Down 2-0, Wild faces 'huge' game against Winnipeg

Down 2-0, Wild faces 'huge' game against Winnipeg

The talk of the turnovers that led to the tying and winning goals and the terrible analytics of Carson Soucy. Given that it came 48 hours after one of his worst playoff performances he faced a lot of questions about personal pride and wanting to make a statement after the game. "I think he can play that game".

"On the first power play I think I had a lot of shots", said Laine, who led the National Hockey League with 20 power-play goals. The Russian sniper has been to the post-season nine times and played 97 playoff games, yet he's never made it to the third round. Both teams are loaded with highly skilled professionals trained to force their opponents into making mistakes. 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. There were a number of times where the Wild forwards were able to strip the Jets of puck possession or create turnovers of their own in the Jets zone. Wild goalie Devin Dubnyk made 37 stops.

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"It's huge, " said center Eric Staal, who was reunited on a line with winger Mikael Granlund at Saturday's practice.

The Jets announced on Twitter that they hope to depart for Minneapolis on Sunday morning.

After last night's big win, the Jets can take confidence in knowing they are good enough to go far in the postseason. We have to win one game.

The bottom two lines of the Jets have been outplaying the Wild's defense and on this goal it was evident.

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The Wild had more jump early in the scoreless first period, surpassing the four-shot total they had Wednesday in the opening frame by going 5-0 by the five-minute mark.

Boudreau doesn't have to win it all to win the eternal gratitude of Wild fans; a genuine playoff run will do - one that doesn't end until Minnesota has been back to the Western Conference final for the first time since 2002-03. "You look at what Blake does every night, he drives the ship for us", forward Adam Lowry added. Koivu did eventually glide to the hashmark and the whistle was blown. The Jets also cranked up their physical play Friday, outhitting the visitors 38-23.

So tonight the Wild will have to weather a Jets storm once again, but if they play the way they are capable of playing with a simple plan of moving the puck quickly and take advantage of the Jets over aggressive play, they have a good chance of evening the series.

Winnipeg's offensive skaters attempted 32.5 shots per game in the regular season, resulting in 3.4 goals per outing (ranked second overall in the NHL). While we all know they have quality - these players will have been eager to prove that they could play playoff hockey.

"There are a lot of good players and experience there". Eriksson Ek was one of the Wild's top forwards in game one and has been an integral part of the teams strong play down the stretch.

BC-HKN-Devils-Lightning, 1st Ld-Writethru, 843 Killorn scores twice, Lightning beat Devils 5-3 in Game 2AP Photo TPA108, TPA102, TPA105, TPA106, TPA109, TPA104, TPA123, TPA121, TPA115Eds: Lightning 5, Devils 3.

Winnipeg deserves great credit for turning this game around.

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