Jets win first National Hockey League playoff game since returning to Winnipeg

Jets win first National Hockey League playoff game since returning to Winnipeg

The Wild are 5-1 in their last six Friday games. 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. "The guys were honestly more excited for me than I was for myself". His return to the lineup should give the Wild a lift, as his 37 points (9 goals, 28 assists) rank third on the team in scoring among blue liners. But it was a pretty even game after that. "It's 50-50 on faceoffs and we're a good faceoff team". The franchise relocated to Winnipeg in 2011 and the Jets were also swept out of the playoffs by Anaheim in 2015. Boudreau and several of his troops believe that inexperience showed at times with costly errors. "And I think we can play a lot better".

"That was not the start for the third period that we wanted. He deked our player, we didn't hold the middle, and he got to come right down Main Street".

The Jets posted an NHL-best 32-7-2 home record during the regular season.

Even though the crowd stayed below the capacity of 6000 people, organizers said more space is needed. "They were only involved in two potential scoring chances". You're most offensive line has got to be as good as their best offensive line.

"It's going to burn you every once in a while but we've ended a bunch of games from that too", Jets coach Paul Maurice said Friday.

Zucker took responsibility, saying he he needs to bring much more. "So when we get into positions [like] where we are now that I have no problem with the fourth line being on against anybody". "I don't think we played as well as we can". "When [Zucker] is skating and Nino is skating and we're assertive on the forecheck and using our legs, we can create open ice and create chances and I don't think we did enough of that last night".

Nikolaj Ehlers set up the game-winning goal when he got the puck behind the net and sent it to Morrow at the point.

Asked what he thought about the hit, Dumba responded, "I get it".

"I don't expect him to play 30 minutes tonight if he plays", Boudreau said. "I was kind of confused, to be honest".

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Game two in Winnipeg as the Wild look to get a split on the road before the series shifts south of the border to the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday. It was clear he was spent and was particularly worthless to the Wild from that point forward where the Jets just iced the puck continuously until the clock wound down to zeroes.

"I was trying to do too much nearly", he said.

No doubt tying the series 1-1, versus facing a 2-0 deficit, would make the homecoming much sweeter. Considering they lost only six games in regulation at home this season, that would be a big development. "Playoff hockey is always another level", said Staal, who was born and raised in Thunder Bay.

Some of them also wore white face paint while others were decked out with white hair extensions or wigs, but whatever their accessories, they successfully re-enacted the "White Out", which first gained popularity back in the mid-1980s with the original franchise.

That's why you had to feel good for them this year - as they returned one of the great playoff traditions: the Winnipeg whiteout.

"Hopefully, they learned about those things (on Wednesday) and they'll be better for it".

Joel Eriksson Ek was noticeably absent from practice yesterday, and hoping that it was just a precautionary measure after the huge hit he took from Dustin Byfuglien in game one.

That lead dissipated quickly and the Jets skated off with a hard fought 3-2 victory.