Jets top Wild 3-2 in playoff opener

Joe Morrow pulls Minnesota's Matt Dumba off Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck

Joe Morrow pulls Minnesota's Matt Dumba off Winnipeg goalie Connor Hellebuyck

This franchise has never won a road playoff game, and as much as they enjoyed home ice in the first two games, the Jets are aware that a less-than-friendly reception is likely in Minnesota. Same players. Same line combinations. Murray finished with 16 saves to lose for just the third time in 17 home playoff starts in his career.

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

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team that wins the first two games at home in a best-of-seven series goes on to win the series 88.7 per cent of the time.

Connor Hellebuyck wasn't laying any blame for missing out on a shutout in his first National Hockey League playoffs by 45 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Twins have postponed three games this weekend. Even if Jonas Brodin and Matt Dumba step up, they're going to face a tall task trying to slow the Jets' young scorers, whereas Winnipeg has allowed the fifth-fewest goals per game with the help of some top-tier goaltending. Devan Dubnyk stopped 40 shots for Minnesota to go along with Wednesday's 37.

After the game Elliott was asked how much it meant to him to have Hakstol stick with him after such a tough first game, especially while still recovering from an injury that kept him out of the lineup for 25 games. "And if they go down 0-2, they're a little bit disappointed". "To have a little, I don't even know if you want to call it a Cinderella story of a night tonight, it makes you feel good". He blocked a team-high three shots.

But early on it still looked like he was off of his game. Connor Hellebuyck has given up two goals on 20 shots faced. At that point it seemed like it was only a matter of time until he let one in and the dam would once again burst.

Blake Wheeler was certain the second game would be different.

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The Penguins began pressing but Elliott responded.

"It was a bad turnover", said Boudreau. "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".

"If there's one thing I've learned this week though, it's that there's certainly no option off-the-table as we try to figure out how to do this".

Jets defenceman Tyler Myers had a goal in the second period and also picked up an assist. As a lifelong Jets fan, I'm just ecstatic. "And I think we work hard to fix those things".

"I think we're going to take the first game down there".

Patric Hornqvist scored Pittsburgh's lone goal with just over 5 minutes left to avoid the shutout, but the Penguins looked ordinary for long stretches after looking unstoppable in Game 1.

It didn't take the Flyers almost as long to beat Murray again. Then there is the fact that Elliott's career postseason numbers as a whole - including a forgettable performance in Calgary a year ago - have not been great. "That is what it's all about it". That remains to be seen. That's how Friday night went for Minnesota.

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.

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