Blake Wheeler was certain the second game would be different.
At least that should be the takeaway following Game 2 on Friday night at Bell MTS Place, as the Wild were held to three shots in the third period of an embarrassing 4-1 loss to the Jets. It took a couple of periods for the hockey to break out.
But the Wild scored just three goals in two games and put a mere 37 shots on goal.
"That was probably halfway through the season, and we went in both those buildings and we got two wins in both of those games". Game 3 is set for Sunday in St. Paul at 7 p.m. ET. Scoring a goal. That would be ideal.
Instead, ideal appeared to be falling to the Wild. Connor Hellebuyck turned aside 17 shots for the win.
A representative from True North Sports and Entertainment confirmed that the team's flight was diverted Saturday to Duluth, Minnesota, a two and a half hour drive from Minneapolis. "We count on him".
It was as dominant of a game as any Winnipeg Jets fan could dream of. As Sportsnet pointed out, it's Crosby's tradition to touch center ice during his pre-game skate, and Gudas made sure to plant himself - you guessed it - on center ice during No. 87's ritual.
Set an National Hockey League record for wins - 51 - by an expansion franchise.
"There haven't been any major serious incidents that have made us go, 'We're not prepared for that, ' " said police spokesperson Const. Tammy Skrabek.
"We always wanted this to be a family-friendly event but we found with the first night that the energy was a little too much for people with kids", he said. It was just like the city - happy to be there. Now, coming into this one, we've had a great season and there's more expectation.
"We've had quite a few players out for quite a while here". As of Friday morning, 57 percent of public bets have come in on host Winnipeg.
"He's played like that for a big chunk of the season", Maurice said.
"Whenever you get that start you want to take advantage of that opportunity", said Elliott. "The success that comes off winning a game - all of those are really important things to capture".
The Jets fired many shots at Dubnyk but he survived the second period. It was not only the skill on attack, but the physical side on defence.
Ryan Hartman's empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the victor as the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
It was nearly like the Wild played scared after that. "It can be tough at times", he said. That bodes well for the Jets, even if they spend minimal time up a man. At the 8:41 mark of the second period, lanky Jets defenceman Tyler Myers twisted his way in from the blueline and pinged a shot from the right circle in off the far post that Dubnyk could not prevent. Laine added one helper and rookie forward Jack Roslovic, replacing injured veteran Mathieu Perreault, had a pair of assists.
Byfuglien is starting to look a lot like he did during the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, when he led the Chicago Blackhawks with 11 goals and seemed to repeatedly come up big in key moments. "It's a beast of its own". Patrik Laine also scored for the Jets, but the game was finished before this goal.
Erik Haula scored 19 power-play goals.
With two suspensions, two misconduct ejections for boarding that resulted in injuries, plus Capitals winger Tom Wilson's hit to the head that knocked Columbus center Alexander Wennberg out of the game, it has been a rough start to the playoffs - and there have only been eight games played.
"They give you that extra boost in your legs when you need them".