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While an optimist might take solace in the fact that the Wild probably weren't supposed to win either road game to open the best-of-seven series against the Winnipeg Jets, a realist would say maybe they simply can't hang with the big, bad bullies from the north. Game 3 is Sunday at Minnesota.
"We have to take care of business at home", coach Bruce Boudreau said. "It's been a great season so far, we just want to keep it going".
Boudreau's teams have won in the playoffs, just not often enough. A hard thing to do when you'd only made the playoffs once before, in 2015, and were swept in four straight games by the Anaheim Ducks. We have to take care of business at home.
Jets forward Mathieu Perreault left in the second period with an upper-body injury and head coach Paul Maurice had no update. He also assisted on Stastny's goal. Jack Roslovic assisted on Myers' and Copp's tallies.
"We stuck up for each other", Wild center Eric Staal said. "We're going to come home in front of our fans and be ready to play Game 3".
Facing only that one-goal deficit, thanks to how well Dubnyk had played, the Wild had no shots on Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck for the first 15 minutes of the third and ended up with only three. Crosby's second goal of the game came at 7:41 of the third period from Guentzel and Justin Schultz to put the Penguins up 6-0 and his third goal came at 10:42 from Dumoulin to put the Penguins up 7-0. These players now will have the confidence to play their game for the rest of the series.
Hellebuyck needed only 16 saves. "We gotta respond in Game 3 and get the job done on our ice".
"We've got to play a lot better than we have in the first two", Parise said. We didn't get away from our game. I feel like we've been playing on three-quarters of the rink for two games now. Coyle had an excellent scoring chance in the first minute and Minnesota had the first five shots of the game.
Despite being unable to beat Dubnyk early on, the Jets continued to play with a playoff confidence not seen before by Winnipeg fans.
The Wild managed just 37 shots through six periods here, while the Jets have enjoyed back to back 40-shot nights. The Wild's penalty kill hasn't been that much worse than Winnipeg's, but the latter has also been a force with extra-man advantages, ranking fifth in the National Hockey League in power-play success.
Despite youth and the lack of much playoff experience, the Jets are finding direction and guidance in their captain Blake Wheeler. Too deep, and just too much, these Jets appear to be for the boys from Minny. 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.
Devan Dubnyk has proven capable of putting the Wild on his back and carrying the team to victory, so his talent isn't to be overlooked. Only the Jets, with a 32-7-2 record at home, had a better mark than the Wild.
Winnipeg finished the second period with a Corsi-for rating of 81 percent - an unprecedented mark worthy of a seat in the fancy stats Hall of Fame.