Game 3 is Sunday in Minnesota. I think we needed to just come out and have that intensity that we have had in the past two-to-three weeks of the season just to make it here.
"That's what they're best at, keeping us out of their slots". "It's nice to get that off our backs and, hopefully, we get a lot more".
Media: "What happened after the first period?"
Media: "What about getting into the middle more?" Now a strategy that Boudreau may want to incorporate would be to juggle his lines a bit during the game utilizing the TV timeouts and possibly get Granluund and Staal out together for a few shifts during the game. We're trying to get there and the other team is not allowing us to get there. "It's been a long time since they've been able to go home in a good mood after a playoff game". He can change the way you think. "So we expect that, and I think we have to raise our game even more". The Jets have won the first two games of the series at home.
Too big. Too fast.
Zach Parise had his second goal of the series when he deflected a Mikko Koivu shot past Connor Hellebuyck to end the goalie's shutout bid with 45 seconds left in the game. Certainly there is for the ownership and management, and probably more than anything, the fans that saw two different versions of the Winnipeg Jets.
"We have enough scoring depth that we feel like if we get enough opportunities, we can bury one", Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. Considering they lost only six games in regulation at home this season, that would be a big development.
"He's just a wild card".
Jets centre Bryan Little has been with the franchise since 2007-08. There's too much of him to have him get it all by you. "Very unique. ... Sometimes he might give up a chance here and there but he creates more chances than he gives up so I think in that sense as a forward, playing with him is nice". Winnipeg is in the playoffs for just the second time in seven seasons since the National Hockey League returned to the city, and it was swept out of the postseason the first time in 2015. Duncan Keith was the last Spartan to win the Cup as he claimed his third with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015 while also taking home the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP. Like other sports, you have to win one in the other team's building. That bodes well for the Jets, even if they spend minimal time up a man. It's the old rinse and repeat, and now the Wild have to find a way out of the spin cycle.
With the Penguins flying high and focused on the task at hand Friday, they should cruise to a 2-0 series advantage while the Flyers struggle to pose a consistent attacking challenge. And the Capitals went into the playoffs with goaltender problems - something Blue Jackets definitely did not have with Sergei Bobrovsky on top of his game. "We've got to regroup here". The difference of course is that the Wild did not make those turnovers count on the scoreboard. "He knows he's a physical presence so he's nearly wanting you to go first so he can use his body, and vice-versa. That's the way you have to look at it". "We know our chances are going to be limited so we have to limit theirs as well".
When the Penguins managed to put the puck on net he stopped 34 of the 35 shots he faced in what was one of the best postseason performances of his career.
"They're a pretty good defensive team this year", observed Boudreau. "And then they tell you the story, Tomas Tatar, of how Dustin at some point blew them up".
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.