Down 2-0, Wild faces ‘huge’ game against Winnipeg


Down 2-0, Wild faces 'huge' game against Winnipeg

Minnesota is competing in its sixth straight post-season.

Unlike game one where the Jets and Wild were very even (with Winnipeg winning 3-2), the second game of the series saw the Jets dominate. While the media were happy to predict a comfortable Jets win in this series, there were question marks over the Jets because of their inexperience and their lack of playoff success. “Obviously, you never want to get down to a 3-0 hole. At the same time he knew that we needed to replenish what we had down there”. Suter averaged almost 27 minutes per game in the regular season. Their charter was diverted to Duluth in the early afternoon, and eventually they returned to Winnipeg.

The team is planning to fly again to Minneapolis-St. Minnesota has trailed a series 2-0 in five of those six playoff seasons, including a year ago when it lost the first two at home and fell to St. Louis in five games.

The Wild, who along with Anaheim and Pittsburgh are among only three teams in the National Hockey League to make the playoffs in each of the past six consecutive seasons, headed home Friday night in a sadly familiar position. It comes fast and I’ve got to make those decisions quick and hopefully learn from it and have a better game.

“The biggest thing with our team is we have a lot of fun, and we come to work every day”, said Gallant, 54. “And they’re a resilient group”.

If they keep taking penalties and giving up that many shots Elliott is going to have to be the difference in the series.

“I think we view this as a missed opportunity”, Cullen said. He was but a rumour in Games 1 and 2, so Boudreau is reuniting Staal with Mikael Granlund in hopes to wake him up. For Boudreau, it was also about lifting the spirits of a team that has struggled to mount any offense.

“For the most part we are going to do what we did all season out there, take the pressure off our players, just go out there, play and see what happens”, said Gallant, who added the Golden Knights were close to having everyone available for the playoffs, in a phone interview with the Journal Pioneer during the final weekend of the regular season. Don’t go chasing them. “I think we showed pieces of our game, but I don’t think we played to our level”. “He deked our player, we didn’t hold the middle, and he got to come right down Main Street”. “I’m not going to speculate on whether we’re going to use him or not use him”. It’s a free couple wins.’ These guys are really playing well and we’re going to have to play much better than we have in the first two games.

“In that building, the puck crosses the blue line and the crowd is expecting the chance (to score) … it just needs to get near the net and they get pretty excited”, Maurice said Saturday before the Jets departed for Minnesota.

But the team’s success at home this season is a good place to start when looking for a rallying cry.

“We were able to give ourselves a chance a grab a lead there and even when it’s tied we were still in good shape”, said Parise. “It’s beginning to be a bad habit of ours”. “I don’t think we played as well as we can”. The way the guys played tonight in front of me, we blocked I don’t know how many more shots tonight than we did the other night.


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