Monday, 16 July, 2018

National Hockey League playoffs 2018: Jets vs. Wild to go on after blizzard

Tyler-Myers-04152018-Getty-FTR Winnipeg Jets defenceman Tyler Myers
Kristopher Love | 15 April, 2018, 23:46

The Jets hold a 2-0 series lead over the Wild in the Western Conference quarterfinals. "They still have to win two more to put us out, and we're going to battle on home ice to get that back".

Winnipeg only got one shot on goal on the power play, but the momentum - and hits - carried on and Myers scored at 8:41 to make it 1-0.

Although Boudreau allowed extra rest for defenseman Matt Dumba, who has averaged 28 minutes, 30 seconds of ice time in the first two games as they try to fill the gap caused by Suter's absence.

"We've gotta play a lot better than we have in the first two (games)", said Parise.

After being dominated in all phases of the game on Wednesday night Philadelphia Flyers coach Dave Hakstol decided he was going to come back on Friday with the exact same lineup.

A winter storm has temporarily diverted the Winnipeg Jets trip to Minneapolis for game three in the first round of NHL Playoffs.

"They're the next-best home team in the National Hockey League and they're going to get into their comfort zone real good", Jets coach Paul Maurice said Saturday before the team left and returned to Winnipeg. In fact, there may have been more fight from Bruce Boudreau's unit after the game had already been wrapped up than during the Game 2 contest, in which Laine showcased his talent once again amid more than 40 shots on goal. "It was a little weird last game and I just think tonight everybody came out and played their role really well and we played a great team game". The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs continues Friday with a couple of underdogs trying to scrap for new life in their rivalry series to start the postseason. Jets forward Paul Stastny is expecting another raucous crowd now that the series is moving south of the border. "The guys played so well in front of me, there's no fault". "It's going to be very tough for us".

Tampa Bay's second and third lines once again did most of the damage, with Point scoring at 12:15 of the first period and Killorn, Johnson and Kucherov adding goals during a three-minute stretch of the second to build a 4-1 lead. On a night that saw Pittsburgh get plenty of power-play opportunities and thoroughly out-shoot their bitter rivals, it was Philly's top line that delivered with the help of Nolan Patrick off the bench. "It is what it is". "We felt we had really good regular season experience this year and learned a bunch of things".

But the team's success at home this season is a good place to start when looking for a rallying cry. Lightning RW Ryan Callahan left the game late in the second period with an upper body injury and did not return. At 19 years, 100 days, he became the youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal. Kucherov, Tampa Bay's leading scorer this season, has 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 47 career playoff games.