Travel delay barely alters game day routine for Winnipeg Jets

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Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Copp (9) celebrates his goal against the Minnesota Wild during third-period game two National Hockey League playoff action in Winnipeg on Friday, April 13, 2018.

Minnesota's Mat Dumba, Head Coach Bruce Boudreau's chosen replacement for injured defensive stalemate Ryan Suter, spent an astonishing 9:35 on the ice in the opening frame for the visitors - a benchmark just shy of two minutes more than the Jets' icetime leader, Ben Chiarot.

Game 3 is Monday night in Newark, New Jersey.

"We have a game plan", Byfuglien said. Devan Dubnyk stopped 40 shots for Minnesota to go along with Wednesday's 37.

Winnipeg only got one shot on goal on the power play, but the momentum - and hits - carried on and Myers scored at 8:41 to make it 1-0. It was the third career playoff goal for Wheeler, and his first of the series.

As the clock wound to a close in the third period, everyone in the building rose to their feet, providing the Wild with a 60-second standing ovation.


The Winnipeg Jets came ready to play in game three.

The unsettling weather made for a rather interesting travel odyssey for the Jets to get to the Twin Cities.

On Saturday, a record-setting spring snowstorm in Minnesota meant the Jets were unable to land in Minneapolis, forcing the team's charter flight to be diverted to Duluth, 250 kilometres northeast.

The state was being pummelled by a severe winter storm that dumped more than 30 centimetres of snow in some locations and caused the cancellation of around 500 flights.

Nearly all flights scheduled to arrive at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport on Saturday were cancelled.

Veteran Jets defenceman Tyler Myers, who scored the first goal in Friday's win, said Saturday he wasn't too anxious about Winnipeg's young players dealing with the pressure.


Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period for Winnipeg.

"That was a huge game", Eric Staal said.

He regularly made fantastic saves to keep the Jets at two goals in what could have easily been a high scoring game for both teams.

"Older guys love it". Game 3 is Sunday in Minnesota. "So I wasn't anxious", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.

"It's all about the will and Winnipeg has will right now, so this travel thing is a non-issue as far as I'm concerned", he said. "We've got to play good once, and we've got to have that on Monday".

"Once you get out there and get playing the game and get into the feel of the game and make a pass or a hit or something like that, you just feel like you're playing", he said. But the simple fact starting goalie Brian Elliott was able to bounce back after giving up five goals on only 19 shots in Game 1 (the fifth time in five meetings this season that the Penguins had scored at least five goals against the Flyers) before getting pulled and play the game he did may have been the single biggest factor in the win. After a shot from the point, he was hit by Foligno and slid skates-first into the boards near the Winnipeg bench.


But the Wild roared back.

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