Joe Morrow breaks tie, Jets beat Wild 3-2 in Game 1

Joe Morrow breaks tie, Jets beat Wild 3-2 in Game 1

Joe Morrow breaks tie, Jets beat Wild 3-2 in Game 1

While it perhaps took the Jets longer than they had expected or hoped for to get their footing in Game 1, and it required a third period comeback to come out victorious, Winnipeg opened its series against the Minnesota Wild with its first ever playoff victory in franchise history on Wednesday.

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Needless to say, that spark of energy from the Wild came way too late.

When the second period ended, Winnipeg had outshot the Wild 27-14 and were ahead 28-18 in hits. When you turn the pucks over in the middle of the ice. But the simple fact starting goalie Brian Elliott was able to bounce back after giving up five goals on only 19 shots in Game 1 (the fifth time in five meetings this season that the Penguins had scored at least five goals against the Flyers) before getting pulled and play the game he did may have been the single biggest factor in the win.

The Wild's Zach Parise scored on a power play with 44.8 seconds remaining for Minnesota's goal, coming on the team's third shot of the period. The difference of course is that the Wild did not make those turnovers count on the scoreboard.

The Wild returns home with little to build off of after it sagged against the Jets Friday.

And so it went, the media chasing the magical, elusive elixir, the way the Wild had chased Winnipeg around the Minnesota zone for most of 60 minutes in Game 2.

Hellebuyck made 16 saves.

"Sure, we'd like to work on our curling ability and have it stop before the line but I think if you're in doubt or in those tough situations, you'd rather make a hard play rather than anything soft and questionable", he said.

Only three goals through two games is certainly disappointing, but it's not surprising considering how disjointed the Wild looks trying to get up ice.

Twice, Jets players took shots at the empty Minnesota Wild net from their own zone, both resulting in icing calls. That included an early power-play opportunity.

On Friday, Byfuglien's back-to-back hits on Granlund and Koivu five minutes into the second period got the crowd into it and the Jets soon broke the 0-0 tie on a Tyler Myers goal. They were very solid at the defensive end of the ice as well as they ranked 5th in goals allowed, giving up 2.63 gpg, while also ranking 15th in shots allowed (31.9 spg) and 9th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.2% of their chances. Laine fired in his second goal of the series from the right circle at 17:58.

Then there's the thought that the Wild have nothing to lose, similar how the St. Louis Blues entered last postseason before dispatching the Wild in five games.

The Jets, who led 1-0 before falling behind 2-1 in the third, got goals from Mark Scheifele, Patrik Laine, and Joe Morrow. When he took over the league's player safety department last September, he said he meant to crack down on "non-hockey plays" that have nothing to do with affecting the course of the game. "There are very few players like him", marvelled Jets centre Paul Stastny.

"We have a game plan, being physical is one of our strong suits", Byfuglien said.

Minnesota is competing in its sixth-straight post-season.

Fans are primed for these playoffs.

For all of the things that went for the Flyers on Friday they may need more efforts like this from Elliott if they are going to win this series.

Myers' chance had been set up by young Jack Roslovic, dressed on an emergency basis to take the place of injured Mathieu Perreault.

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