Wild Get Back in Series with win against Jets


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I have found it very interesting listening to the recaps and dialogue following the Wild's 3-2 loss in game one.

Minnesota was 27-6-8 at home during the regular season.

With 10 seconds left in the game, fists started flying and a total of 65 penalty minutes were recorded.

Though the Wild could've sunk their shoulders after that unfortunate bounce, they relied on their physical play to earn a two-man advantage, and Mikael Granlund buried a rebound to tie the score. "There wasn't a whole lot of penalties the first two games, ' (Jets center Bryan) Little said". "I felt good tonight and we'll try and continue that going home". He took a great pass from Kyle Connor and unleashed a shot that Dubnyk slid across to stop.

Devan Dubnyk was phenomenal all game, making big saves to keep the Wild lead intact.

The Atlantic Division champions scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn's third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period.

Steve Mason replaced Connor Hellebuyck for the third period, stopping all seven shots he faced, as both teams looked to just run the clock out in a non-eventful period.

"We went over some video today", said defenseman Jared Spurgeon, who offered some words of encouragement for Soucy.

"We've had moments all year where we've needed to respond at certain points in the regular season, so it's no different [now]", Stall said.

More snow on the way (yes, really)
For the snow season (since July 1), Madison has received 37.2 inches, 12.7 inches below normal. Snow started falling on Sunday and hasn't stopped falling well into Monday morning.

The club hopped back on the plane early Sunday morning and landed roughly eight hours before puck drop.

The Wild might be treading water in the playoffs, but they're here for the sixth consecutive season and among active players have a combined 584 playoff games under their belts. I'm sure a lot of (Jets) fans are saying that.

The thing that makes the win even more impressive for the Wild is the fact that the Jets actually landed the first body blow when Jets winger Blake Wheeler scored on a wide-angled shot that somehow found its way into the back of the net.

Matt Dumba played an excellent game one, logging huge minutes, but all anyone will talk about is his turnover that led to the Patrik Laine goal.

"And then he shut the door". "I thought, 'OK. This is going to work'".

Hellebuyck won his first two career Stanley Cup playoff games while stopping 34 of the 37 shots he faced in the opening two contests. It's a free couple wins, ' " Parise said. Laine has 46 goals and 28 assists to his name (and has registered at least one point in 53 games). "We've got to play our absolute best". "And that's when the game changed".

There will be no such pressure on the Wild, and confidence in the locker room was high Tuesday before the Wild headed out for a scheduled 2 p.m. flight to Winnipeg.

"We gotta play the biggest game of the year".

The Wild are 0-4 in their last four games versus a team with a winning percentage of.600 or better.

"You never want to get down to 0-3 hole", Eric Staal said. As the puck went down the ice Koivu inexplicably stopped skating and the linesman was looking at him nearly to say "uh Mikko, you know you need to get to the hashmarks for me to blow the whistle".