyebrows. "Four games straight. We're going for it", said Curtis Stewart, a hardcore jets fan who dressed in a white full-body suit tagged with Jets logos. "I still think I can come away and have a better game". "The guys played so well in front of me, there's no fault".

Game 2, played Friday night at Bell MTS Place, was just as loud, just as much a "whiteout", but far more hockey, much of it spectacular. Most coaches would have changed something between Games 1 and 2 because, well, that's just what you do when you lose a game, whether it's actually needed or not. "Once the nerves settle in, you've got to just play your game and just do what you've got to do", said Roslovic. Puckdrop is set for 6:00 P.M. central time on Sunday, while Tuesday's game will get underway at 7:00 P.M. central, also found on Sportsnet. I feel like we've been playing on three-quarters of the rink for two games now. They had five shots on goal at the five-minute mark of the first period and 12 more the rest of the way.

Though Jared Spurgeon is still considered a game-time decision, it looks as if the valuable Wild defenseman is going to suit up for Game 1. The Penguins were 0-for-4 with three shots on goal with the extra man Friday.

Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien were credited with assists.

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"We went over some video today", said defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who offered some words of encouragement for Soucy.

From that point on Elliott looked like a completely different goalie, and even when he seemed to be beaten things still managed to go his way. Both teams killed off second-period penalties before Winnipeg struck on its second power play.

Gostisbehere sent a shot from the point that made its way through a Nolan Patrick screen, between Murray's legs and into the net with 37 seconds left in the opening period to end Murray's shutout streak at 225:49, the fourth longest playoff shutout streak in the last 28 years.

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 finished the second period with a Corsi-for rating of 81 percent - an unprecedented mark worthy of a seat in the fancy stats Hall of Fame.

Copp made it 3-0 at 9:24 when he redirected in Bryan Little's shot.

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