Whiteout diverts Jets from MN playoff game


The Winnipeg Jets had a dominating 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild in game two of their first round playoff series at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Friday. It's hard to deny they have rights to it, given that Shane Doan, the final first-round pick of the original Jets franchise, followed the team to Phoenix and played there from 1996 until his retirement a year ago. That was not the case in Winnipeg as the Jets' supremely skilled lineup and solid defense corps kept coming in waves.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Evander Kane scored two goals in his first career playoff game and Martin Jones made 25 saves as the San Jose Sharks beat the Anaheim Ducks in their first-round series opener.

I'm going to side with home dominance and Devan Dubnyk here. They were out-shot 14-5 in the second period and 16-3 in the third period. That included three shots at Hellebuyck during a power play with Myers in the box for tripping.

Stastny and Copp scored 1:42 apart, with Byfuglien sending a backhander to the front of the net that Statsny slapped in at 7:42. He tied a puck to the top corner of the net and the Winnipeg faithful were fired up.

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Brent Burns also scored and captain Joe Pavelski had two assists during a three-goal second period to help the Sharks easily take early control in the series between California rivals. Zach Parise has scored two goals in the series, however, those are the only shots he has in the series.

The Wild lost in regulation just six times in 41 home game this season.

For Dubnyk, not so much.

"We had an opportunity with the lead in the third period and our goaltender playing good, we thought we had a chance to win", said Minnesota head coach Bruce Boudreau.

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Minnesota needs to find their offense again or this series will be over in four or five games. The goal came on the power play after Jets forward Brandon Tanev was called for hooking with 59 seconds left. He got the upper hand and sent a message that the series is far from over. Then with seven seconds left, Nick Seeler of the Wild fought Ben Chiarot of the Jets.

The game was very physical at the end of the contest. The Jets had 37 hits compared to the Wild's 23.

Parros spent nearly a decade as an National Hockey League enforcer and finished his career with 159 fights and 1,127 penalty minutes.

After pounding in the final nail in the Wild's coffin in Game 2 on Friday, the Jets" super sophomore temporarily turned his stick from a goal-scoring weapon into a musical prop as he "played the violin' directly in front of Minnesota's bench during his celebration fly-by.

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But the real turning point, and the point in the game where it seemed obvious that it was going to be a better night for Elliott and the Flyers, came when he stopped Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, fresh off of a Game 1 hat trick, on a breakaway midway through the second period to preserve what was at the time a two-goal Flyers lead.