The Winnipeg Jets arrived in St. Paul just hours before the start of Game 3 Sunday night, and certainly looked like a jet-lagged, travel-weary group as the Wild skated circles around them in a 6-2 win.
The Wild clearly enjoyed being at home for the first time in the series and are looking to build upon the success they had in Game 3 as they attempt to even the series.
As the Twin Cities were digging out from a record-setting April snowstorm on Monday, the Minnesota Wild were hoping to keep digging out from the hole they created after losing the first two games of their playoff series with the Winnipeg Jets. "Tagged for a couple of foolish infractions in the first period, the Jets' over-aggressiveness led to a pair of power-play goals by (Mikael) Granlund and (Zach) Parise".
The Wild seemed to be holding on through much of the game before a three-goal third period by the Jets put it out of reach.
It came courtesy of Staal netting his first goal of the postseason, Greenway scoring the first National Hockey League goal, and Foligno getting rewarded for his play with a fortuitous bounce in front.
Goalies_Minnesota, Dubnyk 0-2 (44 shots-40 saves).
"We're in a series here", said Hellebuyck, who made 16 saves.
Here is a flurry of notes ahead of Game 3 of the series, which will mercifully be played indoors Sunday night.
"I don't think we changed too many things". "We're going to lose one once in a while".
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But Davy went by me on a fresh horse at the second last and I wasn't going to win that race to the Elbow. Tiger Roll is on quite the hot streak. 'I did have a big fear, ' said Russell.
The Jets were well aware that the Wild would be no pushovers playing at home where Minnesota had lost just six times in regulation in 41 regular-season games.
"And then he shut the door".
Great response by coach Bruce Boudreau and the Wild players.
"I'm going down for a blocked shot, and he's going by me and he pulls up at the last second", Foligno explained. If Winnipeg chooses to rest him, however, the team might roll with Steve Mason (5-9-1), who has a.907 save percentage and 3.15 goals against average this year. In his career (regular season), he has gone 108-94 with a 2.41 GAA in his home games and 64-63 with a 2.64 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Jets he has gone 8-9 with a 2.75 GAA.
Myers brought the decibel level down with his slap shot that cut the lead to 3-2, but the Wild killed consecutive penalties with only about a minute between power plays soon after that to retake momentum. It was Staal's first goal of the playoffs. "We just want to play fast".
The second period went from bad to worse for the Jets, trailing 5-2, when Myers was checked by Foligno and caught his skate at the bottom of the boards.
Myers stayed down on the ice for a minute or two before being helped up and limping to the dressing room.
"Didn't love it", Maurice said, referring to both the hit and the outcome.
"They have a real clear idea of what their game looks like when it's right, and the ability to get back to it quickly", Maurice said. That will be a new game and the Jets are still ahead in the series.
"There's a wall around Minnesota and nobody knows anything about this team", Boudreau said. He has been playing his best hockey of the season and is also contributing offensively.