Whiteout diverts Jets from MN playoff game


"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". We had a time in Washington, one time we had a noon game, Pittsburgh couldn't get in, they bussed in 10 hours before the game and outplayed us really badly. Then you get in the city and it's a big metropolitan city.

Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

This is the first playoff series for 11 players on the Jets' roster.

Meanwhile, the Twins have postponed three games this weekend.

Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots.

"It's status quo." Jets captain Blake Wheeler said. "He's fit in seamlessly with our group".

After the game Elliott was asked how much it meant to him to have Hakstol stick with him after such a tough first game, especially while still recovering from an injury that kept him out of the lineup for 25 games. "Somebody who's kind of on the outskirts, or in and out a bit". The team responded with a four-game winning streak. He fired a one-timer that went off Wild forward Charlie Coyle's stick and past goalie Devan Dubnyk. Dustin Byfuglien has successfully made his physical presence known by trying to turn multiple Wild players into advertisements on the boards.

Mark Schiefele, with a power-play goal, and Patrik Laine also scored for Winnipeg, which hosts Game 2 Friday. The Minnesota Wild are averaging three goals per game and are scoring on 20.4 percent of their power play opportunities.

The Winnipeg Jets benefited from a whiteout within the confines of their home rink, but Mother Nature is hitting back. Winnipeg is in the playoffs for just the second time in seven seasons since the National Hockey League returned to the city, and it was swept out of the postseason the first time in 2015.

Staal's 42 goals this season tied a Wild franchise record (Marian Gaborik) and elevated the top-line centre to the fringes of the Hart conversation. "They still have to win two more to put us out, and we're going to battle on home ice to get that back". While Sidney Crosby, two days removed from a hat trick, came up short despite a breakaway shot and two opportunities right next to the net, five different Flyers lit the lamp, first forcing Matt Murray off the ice with 4:28 still left in the game and putting their stagnant Game 1 outing in the rear-view mirror.

Dubnyk didn't have to stop a Winnipeg shot until seven minutes had passed. Wednesday was the first time Byfuglien won a playoff game since the Cup-clincher in 2010.

"He's played like that for a big chunk of the season", Maurice said.

"We have to embrace the fact that we're down 2-0", Hynes said. "Too little, too late, but I think we showed fight", Schneider said.

Minnesota is competing in its sixth straight post-season.

Fans are primed for these playoffs.

The Jets tried to fly to Minneapolis Saturday, got re-routed to Deluth, Minn., and ultimately returned for a good night's rest back at home. The Wild already cancelled today's pre-game party due to the weather.

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