Jets Pound Wild in Whiteout Condition, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Joe Morrow pulls Minnesota's Matt Dumba off Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck

Joe Morrow pulls Minnesota's Matt Dumba off Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck

"We are going home".

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal by Paul Stasny during the third period at Bell MTS Place. With just over two minutes left in the game, young winger Patrik Laine added his second goal of the series.

Second the blocked shot and subsequent effort by Byfuglien was less than ideal decision making and resulted in a two-on-one that Morrow played poorly but really had no chance on based on the scrambling he had to do to cover for Buff. "We'll do our best to get this third game and go from there". Thursday, with the rest of the series kicking off, we got big nights from the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning, an overtime collapse by the Washington Capitals and a physical 3-0 victory by the San Jose Sharks over the hot Anaheim Ducks.

With less than 10 seconds left in regulation-and not long after Zach Parise ruined Connor Hellebuyck's shutout bid with a power-play goal-a scuffle between Daniel Winnik and Brandon Tanev sparked a full-on line brawl. The way the guys played tonight in front of me, we blocked I don't know how many more shots tonight than we did the other night.

"No matter how you cut it, guys play for seven months, " Boudreau said. Devan Dubnyk stopped 39 shots for Minnesota.

But even if weather predictions were looking a bit grim, Smith's prediction for Game 3 is anything but.

Minnesota actually recorded the game's first five shots on goal - due in a large part to a rather interesting Tyler Myers tripping penalty just four minutes into the contest. "We've got to play good once, and we've got to have that on Monday". From there on, the Wild didn't get a sniff of the offensive zone. But the simple fact starting goalie Brian Elliott was able to bounce back after giving up five goals on only 19 shots in Game 1 (the fifth time in five meetings this season that the Penguins had scored at least five goals against the Flyers) before getting pulled and play the game he did may have been the single biggest factor in the win. But then you have to go through that process of what's it like when you give up a lead.

It was in contrast to the way they started the scoreless first period, surpassing the four-shot total they had in Wednesday's opening frame with five by the five-minute mark. Less than two minutes later, the Wild turned the puck over, which led to a Bryan Little cross-ice pass to Andrew Copp to put the Jets up by three.

A spokesman for Economic Development Winnipeg said there aren't any plans to continue the Winnipeg whiteout street parties for Jets away games.

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.

By the start of the third period, the Jets held a 27-14 shot advantage, and the Wild clearly would have been in an even deeper hole if Dubnyk had not played so well.

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