Jets top Wild 3-2 in playoff opener

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The most maddening thing is that there is a good chance that when the Wild return home for Game 3 they will provide an inspired effort.

Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Copp (9) celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild during third period game two National Hockey League playoff action in Winnipeg on Friday, April 13, 2018.

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Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien were credited with assists. "Trying to get that out of the game". "But ideal doesn't happen very often".

Four of the game's goals came in the third period.

The bottom two lines of the Jets have been outplaying the Wild's defense and on this goal it was evident.

The Wild were held without a shot on goal through the opening 15 minutes of the third period. "We count on him". While the media were happy to predict a comfortable Jets win in this series, there were question marks over the Jets because of their inexperience and their lack of playoff success. So they dump it out, the Jets get it again.

"All the matchups were hurting us [Friday]", Boudreau said. It was kind of new to all of us. Just trying to soak it all in.

In fact, with the Wild's postseason history and bad first-round matchup, expectations outside the locker room have never been lower heading into a playoff series, which is odd for a team that earned 101 points. You're looking for disaster there.

"Whenever you get that start you want to take advantage of that opportunity", said Elliott. How do you handle it?

The Jets committed their own fair share of mistakes in game one and most notably was their lackadaisical puck control in their own zone. It was not only the skill on attack, but the physical side on defence.

And Dayton officially declared it Go Wild Day.

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"It was tough", Staal said. "Hopefully, we can control that tonight with a couple of goals". It's a tall order, but first thing's first: Figure out where the goals are, and find a way to get players like Anze Kopitar on the scoreboard.

Tyler Myers struck first at 8:41 of the second period.

The Jets will likely insert rookie Jack Roslovic.

"He's played like that for a big chunk of the season", Maurice said. "Nothing quite like this..."

When the Penguins managed to put the puck on net he stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced in what was one of the best postseason performances of his career.

Adding insult to injury, Patrik Laine added to the Jets' lead with 2:02 to go, bringing the Jets' goal total up to four on the evening.

Less then two minutes later, Andrew Copp scored to put the game to bed.

Minnesota finally scored on a late power play when Zach Parise tipped a pass from Mikko Koivu past Hellebuyck, but it was much too little much too late.

So much for the Penguins wiping out the Flyers on their two-game home stand to start the Metropolitan Division showdown.

Kings' Drew Doughty suspended for Game 1 hit When Los Angeles tries to even up its series with the Golden Knights, it will be without Norris Trophy-caliber defenseman Drew Doughty, who will be serving a one-game suspension for his hit to the head of Vegas' William Carrier in Game 1. "That's a good thing, too". 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. The fans are awesome.

They certainly did this night.

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