It makes for possibly the most wild atmosphere in the playoffs, and it gave the Minnesota Wild absolute fits in a quick five-game series that Winnipeg ended on Friday night.
Mark Scheifele - The Jets' star centre contributed a goal and an assist in a 5-0 Game Five win over Minnesota; he finished the series with five points (4 G, 1 A). "A couple deflections, and you can see that's how a game can kind of run away from you".
Cullen, who is a native of Minnesota, signed a one-year deal with the Wild last summer to be closer to his family, and scored 11 goals and 11 assists in 79 games with Minnesota this season. We know they want to start hard, that's what they do at home. With that said, Winnipeg fired on all cylinders and, other than in the single loss, Connor Hellebuyck didn't allow more than two goals in any game and put up two shutouts. "I think all the guys have stepped up really well whenever those times have come up and if they come up again, it's adversity we're comfortable working through". But like I said, first two games we were good at it.
Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia supplied the early offence. "You have two periods of hockey left and stranger things have happened". In a league that seems to be tilting younger, they rely a lot on older players like Suter, Parise, Eric Staal and Mikko Koivu, all in their mid-30s. We've shut down the intersection for a series clinching celebration. "We have good goaltending, try to play the right way in front of [Hellebuyck] and we have an opportunity to win hockey games". I thought the team was great in front of me.
The Wild were making their sixth straight appearance in the postseason. They take it over the Minnesota Wild in five games.