Roseau's Dustin Byfuglien had an active Game 1 for the Jets, leveling Minnesota's Joel Eriksson Ek in the second period, drawing a roughing penalty and picking up an assist on Winnipeg's first goal. "It's a hockey state for sure". So does Spurgeon, who played Monday for the first time since tearing a hamstring on March 13.
"We've had quite a few players out for quite a while here. And I think we work hard to fix those things". Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick. The previous four were when he played for Colorado and St. Louis, including the Blues' first-round victory last season. From there on, the Wild didn't get a sniff of the offensive zone. During the regular season, in his career, he has gone 53-26 with a 2.50 GAA in his home games and 31-18 with a 2.23 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Wild he has gone 5-2 with a 2.52 GAA. "I hope there are enough fans there to pump the boys up", he said.
New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 2 p.m. "When he shoots the puck, every chance, it's got a chance to go in". A Jets spokesman said the team would try flying to Minnesota again Sunday morning.
The Minnesota Wild look for a victory to tie up this series before returning home for game three on Sunday. But by no means is it, 'Oh, we're at home. "It's a free couple wins, '" Minnesota forward Zach Parise told reporters after the skate. "It's going to be very tough for us".
Game 4 was scheduled for Tuesday.
A representative from True North Sports and Entertainment confirmed that the team's flight was diverted Saturday to Duluth, Minnesota, a two and a half hour drive from Minneapolis. The Jets also cranked up their physical play Friday, outhitting the visitors 38-23. Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays.
Tyler Myers' 'freak accident' will test Jets' defensive depth
Fans are primed for these playoffs. The team's only post-season appearance since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011 was a sweep at the hands of Anaheim in 2015. "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".
Second-year defenceman Josh Morrissey admitted there are nerves, but mostly before the puck drops.
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.
They started partying on the street adjacent to Bell MTS Place in the afternoon, packed the arena by the time the teams came out for warmups and chanted "go Jets go" throughout the game.
Boudreau doesn't have to win it all to win the eternal gratitude of Wild fans; a genuine playoff run will do - one that doesn't end until Minnesota has been back to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2002-03. But Myers knows how quickly momentum can shift. We know the crowd is going to be very good. "You're kind of just going out there to play and sometimes that's a benefit for our team as well".