Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun wrote: "Nobody would or should try to use the travel woes as an excuse".
"It's nice to have won one now because that was kind of what people talked about before - this team has never won a playoff game, they've only been there twice", said Bryan Little, who joined the team in 2007-08.
They didn't play that way. They got swept by Anaheim in 2015.
Paul Maurice, it's your turn. Winnipeg is 8-0 in its last eight games versus a team with a winning record. A veteran of 78 playoff games, he certainly would have helped protect Soucy, a 23-year-old who played his first National Hockey League game on April 2. The Wild have gone 28-14 here at home and they have averaged 3.36 gpg and have allowed 2.17 gpg in those games. The period changed when fourth-line winger Marcus Foligno had two huge hits in the period. His back-to-back hits on Jacob Trouba and Josh Morrissey immediately put the Jets on notice that it wasn't going to be a comfortable night for the D-men.
With a blast into the top corner, the 19-year-old Laine tied the game 53 seconds after Parise's goal gave the Wild its first lead.
Blake Wheeler and Dustin Byfuglien were credited with assists.
Not everyone saw it that way, especially Jets fans on Twitter, many of whom suggested Foligno intentionally punched Myers in the back of the right knee on his way down.
"There's a wall around Minnesota and nobody knows anything about this team", Boudreau said.
Wheeler opened the scoring at the 4:50 mark for Winnipeg, a goal Dubnyk completely misjudged, the shot originating from just inside the red icing line near the boards. "I don't think we played as well as we can". Fighting pucks all night, Hellebuyck was pulled for Steve Mason at the second intermission. "Overall, as a group we can be a little more assertive, a little better, and we'll look to do that tomorrow".
"It's gonna be big", Eric Staal said. The momentum doesn't necessarily carry over from game to game. These players now will have the confidence to play their game for the rest of the series.
The Wild will look to continue their dominance on home ice this season in Game 4 Tuesday night. (Iowa Wild coach) Derek Lalonde must have done a great job with him because he's come up here and hasn't played like a guy who hasn't played in the NHL before, let alone the pressure of playoff hockey.
They started partying on the street adjacent to Bell MTS Place in the afternoon, packed the arena by the time the teams came out for warmups and chanted "go Jets go" throughout the game. Mikael Granlund and Zach Praise each scored a power-play goal for the Minnesota Wild in the first. A lot of that had to do with adjustments they made for moving the puck through the neutral zone ... The only situation I can see where Ennis gets in is if Eriksson Ek cannot go, otherwise Jordan Greenway stays in the lineup and deservedly so as he is becoming a real force for the Wild up front.
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