Wild Get Back in Series with win against Jets

Hope Soto
April 19, 2018

The arena's collective blood pressure quickly spiked, with the Jets menacing on consecutive power plays and threatening to seize control.

The Atlantic Division champions scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn's third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period.

The club hopped back on the plane early Sunday morning and landed roughly eight hours before puck drop.

"All the matchups were hurting us [Friday]", Boudreau said. "So this travel thing is a non-issue as far as I'm concerned". "We showed that tonight". And don't expect any panic desperation or frustration from Winnipeg when it resumes the best-of-seven, opening-round series Tuesday night.

Swallowing a huge chunk of injured workhorse Ryan Suter's minutes, 23-year-old defenceman Mathew Dumba took Saturday's practice off and is reportedly playing banged up.

"It's all about the will and Winnipeg has will right now", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said before the game. "He is OK. He should be well-rested for [Sunday night]". He better be ready go. Patrick Laine and Tyler Myers each notched a goal and an assist, while Jack Roslovic had two assists.

Eric Staal, Minnesota's shot leader during the season, with 241, has three.

The next area that needs to be addressed and I am truly not sure Boudreau will ever do this but he needs to manage the minutes that Koivu is playing. He'd played 38 games for the Canadiens.

"Granny's a great playmaker".

Traffic flow was manageable, the statement said. "If we don't have anything, just make a simple play".

On Saturday the Jets' flight to the Minneapolis-St.

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The next test: do they know enough to see an opponent down, and not let it up?

"They're staying pretty patient". Can they get back on track? Like other sports, you have to win one in the other team's building.

"If you come with speed, they're in trouble".

He was the only one in green and white during Game 2 to match Winnipeg's high level during its dominant 4-0 win, when the Wild were completely overwhelmed by the Jets and the moment at raucous MTS Bell Centre. They've got a 66 per cent 5-on-5 Corsi through two games (source: naturalstattrick.com), tops in the National Hockey League in Round 1. "You're kind of just going out there to play and sometimes that's a benefit for our team as well". "Our forwards have been extremely hard in not giving them any clean ice to make passes on breakouts".

"That's the style we want to play".

After being acquired via trade this offseason, Ennis played in 73 of 82 games during the regular season.

"He's been incredible", said teammate Adam Lowry.

"I think you're always trying to change inside of a series, and when you get familiar with a team".

"When we wake up tomorrow, you look back and say: 'OK, which parts of the game did we do well.' And we'll be able to look at a lot of that tape and say we did really well".

The Wild nearly scored early in the second period on a shorthanded break that Connor Hellebuyck somehow kept out.

"He's doing it all", marveled Lowry. "Playing with (Jared Spurgeon) and (Nate Prosser) has been great". He's using his size effectively. "We're going to lose one once in a while". Mikko is so responsible and does so much for this team, but in the third period he was gassed but Boudreau had him on the ice for the entire last few minutes with Dubnyk on the bench for the extra attacker. "We have to have everybody on board to execute and respond".

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