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Jets top Wild, extend lead in Western Conference series

Hellebuyck makes 16 saves in Game 2 win

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Patrik Laine and Tyler Myers each had a goal and an assist for the Winnipeg Jets in a 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Bell MTS Place on Friday.

Paul Stastny and Andrew Copp scored; Jack Roslovic, a rookie playing his first Stanley Cup Playoff game, had two assists; and Connor Hellebuyck made 16 saves for Winnipeg.

"It was a fun one," Roslovic said. "Obviously, the building was pretty electric and there's a lot to take out of that game. Once the nerves settle in, you've got to just play your game and just do what you've got to do."


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Winnipeg leads the best-of-7 series 2-0. Game 3 is at Minnesota on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS, FS-N+).

"The first game was amazing, a pretty cool experience," Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers said. "We played OK, but … we took a huge step today. Now we want more steps."

Video: MIN@WPG, Gm2: Byfuglien delivers big check on Koivu

Zach Parise scored, and Devan Dubnyk made 40 saves for the Wild, who have lost eight straight times in Game 2 of a series and are 2-11 in Game 2 in their history.

"The message is simple: You've got to win four," Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau said. "Give the other team credit tonight. They played real good. They won the battles, and consequently they had the puck." 

A team that wins the first two games of a best-of-7 series at home go on to win 88.7 percent of the time (236-30), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Winnipeg outshot Minnesota 31-8 in the second and third periods, including 17-3 in the third. The Wild went 20:03 without a shot on goal, from 15:02 in the second period until 15:05 of the third.

Myers gave the Jets a 1-0 lead at 8:41 of the second period. He made a deke past Wild forward Jason Zucker at the blue line before scoring on a wrist shot.

Video: MIN@WPG, Gm2: Myers powers his way to net for goal

Stastny made it 2-0 at 7:42 of the third period, scoring off Dustin Byfuglien's centering pass from behind the net.

"We were just trying to play it simple, throw a lot of pucks to the net," Laine said. "We've tried to do that a lot. We know [Dubnyk] is going to give up a lot of rebounds in front of him. So we got a couple of those goals, from pretty much in front of him, and we've pretty much got to keep doing that."

Copp tipped in Bryan Little's centering pass at 9:24 to make it 3-0. Laine made it 4-0 with his second goal of the playoffs at 17:58.

"We couldn't answer their momentum," Wild forward Mikko Koivu said. "They got the pucks deep and pressured our [defensemen] and we couldn't come with passes and clear the zone like we usually do. That's our strength and we've got to find that. 

"Teams put a lot of pressure on you, and especially in the playoffs, and you've got to be able to support one another and move the puck quick and try to get the momentum the other way. We couldn't do that, and that's something we need to change."

Parise made it 4-1 on the power play with 45 seconds remaining.


Goal of the game

Stastny's goal at 7:42 of the third period.

Video: MIN@WPG, Gm2: Stastny finishes Byfuglien's nice pass


Save of the game

Hellebuyck's save on Eric Staal at 15:05 of the third period.

Video: MIN@WPG, Gm2: Hellebuyck denies Staal in the 3rd


Highlight of the game

Laine's goal at 17:58 of the third period.

Video: MIN@WPG, Gm2: Laine beats Dubnyk from distance


They said it

"Listen, we're trying. You guys are trying to make it sound like we're not trying. They played really good, and they beat us tonight. We'll be ready on Sunday. We've got a lot of pride in that room." -- Wild coach Bruce Boudreau


"He's just like a wild card. There are very few players like him, very unique. [San Jose Sharks defenseman] Brent Burns maybe, in a different way, but he's played forward, too, in half of his life, also played defense. But he's always moving around, too, so that's what makes him tough to defend. Sometimes he might give up a chance here and there, but he creates more chances than he gives up, so I think in that sense as a forward, playing with him is nice." -- Jets forward Paul Stastny on Dustin Byfuglien


Need to know

Parise (13) passed Marian Gaborik for the most playoff goals in Wild history. It was Parise's fifth power-play goal for Minnesota in the playoffs, which ties Gaborik on the Wild's all-time list. … The Jets acquired Joe Morrow and Stastny prior to the NHL Trade Deadline and each has scored a game-winning goal in the series. Winnipeg won Game 1 3-2 on Wednesday. … Byfuglien had a game-high eight hits. ... The Jets have won 11 in a row at home dating to March 2. … Jets forward Mathieu Perreault did not play because of an upper-body injury sustained in Game 1.


What's next

Game 3 of Western Conference First Round at Xcel Energy Center on Sunday (7 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS, FS-N+)


Video: Laine, Myers lead Jets to 4-1 win, 2-0 series lead

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