Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Patrik Laine plays air-violin after burying Wild in Game 2

Patrik Laine plays air-violin after burying Wild in Game 2

He regularly made fantastic saves to keep the Jets at two goals in what could have easily been a high scoring game for both teams.

The Wild are hoping for more of the same in Game 4. "I don't think we played as well as we can".

Alright Canada, it's that time of year... When things start to come undone offensively is when they fall into the over passing game.

The Winnipeg Jets came ready to play in game three.

"We were last night and we are tomorrow", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after his team's practice on Monday. "I think we showed pieces of our game, but I don't think we played to our level".

The Jets tried to fly to Minneapolis Saturday, got re-routed to Deluth, Minn., and ultimately returned for a good night's rest back at home. "The foundation is pretty well set". Just the timing of things. But that doesn't mean the 24-year-old Hellebuyck is feeling any pressure. "Going forward, I think keeping that physicality and wearing them down, I think more space will open up for us like it did last night and we'll get more chances".

"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.

Asked about the play after the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice told reporters that he wasn't a fan of the sequence but wouldn't take the bait when prodded about whether he thought it was a dirty play.

As the clock wound to a close in the third period, everyone in the building rose to their feet, providing the Wild with a 60-second standing ovation.

Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien threw two big hits nine seconds apart, the first on Wild forward Mikael Granlund in front of the Winnipeg bench, the second a slam that rocked Koivu into the boards behind Hellebuyck.

"He's a pretty laid-back guy". "I guess I catch him on the way down".

"We've had moments all year where we've needed to respond at certain points in the regular season, so it's no different [now]", Stall said. Minnesota had just six regulation losses at home during the regular season, which was tops in the National Hockey League.

The Winnipeg Jets will play host to the Wild and look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Now with Minnesota at home, it can bank on the fact it also has had a dominant season on its home ice.

The Jets didn't make excuses.

The Winnipeg Jets face the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center in Game 4 of the postseason's first round.

"We know how big Game 3 is (on Sunday)", Jason Zucker said.

The former first-round pick (ninth overall, 2014), who scored 86 goals in two seasons with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec major junior league, went through a similar funk earlier this season.

The Jets have plenty of reasons to be motivated and quicker on Tuesday.

Shots on goal in the final two periods were 31-8 Jets. Myers had to be helped off the ice and did not return.

"No, honestly, I did not punch his knee", Foligno said of the interaction with his former Buffalo Sabres teammate. "I'm definitely going to be looking at the replays because the crowd went nuts". There was no punching motion. "I've shot on him a lot this past summer and he's always a very good goalie".

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