Fans are primed for these playoffs.
The Wild might be treading water in the playoffs, but they're here for the sixth consecutive season and among active players have a combined 584 playoff games under their belts.
The Jets have a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. So does Spurgeon, who played Monday for the first time since tearing a hamstring on March 13. Connor Hellebuyck has given up two goals on 20 shots faced.
"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.
Cullen, the former Moorhead and St. Cloud State star, scored his 19th-career playoff goal in his 124th-career playoff game just 1:46 into the third period. Laine has 46 goals and 27 assists to his credit (and has notched a point in 52 games). Game 3 is set for Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
The city worked with Winnipeg Transit, the Winnipeg Downtown BIZ and Winnipeg police to plan transportation and security for the event, and those stakeholders met Thursday morning to begin planning Friday's party. The Jets have won 11 games in a row at home, a streak that dates back to February. But by no means is it, 'Oh, we're at home. "We've got to play our absolute best".
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Zach Parise tallied a goal for the Wild late to spoil the shutout, and Daniel Winnik and Nick Seeler both dropped the gloves in the final 10 seconds of the game.
It was in contrast to the way they started the scoreless first period, surpassing the four-shot total they had in Wednesday's opening frame with five by the five-minute mark. This is a very solid team that just may have the best shot of knocking out the mighty Predators later on. He walked by Minnesota winger Jason Zucker and then whipped a shot past Devan Dubnyk. The Jets then turned on a switch and had outshot the visitors 13-9 when the period ended, but many were from the outside.
"They're coming in with confidence and that's all you can ask from the young guys", Myers said. "You just try to be aggressive and play it just like any other breakaway".
The Atlantic Division champions scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn's third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period.
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. "It is important for us to be prepared for an unpredictable crowd size".
Stastny and Copp scored 1:42 apart in the third, with Byfuglien sending a backhand to the front of the net that Statsny slapped in at 7:42. That's why when he was unexpectedly offered a ticket for Sunday's matchup, he couldn't believe his luck, Morton said, adding his kids are a bit upset they won't be tagging along. Laine fired in his second goal of the series from the right circle at 17:58.