Despite 0-2 Hole, Wild Optimistic as Series Comes Home

Illegal checks common early in playoffs

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The team has been forced to stave off opponent power plays for 8.9 minutes per game over their last 10 matchups, overall.

Teh Jets, meanwhile, beat up on Wild 4-1 to take a 2-0 series lead to Minnesota. Like other sports, you have to win one in the other team's building.

There is something solid, something genuine about this Winnipeg team, a quality that Canadians may just be beginning to realize as they tune in to Jets hockey in earnest for the first time. "You look at what Blake does every night, he drives the ship for us", forward Adam Lowry added.

"When you're the favorite, everyone expects you to be ideal", Boudreau said. But being a pro also means you've traveled this road before, seen a similar movie somewhere down the line, and you know what it means to be without defenceman Ryan Suter and the 26:46 of quality defensive ice time each night. The difference of course is that the Wild did not make those turnovers count on the scoreboard.

Veteran Jets defenceman Tyler Myers, who scored the first goal in Friday's win, said Saturday he wasn't too anxious about Winnipeg's young players dealing with the pressure. "It's the playoffs. Trying to finish your checks, and unfortunately I took a penalty". "We'll be better (in Game 2 on Friday)". "Everyone expects you to win in four; and sometimes it's a little too much pressure for players to handle".

"Once you get out there and get playing the game and get into the feel of the game and make a pass or a hit or something like that, you just feel like you're playing", he said.

Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick.

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For the second straight game, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien leveled a critical check - upending captain Mikko Koivu to interrupt Koivu's bid at a shorthanded goal. "He's fit in seamlessly with our group. Somebody who's kind of on the outskirts, or in and out a bit".

The fans stood for the final two minutes as the Jets protected the one-goal victory.

With the Jets down 2-1 in the third period, Laine let go a wicked shot into the top corner to put Winnipeg back into the game.

About 9,000 fans lined Donald Street on Friday night for the second Winnipeg Whiteout Street Party.

If the Wild can steal a Game 2 win, they still have a tremendous shot at winning this series.

Dubnyk made a save on a blast from Scheifele, while two of Laine's trademark blasts from the right circle went wide of the net and the other was blocked by Nate Prosser's arm.

When the Penguins managed to put the puck on net he stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced in what was one of the best postseason performances of his career.

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When the second period ended, Winnipeg had outshot the Wild 27-14 and were ahead 28-18 in hits. If you thought Minnesota looked overmatched and soft in losing to St. Louis in five games in the opening round last season that was nothing compared to what happened in Winnipeg. Desperate, the Wild had Spurgeon on the ice for 20 minutes, 19 seconds against the Jets. Paul Stastny scored at 7:42 of the third period to extend the lead.

"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", Parise said. We are not 100 per cent healthy, but it's getting pretty close and I really that. They got swept by Anaheim in 2015. "Now we've robbed them of everyone that they've got, and that's a different story".

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.

"I think we view this as a missed opportunity", Cullen said. "It's been a great season so far, we just want to keep it going".

"We've had quite a few players out for quite a while here". In his career (regular season), he has gone 30-29 with a 2.61 GAA on the road 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. The goal - Myers' first of the playoffs - brought the Winnipeg crowd to its collective feet, and remained the difference in the game - for the foreseeable future.

Murray actually managed to get his right pad on Couturier's shot from in front but the puck popped up, caromed off Letang and into the net 47 seconds into the second.

This series features two of the best goalies in the National Hockey League.

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