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Jets battle weather to make it to Minnesota for Game 3

Jets battle weather to make it to Minnesota for Game 3

After being pushed around almost 500 miles from home and returning to the Twin Cities down 2-0 in a best-of-seven series, it was reasonable to wonder whether the Wild could actually hang with the rival Winnipeg Jets.

The power play also suited the Wild. Everyone remembered his hit on Joel Eriksson Ek in Game 1 and his hit on Mikko Koivu in Game 2.

Jets fans making the trip south to Minneapolis Saturday for Games 3 and 4 of the NHL Stanley Cup playoff series with the Minnesota Wild were in for a shock as what is being described as an historic storm hit Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"We stuck up for each other", Wild centre Eric Staal said. "Everybody knew that coming in".

The weekend snowfall pushed the total this month to an April-record 23.2 inches as of 7 a.m. Sunday, passing the previous high of 21.5 in April 1983, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

"We are here to play", Devan Dubnyk added, calling it a "statement game" for the Wild. He needs to be good for the Wild to be successful and it showed tonight.

Sunday's routine will more closely resemble a pre-season game but long travel days come with the territory of being a professional athlete and they've been around this block once or twice before. Marcus Foligno scored minutes later to make it 6-2 Wild through two.

It continued with Jason Zucker standing up for for his teammates after what he felt like was an unnecessary cross check near the crease.

Minnesota scored four second-period goals Sunday en route to a 6-2 win over the Jets, halving Winnipeg's series lead to 2-1.

"We did bend a little bit in the third but didn't break, so it's a good feeling to be up 2-0", Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman said.

"We've got to play a lot better than we have in the first two", Parise said.

And then things really started to get tough. We have to win one game.

Though the Wild could've sunk their shoulders after that unfortunate bounce, they relied on their physical play to earn a two-man advantage, and Mikael Granlund buried a rebound to tie the score. "We've got to play our absolute best". But the simple fact starting goalie Brian Elliott was able to bounce back after giving up five goals on only 19 shots in Game 1 (the fifth time in five meetings this season that the Penguins had scored at least five goals against the Flyers) before getting pulled and play the game he did may have been the single biggest factor in the win. Instead, the concern after 120 minutes of hockey has been the Wild offense, which has managed only three goals and 37 shots in two games.

Hellebuyck had little chance on Minnesota's third goal, early in the middle period, as Dumba's shot from the point made it through a crowd at the top of the crease for a 3-1 Wild lead. The Wild will try to build on this momentum and cut this series down to a best of three. "We can beat this team".

As for the impact the travel headaches would have on the Jets, as they prepared for Game 3 on foreign ice, both teams scoffed it would have any impact.


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