We have to win one game. "They still have to win two more to put us out, and we're going to battle on home ice to get that back". "This travel thing is a non-issue as far as I'm concerned". "You'd like to say you played the ideal game, but somebody else has a vote out there", coach Jon Cooper said Saturday after a 5-3 victory in Game 2 of the first-round matchup. A lot of their young players had huge games (Ivan Provorov had two points; Nolan Patrick and Travis Konecny both scored goals).
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.
"We stuck up for each other", Wild center Eric Staal said.
Though they took the name of the former Winnipeg team, as well as their color scheme and logo idea, and they regularly refer to the history of hockey in Winnipeg as though they own its all their own. "Nothing is going to change for us. That is key for me and allows me to stay calm and confident as well".
With two suspensions, two misconduct ejections for boarding that resulted in injuries, plus Capitals winger Tom Wilsons hit to the head that knocked Columbus center Alexander Wennberg out of the game, it has been a rough start to the playoffs and there have only been eight games played.
A somber tune for the Wild, indeed, as the Jets took care of home ice during Games 1 and 2, following up a 3-2 win in the opener with a dominant 4-1 victory on Friday. A goal there could have sent the game in a completely different direction.
The Penguins began pressing but Elliott responded.
"You don't really have that much time to think", Elliott said when asked what his mindset was on that play. "You know the time of year you're playing, but you're still just playing that same game".
In the past, Dubnyk did not play up to his regular season numbers in the postseason, but under Bruce Boudreau he's been good enough for the rest of the team to win.
They either figure out how to even this series or go home and wait another year for their next chance. The Jets goalie has stopped 34 of 37 shots over the first two games.
This is the first playoff series for 11 players on the Jets' roster.
"I don't know if it was about pride", said Elliott. "I think I can help the team". 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. "We just have to come out and play like we have all season in this building".
But it wasn't just Game 1 that had to cause some concern for Flyers fans.
It didn't take the Flyers almost as long to beat Murray again. Wilson blamed himself for costing Washington Game 1 by taking a bad penalty at a critical moment.
"It's not about proving anything", said Elliott. "You're not going to win like that". "That is what it's all about it".
Acquired from the St. Louis Blues before the trade deadline, Stastny is competing in his fifth career playoff series against the Wild. 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. "I try to shoot as many pucks as I can and if they're cheating on me then Mark is going to be open and they have to pay for it".