During the regular season, he was 44-20 with a 2.36 GAA and a.924 save percentage on the year, including 30-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a.921 save percentage here at home.
"There's a lot of inexperience out there and they're only going to get better by playing, so hopefully they learned about the loudness of the building".
Mark Schiefele, with a power-play goal, and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg, which hosts Game 2 Friday. He'd played 38 games for the Canadiens. The Wild are 5-1 in their last six Friday games.
Game two of the Jets-Wild series takes place Friday at 6:30 p.m. Will Winnipeg secure another win tonight on its home ice?
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.
"He tried to explain to me the whole Hulk thing", Dumba said with a laugh. "It would be nice to go there with a split series". The biggest, not surprisingly, was thrown by hulking Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who smoked Wild forward Joel Eriksson-Ek with a shoulder-on-shoulder hit in the first period, sending more than 15,300 white-clad fans into a frenzy.
It's important that they hold serve. "If I get a chance like that, I'll probably finish, too".
Hell, it's been a long time since they looked poised to win a series before. "From what we've gone through this year that's something we'd be prepared for".
Although coming out to the deafening roars of 16,435 Jets fans dressed in white from head to toe, Winnipeg failed to bring their hometown supporters to their feet in what was a relatively slow opening period of play. I can see it from both ends. The Jets outshot the Wild 40-20 and carried the play for much of the night.
If the Wild can bait the Jets into the kind of penalties they fell victim to in recent seasons, maybe Minnesota will have a shot to offset some of Winnipeg's statistical advantages here, but the safe bet is on the Jets simply overpowering their division rivals with the strength of their power play.
"We've got to take advantage of the chances that we do get, for sure", Jets winger Andrew Copp said. I think when we didn't get it behind them. "The expansion's actually going to help us with safety".
The Jets did some things very well.
"Awesome to see a guy step in, new to the team a little bit, and have a huge effect", said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. That could present a hard matchup for the Jets and just may deliver a goal or two for the Wild, who knows. Expect Game 2 to resemble the first two periods more closely than the last period. "So that was fun having everyone come up to me after the game. But we responded well". Game two of the series will take place in Winnipeg on Friday evening.
Winnipeg will also be without defensemen Toby Enstrom, Dmitry Kulikov and center Matt Hendricks. Everybody else is game time. It can never be a culmination of many things that led to an end result.
"Momentum doesn't carry over from game to game in the playoffs", defenceman Josh Morrissey said. He didn't skate Thursday and his status for Game 2 is up in the air.
The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities.
"If you've ever read comics, (he's) like the Hulk", Boudreau said. "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. It's 50-50 on faceoffs and we're a good faceoff team".
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.
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