The "whiteout" crowd of more than 15,000 were chanting "Go Jets Go" and waving white towels before the puck even dropped.
Alright Canada, it's that time of year... Game 3 is set for Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.
Sunday's game is slightly in jeopardy, as the Jets weren't able to fly into the Twin Cities on Saturday because of the snowstorm.
The bottom line is the game like every other sport played, is a game of mistakes. "It's all about the will, and Winnipeg has will right now, so this travel thing is a non-issue".
"It's gonna be big", Eric Staal said. We've had success here all year. When he went down to the U.S. Saturday morning, he was accompanied by his father, Don Smith, and step-mother, Alana Brownlee, who will also be watching Game 3 live with him.
Not sure if anyone else noticed that one of the many icings the Jets had in thos last couple minutes Koivu was the first player back for the Wild. "It's going to be very tough for us".
"The guys care a lot, " he 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".
A winter storm has temporarily diverted the Winnipeg Jets trip to Minneapolis for game three in the first round of NHL Playoffs.
Dubnyk didn't have to stop a Winnipeg shot until seven minutes had passed. But Myers knows how quickly momentum can shift. He knows Dubnyk well, but won't claim to have the big goalie's number.
"I don't know if it was about pride", said Elliott.
Frankly, one has to feel for goaltender Devan Dubnyk, who will be tagged with both losses to open the best-of-seven series despite standing on his head to keep things relatively close with basically no help in front of him. I will look for the Under to cash in this one.
In fact, with the Wild's postseason history and bad first-round matchup, expectations outside the locker room have never been lower heading into a playoff series, which is odd for a team that earned 101 points.
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"Granny's a great playmaker. But it's not our objective to make money at this", Spiring said.
"You're not going to win like that".
"When you turn the pucks over in the middle of the ice. And they're performing at a pretty high level". "They protected home ice and now we have to try to go back and do the same in our building".
"It's nice to get that off our backs and, hopefully, we get a lot more". "And they kept coming".
He is the second-fastest National Hockey League coach to reach 500 victories, behind only Scott Bowman and ahead of Mike Babcock, and has taken his teams to the playoffs in each of his 10 full seasons as an National Hockey League coach.
Tonight the Wild need to generate more shots on goal and as simple as that sounds it needs to be their M.O. going forward.
Nick Seeler and Carson Soucy nearly certainly will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Wednesday night at Bell MTS Place, and Murphy has a good chance of cracking the lineup at some point. "Our forwards have been extremely hard in not giving them any clean ice to make passes on breakouts".
"We have a game plan", Byfuglien said. "We just want to play fast".
"He's been wonderful", said teammate Adam Lowry.
Hynes wasn't ready to discuss whether he'll change starting goaltenders for the next game.
"He's doing it all", marveled Lowry. He also assisted on Stastny's goal. He's using his size effectively. "We are nearly back to having everyone healthy". That figure's trended lower lately, however, as the team has created 4.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 takeaways over its last five. If the Wild don't salvage a W Sunday night, you can safely bet they'll become first-round fodder the third straight year.
"Everything has been flawless, and we obviously hope the playoffs go as well as the regular season". "We have to have everybody on board to execute and respond". He'd played 38 games for the Canadiens.