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Travel delay barely alters game day routine for Winnipeg Jets

17 April 2018

He had two points in game 3 and is stepping up in the abscence of all star Ryan Suter. Dustin Byfuglien is playing well and the Jets will be looking to rebound. Everyone remembered his hit on Joel Eriksson Ek in Game 1 and his hit on Mikko Koivu in Game 2.

"This is a really easy team to cheer for", said Brian Platt, a Winnipegger living in Ottawa who flew back home and scored tickets to the Jets' first game in their first-round series against Minnesota Wednesday.

"When when that second period started, we weren't able to get faster", Wheeler said. The Wild also made some seemingly simple puck-support adjustments, and they paid off in a big way. Minnesota had just six regulation losses at home during the regular season, which was tops in the National Hockey League.

The second period went from bad to worse for the Jets, trailing 5-2, when Myers was checked by Foligno and caught his skate at the bottom of the boards.

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It continued with Jason Zucker standing up for for his teammates after what he felt like was an unnecessary cross check near the crease.

But with the landing out of the question, the flight was diverted to Duluth, more than 250 kilometres away, where the plane sat on the tarmac for more than 2½ hours before flying back to Winnipeg.

"There's a wall around Minnesota and nobody knows anything about this team", Boudreau said. "We just have to come out and play like we have all season in this building". The game was nearly cancelled with 20-25 cm of snow that fell Saturday night into Sunday. They were sloppy and loose, nowhere near as physical and they didn't get playoff goaltending.

"We're here to play", goalie Devan Dubnyk said, "and we're fully capable of pushing hard". "Going forward, I think keeping that physicality and wearing them down, I think more space will open up for us like it did last night and we'll get more chances".

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The Wild emerged from a bruising opening period with a 2-1 lead, all of the goals occurring on the power play.

It was apparent in the first minute of the game that the referees were going to call this game very differently from Games 1 and 2.

The Jets got dealt a dose of reality in Minnesota in game three on Sunday as they were pasted for six goals in what was a do or die situation for the Wild but the Jets have a chance to regain a two game lead with a bounce back effort here on Tuesday.

That's exactly what happened as Zach Parise scored on a tap-in after a determined effort in front and Matt Dumba found the back of the net with a slap shot through heavy traffic. Scoring in the loss was Blake Wheeler, which was his 24th of the year and Tyler Myers, which was his 2nd of the series and his 8th of the season. That, coupled with the fact that the Wild couldn't stay out of the penalty box, made it feel like it was only a matter of time before the score was even. The Wild also simply looked a lot better. Eric Staal, Jordan Greenway, and Marcus Foligno scored in a span of 3:43 in the second-period for the Minnesota Wild.

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But the Wild roared back. At the same time, we have to give them something to cheer about. "We can beat this team". The Jets found that out first hand in Game 3 and need to remember it going into Game 4. It's good to see.

Travel delay barely alters game day routine for Winnipeg Jets