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Winnipeg was without defenceman Tyler Myers, who was injured in Game 3 after a collision with Minnesota's Marcus Foligno.
Hellebuyck, fittingly, was named earlier in the day one of the NHL's three finalists for the Vezina Trophy that's awarded annually to the best goalie in the league. The Wild know it.
Who might have predicted that group to be playing for the Jets in a playoff series? After a six-goal outburst in their last appearance, the Wild had trouble generating the same kind of relentless attack and simply couldn't slide any pucks past Hellebuyck. Winnipeggers are just happy to be out there and we're happy to be celebrating."The parties are being organized by EDW and True North Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Winnipeg Jets and the arena, for every Jets home playoff game this year". The underdog Wild must win again just to hold serve at Xcel Energy Center and recalibrate the odds.
Speaking before the suspension was announced, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice did not say what lineup changes could be made.
The Jets suffered a 6-2 defeat in Game 3 on the road. "It didn't happen so it's not a good feeling". It was Scheifele's first career postseason game winning goal. They bought time because their special teams were superb.
"It cost us the game", coach Bruce Boudreau said. Elimination games are always the toughest games as teams have their backs to the wall. I know it is playoff time and everything is so secretive, but in this case I think the timing had an adverse affect on the home crowd, who seemed reserved from the outset. "Dubnyk played a solid game, but we're happy to grind that one out".
"If something goes bad against them, they forget about it and they move on and they worry about the next shot, next save, and have that right mind-set and mentality". In the last month Parise had really stepped up his game so the loss of him will be hard to overcome.
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The playoff clichés get thrown around all the time, and so here goes with the next one as it pertains to the Wild/Jets series.
"I'm not looking for an apology", Staal said. "There's no secret to that". Coyle, Zucker and Niederreiter are without a point in the series. The teams have established their games. "There's a penalty there and very most you might look at a fine". They have too much speed.
The loss of defenseman Ryan Suter on defense was debilitating, but not devastating.
So there is hope entering the pivotal game of the series.
Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck makes a save during the third period in Game 4 against the Wild.
Lose and it becomes a funeral march. "We'd look at this as just an injury".
On Tuesday afternoon, Parise, the Wild's best forward in this best-of-seven series, was diagnosed with a fractured sternum and declared by the club "week to week", which is shorthand for "maybe if we make the Stanley Cup Final". The Wild have a chance to hit the reset button Tuesday night.