That lead dissipated quickly and the Jets skated off with a hard fought 3-2 victory.
Here's what else to watch for after the Wild's Game 2 loss to the Jets. This isn't any other matchup, though, and the man in between the pipes on the other end of the ice is Connor Hellebuyck, who's done nothing but dominate in a career year, logging six shutouts and an NHL-best 44 wins. The goal - Myers' first of the playoffs - brought the Winnipeg crowd to its collective feet, and remained the difference in the game - for the foreseeable future. It's hard to deny they have rights to it, given that Shane Doan, the final first-round pick of the original Jets franchise, followed the team to Phoenix and played there from 1996 until his retirement previous year. 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. "It's nice to get that off our backs and, hopefully, we get a lot more". He set up a Paul Stastny goal with a backhand saucer pass from behind the net. When the Wild are playing well they are generating offense off the shot.
"When you're a smart defenseman like that, I know he's a big boy, but the way he plays is very smart and the way he uses his body is very smart so it's tough to get on the forecheck". Down the East Coast, Wilson's hit on Wennberg allowed the Blue Jackets to tie the score in a game they won in overtime. Now it is up to Staal, Zucker, and Niederreiter to make the necessary adjustments to become more effective.
Greenway likely will slide in on the third line alongside Matt Cullen and opposite Charlie Coyle.
Wilson was suspended two preseason games for interference and then for the first four regular-season games for boarding but had cleaned up his game since. I just enjoy playing the game. Koivu is clearly his most trusted forward, and rightfully so to a degree.
Laine tied it at 2 at 4:51 of the third period, putting a high wrist shot past Dubnyk on the glove side.
It was nearly like the Wild played scared after that.
You look across at these Jets and see four solid lines, a defence that moves the puck north as swiftly and accurately as any, and a goalie who... Koivu did eventually glide to the hashmark and the whistle was blown.
But the Jets came out flying in the second period, completing every check they threw, and it was at that point that the Wild made a decision to pull a disappearing act that was impressive even by their standards.
Sean Couturier played a fantastic game and finished with three points. He will most certainly be better this evening which will also help to improve the confidence and game of Carson Soucy as well.
Dustin Byfuglien was an absolute terror, a reminder of the value of big, physical players when the game shifts into playoff mode.
The Golden Knights were outshot by their Pacific Division foe, but they have an advantage entering Game 2, with Kings defender Drew Doughty officially suspended for his Game 1 hit on William Carrier.
Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey wasn't one of the players who iced the puck Wednesday, but he said players would much rather make a hard play, take the icing, rest for a few seconds and do it again, rather that float something soft into the middle and risk a turnover in a bad spot.
"We had a meeting, me, him and Parros, and went over videos and just what they were looking at when he was being considered for suspensions and fines and other examples throughout the league", Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said. The white-out will be rocking, it is up to the team wearing white to silence the crowd.