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JNGD.R1-G1 Recap: PLAYOFF VICTORY!

it wasn’t exactly pretty, it wasn’t quite the “domination” we expected, but the Winnipeg Jets have a 1-0 series lead on the Minnesota Wild after a 3-2 win thanks to a game winning goal from… *checks paper*

Wait.. This… *looks at paper again* Seriously? Joe Morrow?

Welcome to the Playoffs baby!

TALKING POINTS

  • Perhaps we expected the Jets to run roughshod over the Wild early, but that hasn’t been the Jets style at all this season really. Yeah, they can put up big numbers, but this has always been a methodical team that just chips away at a game. They pound a rock and it may not break in the first 5 or 10 or 15 shots, but it will break eventually.
  • Speaking of no panic, they got down 2-1, and didn’t panic. If anything they started to take over the game in the third period. They’ve done it all season and it’s still remarkable to witness as if we’re all seeing it for the first time.
  • Not sure why the Jets kept trying to go glove on Dubnyk, but that’s always been a strength for him. He’s much more vulnerable with the blocker and it’s no coincidence that the Jets first goal came on a shot that went blocker side.
  • Laine can shoot wherever he wants.
  • It’s almost like the Jets needed to trail to snap into this game proper. After that Wild second goal, the Jets played more like we had expected to see.
  • Jets fans had worried about being “goalied” by Devan Dubnyk and it almost happened. He was fantastic in this game with 37 saves. Hellebuyck only had 18 stops but the two goals against I don’t think you can peg completely on him.
  • Seriously… Morrow GWG! If that isn’t playoff hockey, what the hell is?

SCORING SUMMARY

GIF HIGHLIGHTS

HOW DID THEY CORSI?

Stats & charts courtesy Corsica.Hockey

Matchups are limited to 5-on-5 situations. Tile size is scaled by Time On Ice and colour is scaled by adjusted Expected Goals differential. Blue represents a home team advantage and red represents a road team advantage.

PLAYERS OF THE GAME

For Winnipeg: Adam Lowry – He didn’t score, he didn’t have any assists, but he was a wrecking ball for the Jets and was a big difference in fourth line duty.

For Minnesota: Devan Dubnyk – Dubnyk as mentioned and as advertised was strong and is a great first save goalie. The Jets are going to have to get traffic and continue pelting him with pucks.

NEXT FLIGHT

The Jets hold a 1-0 lead and look to go two for two with another win on Friday. The puck drops on game two at 6 PM(ish) on Friday night at Bell MTS Place.

  • Dubnyk and the refs kept the Wild in the game because a game officiated like this favors the Wild as they don’t have the size, speed or skill to keep up with the Jets. If the refs allow the Wild to hold, slash and tackle the Jets players this series could go 6 games instead of 4.