Small speedsters may be fine all season long, but come springtime guys like Byfuglien can change a game, as his mighty hits and thunderous presence did in Game 2. The talk of the turnovers that led to the tying and winning goals and the terrible analytics of Carson Soucy. When things start to come undone offensively is when they fall into the over passing game. "I was just out of position on some plays that I made the wrong read, kind of, and that could be due to nerves or, I don't know, not thinking fast enough". "Obviously, we got ourselves the lead in the third and from there, I think we took our foot off the gas a little bit".
Tonight the Wild need to generate more shots on goal and as simple as that sounds it needs to be their M.O. going forward. Although once again battling a slow start and a red-hot opposing netminder, the Jets manhandled the visiting Wild, crushing the Americans in almost every facet of the game, finished atop Minnesota in the shot department 44-17, and ultimately, with a 4-1 victory.
The Caps may have dropped Game 1, but if Kuznetsov can keep this level of play going, they'll have plenty more opportunities to even out this series. "You can tell they're playing hard". So they dump it out, the Jets get it again.
The Wild outshot the Jets 12-8 in the second.
Organizers said a total of more than 9000 people visited the closed section of Donald Street between Portage Avenue and Graham Avenue on Wednesday, with the crowd reaching a peak of around 5500 people at one time.
"We just want to play the best hockey we can play, and give ourselves a chance to win", said Gallant.
Winnipeg's Mathieu Perreault - who missed the second half of Wednesday's series opener after finding himself on the receiving end of many thunderous body checks - did not dress for the Jets, as rookie Jack Roslovic took his place in the lineup alongside Bryan Little and Joel Armia on Winnipeg's third line. Winnipeg's attack seemed to run in spurts, with a handful of chances coming every two or three minutes. Koivu did eventually glide to the hashmark and the whistle was blown. When you turn the pucks over in the middle of the ice.
The Jets, who went 32-7-2 at home themselves this year, earned home-ice advantage in the series by finishing second overall in the league.
Wild coach Bruce Boudreau, who guided the Anaheim Ducks to a four-game sweep of the Jets in 2015, said with Devan Dubnyk withstanding a barrage of rubber in net, they had a chance to win when they took a brief 2-1 lead early in the third period.
Boudreau: "Well, they were playing pretty good".
"Awesome to see a guy step in, new to the team a little bit, and have a huge effect", said Jets captain Blake Wheeler. Eriksson Ek was one of the Wild's top forwards in game one and has been an integral part of the teams strong play down the stretch.
Asked Tuesday what he has learned in 10 years of postseason play, Boudreau said, "I guess if I were to use words, it's stay the course". He also mentioned winger Tyler Ennis as an option up front.
Should be another great game between these two Central Division rivals.
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