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The Minnesota Wild Face Elimination After A Tough Loss To The Winnipeg Jets

from Sarah McLellan of the Star Tribune,

This first-round series between the Wild and Jets was expected to be physical, and the action so far has lived up to that billing.

But the tension on the ice escalated to a new level Tuesday, with center Eric Staal absorbing a cross-check to the neck from Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey – a sequence that went unpenalized, a tough break for the Wild that ended up as a crucial turning point in an eventual 2-0 loss that pushes the team to the edge of elimination with the Jets ahead in the best-of-seven tilt 3-1.

"It cost us the game," coach Bruce Boudreau said.

During a Wild power play in the first period, Staal was cross-checked by Morrissey in the middle of the slot. He fell to the ice and struggled to get up before heading for the bench.

There was no penalty called.

“He apologized,” Staal said of the official. “I’m not looking for an apology. I’m in the middle of the game. Why would I want an apology? It’s frustrating. It is what it is. Tough. I’m all for playing hard. I love it. It’s part of the game, but that wasn’t a good play. We have to find a way anyway. I had enough looks to get a goal and to get it tied up. It didn’t happen so it’s not a good feeling.”


If you missed the cross-check, watch it below along with the game highlights.

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Video- Nasty Cross-Check To Eric Staal’s Head

No penalty call on Josh Morrissey.



added 10:17pm, Watch HNIC version below.

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It’s A Series Again Between The Winnipeg Jets And Minnesota Wild

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Well I think everybody knows, if we lose Game 3, how difficult it is,” said Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau. “I think desperation is the best word. When we’re down 0-2 it’s still a big hurdle. They will be a lot better next game.”

Suddenly there are two teams in this series, not just one, with a Game 4 on tap for Tuesday that will likely define everything we love about playoff hockey.

“This win, this gives us a lot of confidence. We can beat this team,” declared Wild winger Marcus Foligno. “That team’s skilled. And they’re big. They’re fast and strong. They’re a heck of a team. Now it moves to Game 4 where we have an opportunity to tie the series.”

The opponent is off the mat, Jets fans, but don’t fret. It was inevitable. Your team wasn’t going to go 16-0, and they’ll likely still win this series. It just won’t happen before Wednesday.


Highlights of the 6-2 win by the Wild can be watched below.

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Video- Tyler Myers Injury

Myers did not return for the 3rd period.



Below, a short GIF of the injury.

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The Winnipeg Jets Just May Be Better Than The Minnesota Wild

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

“Listen, we’re tryin’.”

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau stood in that unenviable, impossible spot behind the podium after a 4-1 loss in Winnipeg, trying to explain a game that saw his team’s shot totals descend from nine in the first period, to five in the second, to three in the final stanza.

The Winnipeg Jets had just kicked Minnesota’s hind ends to Portage and Main and back, and there was Boudreau, fielding the questions about what plan he had to turn the battleship around in time for Game 3 on Sunday.

The problem is, there’s no real answer.


Game highlights are below...

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The Winnipeg Jets Finally Win A Playoff Game

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

Patrik Laine confessed he had “no idea what to expect.”

How could he? The teenage superstar of the Winnipeg Jets – 44 goals in the regular season – is only in his second year with the NHL club.

Last year, the Jets, as usual, missed the postseason entirely.

In fact, since relocating here in 2011 – they were previously the Atlanta Thrashers – they have only played once in the Stanley Cup playoffs. They have not only never won a series, they have never won a game.

All that changed on Wednesday night when the Jets came from behind to claim a 3-2 victory on a late goal from journeyman defenceman Joe Morrow.


Game highlights are below.

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Video- The History Of The Whiteout In Winnipeg

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Here is the history of the origins of the whiteout in Winnipeg, its effect on the team and fans, and how the city has hung onto the tradition decades later.


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Video- Did The Puck Cross The Line? Jets/Bruins

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Watch as Brandon Tanev is awarded his fifth goal of the season despite lack video evidence that the puck actually crossed the goal line.


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The Winnipeg Jets Hit The 100 Point Mark

from Jason Bell of the Winnipeg Free Press,

Patrik Laine’s foot bruise was big news in Winnipeg for about 72 hours but quickly morphed into little more than a footnote Friday night.

The Jets forward was, indeed, a player against the Anaheim Ducks despite all indications to the contrary just a day before.

But Kyle Connor, another of the team’s talented shooters, stole the headline from him.

The 21-year-old from Shelby Township, Mich., fired his second overtime winner of the week to lift the Jets to a 3-2 victory over the visiting Ducks.


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Canada’s Playoff Teams

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

So we get two teams in the National Hockey League playoffs. Not five, like last year. But hey — it’s better than the zero that qualified in 2016.

So, with (hopefully) a few rounds of Canadian content on tap beginning in a few weeks, let’s take a look at what we have. It’s an interesting dichotomy: Canada’s marquee club, Toronto, a Hockey Night in Canada staple; and the team whose time zone doesn’t work for anyone, arguably the least sexy market in the NHL in Winnipeg.

A Canadian hockey fan can’t avoid the Maple Leafs even if they tried — but why would you? Toronto is perhaps the most entertaining team we have this season, with a budding superstar in Auston Mathews, enough offence to keep the lamp lit, and just loose enough defensively that Frederik Andersen (when healthy) is one of the three stars whenever Toronto wins.

And the Jets, that club you’ve been hearing about all winter and have no doubt been meaning to watch, with a sniper in Patrik Laine who is on his way to becoming a generational goal scorer. Now that your club is toast — we’re talking to you Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal — do yourself a favour and see what a proper, slow and successful build is supposed to look like.


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