While some teams opt to stay at hotels for home games to avoid distractions, Gallant said the Golden Knights, who won the series opener against the Los Angeles Kings 1-0 and hosted Game 2 late Friday night, will maintain the same routines they followed during the regular season. Winnipeg had full control over the entire game and held the Wild to three shots in the third period.
"There were areas of that crowd last night where people were shoulder to shoulder", Spiring said. "It's a hockey state for sure". "I expect the Wild fans will be loud as well to support their team". I told the guys here I think home playoff games are fun, but I think road playoff games are way better, especially when you're facing a crowd like that. "I don't think (we took our foot off the gas)..."
Acquired from the St. Louis Blues before the trade deadline, Stastny is competing in his fifth career playoff series against the Wild. Their last series victory was in 1987.
"You don't really have that much time to think", Elliott said when asked what his mindset was on that play. "They protected home ice and now we have to try to go back and do the same in our building". In 18 seasons between Atlanta and Winnipeg, the Thrashers/Jets have made the postseason twice and still haven't won a game. The whiteout party gets underway at 4:30 p.m.
The bottom line is the game like every other sport played, is a game of mistakes.
"It's all part of the learning process for the new guys, and the veteran guys who've had that experience before can help out". The team practiced Saturday morning at Bell MTS Iceplex in Winnipeg, moving up both its practice and flight times hoping to beat the bad weather developing in the Twin Cities, but that obviously didn't happen. But by no means is it, 'Oh, we're at home. "It's a free couple wins,"' Minnesota forward Zach Parise told reporters after the skate. The Turku, Finland native has played 51 playoff games, but has never made it out of the second round. That figure's trended lower lately, however, as the team has created 4.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 takeaways over its last five.
Myers was dinged again for roughing forward Charlie Coyle 33 seconds after his goal, but the Jets kept the pressure on with some hustle and hits. The Winnipeg Jets are averaging 3.3 goals per game and are scoring on 23.4 percent of their power play opportunities.
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Connor Hellebuyck wasn't laying any blame for missing out on a shutout in his first National Hockey League playoffs by 45 seconds.
Was there a point in the season that Gallant and Co. look back on as a turning point that convinced the organization they may have something special on the go?
Second-year defenceman Josh Morrissey admitted there are nerves, but mostly before the puck drops.
The Winnipeg Jets had some major momentum enter the playoffs and they kept it going with a 3-2 win in game one, which was their first playoff win in franchise history.
"We have to play our absolute best", Boudreau said.
The series now shifts back to Minnesota, where the Wild will need a massive turnaround in order to get back in the series.