Jets top Wild 3-2 in playoff opener

Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno is stopped by Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck with defensive help from Jets' defenseman Tyler Myers in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday

It took a couple of periods for the hockey to break out.

"That's the style we want to play".

The Jets now take their momentum to Minnesota to see if they can continue their dominance over the stunned Wild team.

So far Morton has yet to attend a Jets home game during the playoffs. Scoring a goal. That would be ideal.

Boudreau did say that Tyler Ennis may get back into the lineup tonight.

Instead, ideal appeared to be falling to the Wild.

Saturday's practice included a lot of work on play through the neutral zone, a problem in Games 1 and 2. He walked by Minnesota winger Jason Zucker and then whipped a shot past Devan Dubnyk.

"No matter how you cut it, guys play for seven months, and if they go down 0-2, they're a little bit disappointed, but it's not like getting down 0-2 in your building and having to go to their building", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after the team practiced in its rink Saturday. "We count on him". "But you know what, we got the win and that's all I care about, especially this time of year".

Set an National Hockey League record for wins - 51 - by an expansion franchise. "If you're not looking, it's going to happen. Just trying to get my gaps and stuff like that". We have to win one game.

The game was very physical at the end of the contest.

"We stuck up for each other", Wild centre Eric Staal said.

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The pre-series concern for Minnesota was how their defense would fare without mainstay Ryan Suter, who was lost for the season with an ankle injury. "I think it's sometimes you don't know any better and don't have that experience, you don't have that fear of what could go wrong". How do you handle it? That figure's trended lower lately, however, as the team has created 4.7 takeaways over its last 10 games and 3.8 takeaways over its last five.

While those departures might seem rather inconsequential on the surface, those types of players were key in helping the Iowa Wild field a competitive roster. "It can be tough at times", he said.

The crowd, however, got even louder when the Jets scored first.

Scheifele converted on a power play with 2:23 remaining in the second period.

Myers' chance had been set up by young Jack Roslovic, dressed on an emergency basis to take the place of injured Mathieu Perreault. "Nothing quite like this..."

By the start of the third period, the Jets held a 27-14 shot advantage, and the Wild clearly would have been in an even deeper hole if Dubnyk had not played so well.

With the Jets down 2-1 in the third period, Laine let go a wicked shot into the top corner to put Winnipeg back into the game. Jets forward Paul Stastny is expecting another raucous crowd now that the series is moving south of the border. Game 4 is scheduled for Tuesday at Minnesota.

Little had said earlier in the day that he hoped his team could go up two-games-to-none against the more-experienced Wild.

Rob Parker said the drive to Fargo was fine and their plan was always to spend Saturday night there.

That's why you had to feel good for them this year - as they returned one of the great playoff traditions: the Winnipeg whiteout. A flawless example is our arena. "The fans are on the edge of their seats, they are cheering the whole time".

They certainly did this night.

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