Winnipeg celebrates first playoff win in 22 years

Carrie Guzman
April 15, 2018

Blake Wheeler was certain the second game would be different.

The Jets took 40 shots in Game 1, while the Wild managed only 20. It took a couple of periods for the hockey to break out. Morton says his family follows the Jets religiously and that he's been on pins and needles all week knowing he'll get to watch Game 3 live. While we all know they have quality - these players will have been eager to prove that they could play playoff hockey.

Just before 6 p.m., the Jets tweeted they were flying back to Winnipeg and will attempt to return to the Twin Cities Sunday. Scoring a goal. That would be ideal. Just winning a draw and trying to get a forecheck going, create a little energy...

Instead, ideal appeared to be falling to the Wild. He was but a rumour in Games 1 and 2, so Boudreau is reuniting Staal with Mikael Granlund in hopes to wake him up.

The Golden Knights compiled a record of 51-24-7 (won-lost-overtime losses) en route to finishing third overall in the very tough Western Conference, behind only the Nashville Predators (53-18-11) and Winnipeg Jets (52-20-10).

Slowly, calmly, the Jets returned to the form they had shown in the third period of Game 1 when they came from behind to claim victory. Minnesota's game one hero, netminder Devan Dubnyk, seemingly picked up where he left off on Wednesday, stopping all 13 pucks he faced in the first period.

"We had an opportunity with the lead in the third period and our goaltender playing good, we thought we had a chance to win", said Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau. "We count on him".

Winnipeg also gave so many playoff debuts last night to players like Laine, Scheifele, Hellebuyck and Ehlers.

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They started partying on the street adjacent to Bell MTS Place in the afternoon, packed the arena by the time the teams came out for warmups and chanted "go Jets go" throughout the game.

"Unfortunately, I didn't get a good look", Hellebuyck said with a chuckle of the Koivu hit. It was the first time. Now, coming into this one, we've had a great season and there's more expectation.

"At this point we're not looking at doing anything for the away games, at least not on our end". "We said if we play that same way with that same intensity and talent level, we can beat anyone".

The Jets won the regular-season series 3-1. But then you have to go through that process of what's it like when you give up a lead.

"Once you get out there and get playing the game and get into the feel of the game and make a pass or a hit or something like that, you just feel like you're playing", he said. How do you handle it? It comes fast and I've got to make those decisions quick and hopefully learn from it and have a better game. It was not only the skill on attack, but the physical side on defence.

He was rewarded for that confidence and faith with a 5-1 Flyers win that saw them even their first-round series with the Pittsburgh Penguins at one game apiece.

The crowd, already the loudest in the league, cranked up the sound.

While those departures might seem rather inconsequential on the surface, those types of players were key in helping the Iowa Wild field a competitive roster.

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