"The Jets were ripped from the city and now they're returned".
"We have to play our absolute best", Boudreau said.
It was well-deserved, as suddenly the Wild are right back in the best-of-seven series.
Boudreau doesn't have to win it all to win the eternal gratitude of Wild fans; a genuine playoff run will do - one that doesn't end until Minnesota has been back to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2002-03.
But on the day after the Wild finally showed some offense, getting their first win of the series by a 6-2 count on Sunday, their coach cautioned that his team's status was still plenty urgent heading into Game 4 down two games to one.
"We are here to play", Devan Dubnyk added, calling it a "statement game" for the Wild.
Minnesota and Winnipeg exchanged power plays in the second period before the Jets found a second opportunity late in the frame as Nate Prosser went off for holding.
Steve Mason replaced Connor Hellebuyck for the third period, stopping all seven shots he faced, as both teams looked to just run the clock out in a non-eventful period. "We need to keep that going". "It's how we respond to the next one".
The National Weather Service posted an ominous blizzard warning for Minnesota on Saturday afternoon, saying it's "shaping up to be a historic storm" and forecasting that "several rounds of very heavy snow" will fall through the afternoon and evening.
The team eventually arrived Sunday morning.
April snow showers blanket region
Rain will change to snow as the day goes on with treacherous driving conditions likely for the Wednesday afternoon drive. Temperatures will stay mild with some light rain Wednesday but the real warm up comes later on towards the weekend.
Second Period_4, Minnesota, Dumba 1 (Winnik, Eriksson Ek), 3:32.
"We should invite them all back", Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said.
Blake Wheeler scored a bad angle shot 4:50 into the game on the power play for the Winnipeg Jets.
The Jets were well aware that the Wild would be no pushovers playing at home where Minnesota had lost just six times in regulation in 41 regular-season games.
"And then he shut the door".
"To have a little, I don't even know if you want to call it a Cinderella story of a night tonight, it makes you feel good".
"I'm going down for a blocked shot, and he's going by me and he pulls up at the last second", Foligno explained. In his career (regular season), he has gone 30-29 with a 2.61 GAA on the road and 31-18 with a 2.23 GAA against the Central Division, while against the Wild he has gone 5-2 with a 2.52 GAA. But then his big moment came. "And that's when the game changed". I think we played a lot more physical, we kind of made the first push.
The second period went from bad to worse for the Jets, when Myers was checked by Foligno and caught his skate at the bottom of the boards. After lying motionless for more than a minute, Myers was helped down the tunnel and did not return to the game. Maurice had no update on the defenseman's condition, but without elaborating he suggested the injury could have been avoided. "He's on the pucks, he makes plays in traffic", Staal said.
There was a lot to like, at least, about the Wild's performance.
The goal was vintage Laine.
"That was a huge game", Eric Staal said. As the puck went down the ice Koivu inexplicably stopped skating and the linesman was looking at him nearly to say "uh Mikko, you know you need to get to the hashmarks for me to blow the whistle".