Down 2-0, Wild faces 'huge' game against Winnipeg

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2018

Defensively, the Minnesota Wild are allowing 2.8 goals per game and are killing 81.3 percent of their opponents power plays. The other Jets goal scorers were Paul Stastny and Andrew Copp. That's how Friday night went for Minnesota. I've played there a bunch of times and that building gets loud. "I think it's sometimes you don't know any better and don't have that experience, you don't have that fear of what could go wrong".

"I think we're going to take the first game down there".

Not sure if anyone else noticed that one of the many icings the Jets had in thos last couple minutes Koivu was the first player back for the Wild.

"You never want to get down to 0-3 hole", Eric Staal said.

The setting is familiar, and the home ice at Xcel Energy Center has been good to the Wild all season. That's why when he was unexpectedly offered a ticket for Sunday's matchup, he couldn't believe his luck, Morton said, adding his kids are a bit upset they won't be tagging along.

The Jets this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game (22.5).

Scott Brown, a spokesperson for Jets owner True North Sports & Entertainment, confirmed Saturday afternoon the Jets' plane, en route from Winnipeg to Minneapolis, was diverted to Duluth, Minn., about a 250-kilometre drive away. They plan to try again Sunday morning.

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Jared Spurgeon returned last game and looked pretty good considering he had not played in a month. "We're really only focused on home games at this point", the spokesman said.

"I think the fans recognize that we have a real shot of going deep this year and maybe even bringing home the (Stanley Cup)".

Game 4 was scheduled for Tuesday. Next door to Bell MTS Place, a block was closed for a street party, highlighted by the game shown on two giant screens for fans in the NHL's smallest market.

After pounding in the final nail in the Wild's coffin in Game 2 on Friday, the Jets" super sophomore temporarily turned his stick from a goal-scoring weapon into a musical prop as he "played the violin' directly in front of Minnesota's bench during his celebration fly-by. The old Jets, who are now the Coyotes, won plenty, but all the playoff history this Winnipeg organization had since moving from Atlanta to Manitoba in 2011 was a four-game sweep at the hands of the Ducks in 2015.

In the franchise's only other playoff appearances since joining the National Hockey League in 1999 in Atlanta, the club was swept in 2007 by the New York Rangers and 2015 by Anaheim.

"They're coming in with confidence and that's all you can ask from the young guys", Myers said.

Second-year defenceman Josh Morrissey admitted there are nerves, but mostly before the puck drops. It's not as if we can go in there and get an easy game. A year ago he managed a.925 save percentage against the St. Louis Blues and this time around he's kept them in both games. Regardless where the game is we're going to have to play much better (on Sunday) than we have in the first two games.

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