Jets dominate Wild to take 2-0 series lead

Then, big-bodied defenseman Dustin Byfuglien decided he wanted to set the tone, laying bone-crushing hit after bone-crushing hit in the second period, most notably crunching Mikko Koivu along the back boards midway through the frame.

Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period to propel the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday.

Laine was one of eight Jets players to make his playoff debut and he was able to soak in the atmosphere of his first whiteout. "But the atmosphere is just - the place exploded". "I was just out of position on some plays that I made the wrong read, kind of, and that could be due to nerves or, I don't know, not thinking fast enough". Scoring a goal. That would be ideal. It doesn't come around very often, so enjoy it. "Trying to get that out of the game".

The Golden Knights were outshot by their Pacific Division foe, but they have an advantage entering Game 2, with Kings defender Drew Doughty officially suspended for his Game 1 hit on William Carrier.

What happened was another Bruins goal on the ensuing power play that made it 5-1 in the first game between the bitter rivals.

Only three goals through two games is certainly disappointing, but it's not surprising considering how disjointed the Wild looks trying to get up ice. He's played very, very well for us.

Despite being unable to beat Dubnyk early on, the Jets continued to play with a playoff confidence not seen before by Winnipeg fans. I think when we didn't get it behind them.

"It was a bad turnover", said Boudreau. It was just like the city - happy to be there.

The Jets committed their own fair share of mistakes in game one and most notably was their lackadaisical puck control in their own zone. "We played a good team game and we stuck through all 60". Given that the National Hockey League seems to weigh playoff games more heavily that regular season games when it comes to supplemental discipline it is not a surprising that Anderson avoided anything further. How do you handle it?

With an attacking confidence behind it, Winnipeg should produce a similar performance as it attempts to take a two-game advantage. It was not only the skill on attack, but the physical side on defence. The crowd was arguably louder. "I'm definitely going to be looking at the replays because the crowd went nuts". But not even being in position to generate looks might be more concerning, a problem the team can only hope gets remedied in the comforts of its home arena. Connor Hellebuyck made 18 saves on 20 shots in net to record the win.

Forward Mathieu Perreault will not return to tonight's game due to an upper body injury.

Boudreau hinted that he might switch up the blue line a bit for Game 2, maintaining his top pairing of Jonas Brodin and Dumba, and perhaps elevating Nick Seeler to play alongside Spurgeon, and dropping Soucy to play alongside Nate Prosser.

The Wild's Zach Parise scored on a power play with 44.8 seconds remaining for Minnesota's goal, coming on the team's third shot of the period.

Not sure if anyone else noticed that one of the many icings the Jets had in thos last couple minutes Koivu was the first player back for the Wild. "I see he's in the lineup, he's not injured, so he's OK, and I never meant to hit him in the head", Doughty said.

"Just another day at the office", he deadpanned.

"The first one, there's always some nerves, some excitement", he said.

Eric Staal and his line of course must be better than they were in game one, but again, that is an easy finger point situation. And that's particularly true when you consider how the Golden Knights sustained that momentum and parlayed it into a good playoff seed, and how they then followed up by picking up a postseason win in their very first opportunity.

"They give you that extra boost in your legs when you need them".

"They were playing great all night".

  • Julie Sanders