Winnipeg Shooting Wild Down Through First Two Games

Posted April 16, 2018

The Winnipeg Jets had a different kind of whiteout to contend with Saturday.

That isn't surprising considering the overwhelming amount of Jets fans in attendance for both Game 1 and Game 2.

The Jets are scheduled to play the Minnesota Wild in Game 3 of their first-round National Hockey League playoffs series, which the Jets lead 2-0, on Sunday.

Winnipeg won 3-2 on Wednesday, with Game 3 going Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

Down by two goals with 11 minutes left in the third period, the Minnesota Wild still hadn't put a shot on the Winnipeg Jets' goal in the frame.

"When I walked up to get my food the guy was like, 'Oh sorry. And I think we work hard to fix those things".

"Going into the one in 2015", said Jets centre Adam Lowry, "we were scratching and clawing just to get into the playoffs".

The storm that walloped Minneapolis-St.

The Jets moved up their departure time from Winnipeg by about two hours to noon CT, but their chartered flight was unable to reach the Twin Cities.

"By no means is it, 'Oh we're at home".

"We've got to play a lot better than we have in the first two", Parise said. "We've got to play our absolute best".

Game 4 was scheduled for Tuesday. They outshot Minnesota 44-17, and outhit the Wild 38-23. Minnesota wanted to make a statement early and they did, up 5-0 in shots and dominating during a power play - yet they could not get a puck past Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, he of the Vincent Price goatee and eyebrows.

Matt Murray's shutout streak dating to the 2017 Stanley Cup finals ended at 226:49 when Gostisbehere scored on the power play late in the first period. The team's only post-season appearance since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011 was a sweep at the hands of Anaheim in 2015.

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.

Second-year defenceman Josh Morrissey admitted there are nerves, but mostly before the puck drops. Crosby broke in alone just past the game's midway point but Elliott's glove swallowed up the Pittsburgh captain's backhand attempt.

But the real turning point, and the point in the game where it seemed obvious that it was going to be a better night for Elliott and the Flyers, came when he stopped Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, fresh off of a Game 1 hat trick, on a breakaway midway through the second period to preserve what was at the time a two-goal Flyers lead. But Myers knows how quickly momentum can shift. "We know some other season-ticket holders went looking for them a few days later and they couldn't find any".

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