When he went down to the U.S. Saturday morning, he was accompanied by his father, Don Smith, and step-mother, Alana Brownlee, who will also be watching Game 3 live with him.
Winnipeg might have an advantage if this one comes down to the wire.
"That was the time we said, 'We have a good hockey team here, '" said Gallant, who was hired by the Golden Knights on April 13, 2017.
Although this will be the Golden Knights' first post-season appearance as a team, Gallant notes there are players who have valuable National Hockey League playoff experience, including No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury. But the sting came in the third period when they went 2-1 down. Both teams are loaded with highly skilled professionals trained to force their opponents into making mistakes.
Patrik Laine also scored for the Jets, but the game was finished before this goal.
The Jets had 43 shots compared to the Wild's 17. The Wild have allowed 3.41 gpg on the road for the year, but Devan Dubnyk has a 2.61 GAA in his career in the postseason and a decent 2.75 GAA in his career against the Jets.
Organizers aren't sure how many people will show up Friday, but they're prepared for thousands more. When the Wild are playing well they are generating offense off the shot. They have won nine out of (their past) 10 (games). The Wild already cancelled today's pre-game party due to the weather. Now it is up to Staal, Zucker, and Niederreiter to make the necessary adjustments to become more effective. Don't go chasing them. "We can roll four lines now pretty easily so we don't have to worry about matchups".
The bottom two lines of the Jets have been outplaying the Wild's defense and on this goal it was evident. The Wild only put up four shots in the remaining 15 minutes of the period.
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. You're looking for disaster there. Koivu did eventually glide to the hashmark and the whistle was blown.
Myers was dinged again for roughing forward Charlie Coyle 33 seconds after his goal, but the Jets kept the pressure on with some hustle and hits.
Winnipeg Jets forward Joel Armia (40) skates against Minnesota Wild defenceman Jonas Brodin (25) during the second period in game two of the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place.
The Jets' possession has been off the charts in this series, a large part of the reason they've outshot the Wild 84 -37 in two games. This is a very solid team that just may have the best shot of knocking out the mighty Predators later on. "We have to play our best game tomorrow".
Evgeny Kuznetsov did everything in his power to ensure that the Capitals didn't let this one slip away with his two goals, but it was too little, too late, as anxious Capitals fans wonder if this is yet another snakebitten postseason for their team.
"You'd have to be blind not to see if, especially with Canadian TV everywhere", Boudreau said when asked about the underdog role.