I certainly wasnt trying to hit him when he was down like that, Kadri said after Thursday nights game. It took a couple of periods for the hockey to break out. The Jets goalie has stopped 34 of 37 shots over the first two games. "We have to play our best game tomorrow".
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. Jets forward Paul Stastny is expecting another raucous crowd now that the series is moving south of the border. Scoring a goal. That would be ideal. "Bruce, he's got something to work on, just like Philly had something to work on".
Instead, ideal appeared to be falling to the Wild.
What happened was another Bruins goal on the ensuing power play that made it 5-1 in the first game between the bitter rivals. Rookie Jack Roslovic, replacing injured veteran Mathieu Perreault, had two assists in the game that ended with a series of fights. "We count on him".
WINNIPEG-The Winnipeg Jets got a boost from their frenzied fans over their two victories at home over Minnesota. Given that it came 48 hours after one of his worst playoff performances he faced a lot of questions about personal pride and wanting to make a statement after the game. "They'll still win, but they just made it harder on them".
For all of the things that went for the Flyers on Friday they may need more efforts like this from Elliott if they are going to win this series. It was the first time. We want to have a great start [in Game 3].
The bottom line is, you always have to be disciplined at all times and emotions are a part of the game, but its got to be controlled, Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said.
"We've talked at length about playoff experience for our team", Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice said Friday morning. "You're not going to win like that". How do you handle it?
The crowd, already the loudest in the league, cranked up the sound. "It's the playoffs. There's going to be battles, there's going to be swings of momentum, but the big thing for me is who won the game".
This is the first playoff series for 11 players on the Jets' roster. At the 8:41 mark of the second period, lanky Jets defenceman Tyler Myers twisted his way in from the blueline and pinged a shot from the right circle in off the far post that Dubnyk could not prevent. "It's a beast of its own".
As a "Go Jets Go" chant broke out a downtown bar, Wild fan John Klopfer yelled out "Is your team even here yet?"
The Winnipeg Jets will play host to the Wild and look to take a commanding 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Zach Parise has scored two goals in the series, however, those are the only shots he has in the series.
This is an experienced Wild team that has rallied from 0-2 deficits before, and now they hope coming home for games' three and four can help turn the tide.
That said, home ice, itself isn't enough.
"He's just throwing his body all around the ice and it just gives us so much energy", Laine said of Byfuglien.