Jets, Wild cap Game 2 with fisticuffs

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They were standing up on us and every time we got it in, we threw a guy on an island with one forechecker.

Winnipeg rallied for a 3-2 win in Wednesday's opener, but turned it on in a Game 2 where you'd have expected a more desperate opponent. Considering they lost only six games in regulation at home this season, that would be a big development. "It would be nice to go there with a split series".

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.

It's important that they hold serve.

"We're going to pull the sweep off. From what we've gone through this year that's something we'd be prepared for". Game 3 is Sunday night, April 15, in St. Paul.

The Western Conference might be home to the first-round matchup with the hottest team of the 2017-18 Stanley Cup playoffs, and that matchup has nothing to do with the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators.

He whiffed on two long distance Patric Hornqvist shots that rang off the goal post to his left, and even on bad angle shots he seemed to be fighting the puck a little bit.

The Wild will surely look to generate more offence, while the Jets will simply have to be quicker in the heavy traffic zones. We have to take care of business at home.

"We feel real good", said Gallant, a strong supporter of the Summerside Boys and Girls Club. Well, we don't know much about Connor Hellebuyck in the playoffs yet.

The Jets did some things very well.

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And in two series that appear quite even, the Columbus Blue Jackets went on the road to edge the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime and the San Jose Sharks traveled to Anaheim to handle the Ducks 3-0. Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot led all players with 10 hits, while Dustin Byfuglien and Adam Lowry were punishing forces.

In his first National Hockey League postseason, Laine has posted two goals and a helper with 10 shots on goal through just two games. I just enjoy playing the game. Despite controlling the possession for most of the game, they still found themselves down 2-1 at one point before storming back to win.

"There is for the players who have been here since the team came back", Maurice said. "But we responded well".

Winnipeg will also be without defensemen Toby Enstrom, Dmitry Kulikov and center Matt Hendricks. Everybody else is game time.

Myers' chance had been set up by young Jack Roslovic, dressed on an emergency basis to take the place of injured Mathieu Perreault. It can never be a culmination of many things that led to an end result. Most coaches would have changed something between Games 1 and 2 because, well, that's just what you do when you lose a game, whether it's actually needed or not.

So tonight the Wild will have to weather a Jets storm once again, but if they play the way they are capable of playing with a simple plan of moving the puck quickly and take advantage of the Jets over aggressive play, they have a good chance of evening the series.

Byfuglien, of course, won the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010 only to be traded to Atlanta, which moved to Winnipeg one season later.

"I was trying to do too much nearly", he said. We're trying to get there and the other team is not allowing us to get there.

"Sometimes we marvel at what those guys do out there and their instincts", Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said during his postgame address.

"Sure, we'd like to work on our curling ability and have it stop before the line but I think if you're in doubt or in those tough situations, you'd rather make a hard play rather than anything soft and questionable", he said.

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