Jets ready for tougher test as series shifts to Minnesota

Jets ready for tougher test as series shifts to Minnesota

After pounding in the final nail in the Wild's coffin in Game 2 on Friday, the Jets" super sophomore temporarily turned his stick from a goal-scoring weapon into a musical prop as he "played the violin' directly in front of Minnesota's bench during his celebration fly-by.

With the win, the Jets took a two games to nothing lead in their best out of seven series.

"Yeah", Hellebuyck said when asked if he was disappointed in not posting a shutout. "We know some other season-ticket holders went looking for them a few days later and they couldn't find any".

"I thought Cory came in and played really well", Hynes said. The goal came on the power play after Jets forward Brandon Tanev was called for hooking with 59 seconds left. The Jets goalie has stopped 34 of 37 shots over the first two games.

The Wild are scheduled to play the Winnipeg Jets Sunday at 6 the Xcel Energy Center. When the second period ended, Winnipeg had outshot the Wild 27-14 and led 28-18 in hits.

With 10 seconds left in the game, fists started flying and a total of 65 penalty minutes were recorded. "We're going to do our best to make this a series and compete". Kings defenseman Drew Doughty is already out a game for a shoulder to the head and Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri and Capitals winger Tom Wilson could also face further discipline in a rough start to the National Hockey League postseason.

The Wild will have to ramp up a big segment of their play, considering they didn't get a shot on goal for the last five minutes of the second period and the first 15 minutes of the third. That included three shots at Hellebuyck during a power play with Myers in the box for tripping. In comparison, Winnipeg has averaged 42 shots per game.

Myers got the puck at the point in the Wild zone, made some moves to get around forward Jason Zucker and sent a sharp-angled shot past Dubnyk on the blocker side at 8:41 of the second period for the 1-0 lead.

Minnesota's Mat Dumba, Head Coach Bruce Boudreau's chosen replacement for injured defensive stalemate Ryan Suter, spent an astonishing 9:35 on the ice in the opening frame for the visitors - a benchmark just shy of two minutes more than the Jets' icetime leader, Ben Chiarot.

"We did bend a little bit in the third but didn't break, so it's a good feeling to be up 2-0", Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said.

Minnesota has struggled offensively because they have not been able to get shots on goal. They cannot give the Penguins four power plays every game or get outshot by a 35-20 margin and expect to win many games by four goals. "The crowd seems to like it, so we like it, too". Paul with more than 30 cm of snow didn't deter Winnipeg Jets fans from making the long road trip south.

Brent Burns also scored and captain Joe Pavelski had two assists during a three-goal second period to help the Sharks easily take early control in the series between California rivals.

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