"When you play 30 minutes a game, and you're really not used to it, I just told him to stay home", Boudreau said. Nate Prosser put the puck off the post and it sat just off the goal-line where Connor Hellebuyck somehow spun it out of danger on a play that was either brilliant or really lucky. "No one likes losing but in this room we take it very seriously, especially come playoff time". They were then clinical with their own chances - the ideal way to steal a game on the road.
Photo by Jason Halstead /Getty Images The Winnipeg White Out is a tradition that dates back to 1987, when the original Jets faced off against the Flames in the first round. Asked if he could tweak the defensive pairings, Boudreau said, "We'll consider everything". He collected a pass from Boston University's Jordan Greenway, who became the first hockey player to suit up in the Olympic Games, NCAA tournament and NHL playoffs in the same year. "It's a loud building, so what we need to do is handle it. The foundation is pretty well set". Just the timing of things.
Is there a big significance to getting a playoff win after the long drought? "So he's surprised me for sure, but in a real good way". The team's an impressive 23-14 in one-goal games, while Minnesota is 12-16 in such games. It's not a question about feeling good about yourself. 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. "Not much bothers him". He'll be ready for Game 4.
After the draft, Seeler started his college career at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, playing two years there before leaving, simply saying he needed a change of scenery.
As for the impact the travel headaches would have on the Jets, as they prepared for Game 3 on foreign ice, both teams scoffed it would have any impact.
The Jets' possession has been off the charts in this series, a large part of the reason they've outshot the Wild 84 -37 in two games. The Jets flew into Minnesota earlier Sunday after being rerouted because of snow Saturday.
The Wild will look to continue their dominance on home ice this season in Game 4 Tuesday night. "We'll have to wait and see tomorrow how everyone feels". We've played two solid games and sort of have limited their time and space with the puck.
The Jets have plenty of reasons to be motivated and quicker Tuesday. Dubnyk gave up one more questionable goal, on a long-range shot by Myers in the second period, but was his usual self the rest of the way.
Myers didn't practise Monday and Maurice wouldn't offer an update on his status.
"We aren't a small team", Foligno said. Minnesota showed in game three that they are just not going to roll over for the red-hot jets and I look for them to even this series after another solid home win. There was no punching motion. He will most certainly be better this evening which will also help to improve the confidence and game of Carson Soucy as well. He's come up here and hasn't played like a guy who hasn't played in the National Hockey League before.