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Little cherishing Jets' first playoff series win

Forward thrilled for city of Winnipeg, appreciated by teammates

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- After the Winnipeg Jets eliminated the Minnesota Wild with a 5-0 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round series on Friday, Jets forward Bryan Little, his wife Brittany and a couple of teammates and their wives went to a restaurant on the way home.

When they walked in, the place burst into applause.

"Never been in that kind of spot before," Little said after winning a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time in an NHL career that has spanned 11 seasons.

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Jets bask in passion from fans after first playoff series win

Players, coaches marvel at love, support following clinching victory against Wild

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will continue their journey in the Stanley Cup Playoffs next week when they play the Nashville Predators or Colorado Avalanche in the Western Conference Second Round. For now, they're still marveling at the city's celebration mode after they eliminated the Minnesota Wild.

The Jets closed out their first-round series Friday with a 5-0 victory in Game 5 at Bell MTS Place. It was the first series win for the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers franchise and the first series win in the NHL playoffs by a Winnipeg team in 31 years. The original Jets (now the Arizona Coyotes) defeated the Calgary Flames in the Smythe Division Semifinals in six games in 1987.

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Jets overcome injuries on defense, eliminate Wild in five games

Depth plays huge role for Winnipeg in Western series

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- The Western Conference First Round series between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild was one of attrition.

Winnipeg's 5-0 victory in Game 5 at Bell MTS Place on Friday not only clinched the best-of-7 series 4-1, it also illustrated which team was more equipped to overcome injuries.

Before the Stanley Cup Playoffs began, the Wild lost defenseman Ryan Suter with a fractured ankle on March 31. They then had to do without forward Zach Parise, who fractured his sternum late in Game 3 and couldn't return to the series.

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Myers set to return for Jets in Game 5 against Wild

Defenseman says he'll be back in lineup; Winnipeg looks to close out Minnesota in first round

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Tyler Myers said he'll be in the lineup for the Winnipeg Jets when they host the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bell MTS Place on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N).

The Jets, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-1, can win a Stanley Cup Playoff series for the first time in their history.

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Former Jets hope clincher is finally at hand against Wild in Game 5

City hasn't celebrated playoff series win since 1987

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Stanley Cup Playoff fever is widespread in Winnipeg, but to fathom how intense it is, it's essential to consider some history: The city has not celebrated a playoff series victory in 31 years.

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Laine turns 20, happy with goal total as teenager for Jets

Forward ranks No. 3 before that age in NHL history

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WINNIPEG -- Patrik Laine's days as a teenager are over, but the Winnipeg Jets forward said his 20th birthday Thursday should change nothing.

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Jets won't change approach for potential Game 5 clincher vs. Wild

Winnipeg has chance to win playoff series for first time

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets have a chance to eliminate the Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of the Western Conference First Round at Bell MTS Place on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N), and coach Paul Maurice wants little or nothing to change in how they approach the game.

The Jets, who lead the best-of-7 series 3-1, have never won a playoff series since entering the NHL as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999-00, but Maurice has plenty of experience closing out an opponent. As coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, Maurice's teams got to three wins in a series five times and won all five, though not always in the first try. He has a 5-3 record in games when his team has had a chance to eliminate an opponent, so he knows what to expect.

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Jets not surprised Hellebuyck rebounded in Game 4

Vezina finalist makes 30 saves to shut out Wild after being pulled previous game

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Connor Hellebuyck passed a big Stanley Cup Playoff test with a 2-0 shutout win for the Winnipeg Jets against the Minnesota Wild in Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round series at Xcel Energy Center on Tuesday.

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Jets have plenty to fix against Wild in Game 4, but not goaltending

Winnipeg confident Hellebuyck can bounce back after poor showing in loss

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The Winnipeg Jets were quick to pinpoint improvements needed heading into Game 4 of the Western Conference First Round against the Minnesota Wild at Excel Energy Center on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET; CNBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-N).

The Jets lead 2-1 in the best-of-7 series following a 6-2 loss to the Wild in Game 3 on Sunday.

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Wild rebound against Jets in Game 3 behind Parise, Staal

Success at home helps Minnesota to first win of series

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The Minnesota Wild made their stand at home in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets, and nobody should be surprised at who made plays at the key times.

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