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How a painful playoff history made the Jets' Game 1 win even more special

Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Copp (9) and Tyler Myers (57) celebrates Copp's goal against the Minnesota Wild during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Friday, April 13, 2018, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. "They still have to win two more to put us out, and we're going to battle on home ice to get that back".

Winnipeg only got one shot on goal on the power play, but the momentum carried on for Myers' goal that made it 1-0 at 8:41.

They say that a team is not in trouble until they lose a game at home in a seven game series.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the team that wins the first two games at home in a best-of-seven series goes on to win the series 88.7 per cent of the time. "You'd like to say you played the flawless game, but somebody else has a vote out there", coach Jon Cooper said Saturday after a 5-3 victory in Game 2 of the first-round matchup.

"At this point we're not looking at doing anything for the away games, at least not on our end".

Asked in the morning how Wheeler, the Jets captain, would like to see Game 2 start, he quickly responded, "Ideal?"

That's about the worst thing that has happened to Winnipeg so far in the playoffs, as the Jets have dominated the last five periods of this series and even survived the Wild's attempt to send a message in the final seconds of Game 2 as fists flew all over the ice in a "playoff normal" show of increasing bad blood between these Central Division rivals. "We'll do our best to get this third game and go from there. We have to play our best game tomorrow". Kinkaid was a big part of New Jersey's success after Schneider went down with groin and hip injuries in January, earning the right to start his first playoff series. "The guys played so well in front of me, there's no fault". "I'm not going to speculate on whether we're going to use him or not use him".

Dubnyk, who entered the postseason with a 7-14 record and.903 career playoff save percentage, has performed exactly how the Wild hoped he would during the opening two road games. On a night that saw Pittsburgh get plenty of power-play opportunities and thoroughly out-shoot their bitter rivals, it was Philly's top line that delivered with the help of Nolan Patrick off the bench. Like in the closing seconds of the second period Crosby was standing by himself alongside a wide open net and inexplicably fired it through the other side of the crease, completing missing a chance to get the Penguins on the board. "It is what it is".

"Unfortunately I feel like we always find ourselves down 0-2, " Parise said.

Blake Wheeler was certain the second game would be different. "We're really only focused on home games at this point", the spokesman said. At 19 years, 100 days, he became the youngest player in franchise history to score a playoff goal. He also assisted on Stastny's goal.



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