Minnesota Wild vs. Winnipeg Jets, 4-13

Randal Sanchez
April 14, 2018

Former Minnesota Wild player Wes Walz was also there to weigh in on the series.

The Jets took a 2-0 lead with 3-2 and 4-1 wins on home ice and dominated the Wild in terms of possession, shots on goal and physicality. We're just really good at home. Like other sports, you have to win one in the other team's building. What I'm trying to say is he's not the biggest guy in the world, but he's like, if you've ever read comics, like the Hulk. "Obviously, if he's still standing up, I think there's nothing wrong with that, but he ended up falling and reaching for the puck, and I'm not sure what happened after that". Jack Roslovic assisted on Myers' and Copp's tallies. It was a little karma for Koivu, who is the player who knocked Mathieu Perreault out of Game 1, an injury that forced the Jets winger to miss Game 2 as well. They played really good and they beat us tonight, but we'll be ready on Sunday. Now going back to Minnesota we expect them to come out and be skating.

Minnesota's Matt Cullen and Zach Parise scored in a little more than a two-minute span early in the third period. The goal came on the power play after Jets forward Brandon Tanev was called for hooking with 59 seconds left. Minnesota scored twice in the first 3:58 of the 3rd period to take a 2-1 lead, but the Jets got a goal from Patrik Laine (45th) just 53 seconds later to tie it and then it was Joe Morrow, who put them ahead for good at the 12:47 mark of the final period with his 7th of the year.

Less than two minutes later, Andrew Copp redirected another puck past a severely overworked Devan Dubnyk.

Winnipeg won 3-2 on Wednesday night. There were a number of times where the Wild forwards were able to strip the Jets of puck possession or create turnovers of their own in the Jets zone.

Minnesota was battered and bruised throughout the game as Winnipeg outhit them 38-23, including numerous bone-rattling variety. They're looking to win their second straight on the road against a Ducks team that struggled to get anything going in the opener.

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If the Wild can steal a Game 2 win, they still have a tremendous shot at winning this series. That included three shots at Hellebuyck during a power play with Myers in the box for tripping. The Penguins were 0-for-4 with three shots on goal with the extra man Friday.

Minnesota and Winnipeg exchanged power plays in the second period before the Jets found a second opportunity late in the frame as Nate Prosser went off for holding.

Led by Dustin Byfuglien throwing his substantial weight around, the Jets pounded the Wild with 38 hits. "We have a lot of pride in that room".

Though Jared Spurgeon is still considered a game-time decision, it looks as if the valuable Wild defenseman is going to suit up for Game 1.

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.

Stastny and Copp scored 1:42 apart, with Byfuglien sending a backhander to the front of the net that Statsny slapped in at 7:42. They were very solid at the defensive end of the ice as well as they ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.63 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots allowed (31.9 spg) and 9th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.2% of their chances.

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