The hits were seemingly harder.
The Leafs start their quest for Lord Stanley tonight and the Jets took Game 1 last night vs the Wild.
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"The first game didn't go their way", defenseman Kris Letang told reporters. A pretty cool experience. We have to take care of business at home.
And so it went, the media chasing the magical, elusive elixir, the way the Wild had chased Winnipeg around the Minnesota zone for most of 60 minutes in Game 2.
Winnipeg outshot Minnesota 31-8 over the final 40 minutes (44-17 overall) and finally got some pucks past Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk. Scoring a goal. That would be ideal.
Hellebuyck made 16 saves.
Wingers Daniel Winnik and Brandon Taven fought.
"Everybody got out healthy". Minnesota has a solid offensive attack, but it isn't great by any means so the best way to win will be to keep the total combined goals at five or under.
Minnesota Wild coach Bruce Boudreau is keeping it simple.
"I think we view this as a missed opportunity", Cullen said. Not even the fighting, the chirping going on back and forth.
"All the matchups were hurting us [Friday]", Boudreau said.
Winnipeg finished the second period with a Corsi-for rating of 81 percent - an unprecedented mark worthy of a seat in the fancy stats Hall of Fame. The biggest was on Minnesota captain Mikko Koivu in the second period.
"Just another day at the office", Byfuglien said.
Kuznetsov was on the ice for 23:58, one of the highest time on ice marks of anyone who has scored a goal so far in these playoffs. "It washes them away and you get to enjoy it in front of a crowd like this and a city like this".
"I've had a major roller-coaster of an National Hockey League career so far", the 25-year-old Morrow said. It doesn't happen very often.
"You're trying to score and you're around the net and you know he's somewhere, but you can't really think at that point", Koivu said.
As for his thunderous hits?
"I don't know if it was about pride", said Elliott. "That just makes you smart".
"It's just there", Byfuglien said.
Come on people this is hockey and there are two teams playing the game. "I think we showed pieces of our game, but I don't think we played to our level".
"We're going to pull the sweep off. So we expect that, and I think we have to raise our game even more". "It's nice to get that off our backs and, hopefully, we get a lot more". A guy who loves the game loves coming to the rink.
Game two in Winnipeg as the Wild look to get a split on the road before the series shifts south of the border to the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday. But for one night on Friday he certainly did. Rookie forward Jack Roslovic, replacing injured veteran Mathieu Perreault, had a pair of assists.
"It was a fun one". Most coaches would have changed something between Games 1 and 2 because, well, that's just what you do when you lose a game, whether it's actually needed or not. "We played every minute just the way we wanted to, '" Laviolette said during his news conference after the series opener.
Joel Armia moved to the checking line with Adam Lowry and Tanev.
Eric Staal and his line of course must be better than they were in game one, but again, that is an easy finger point situation.
"We've had quite a few players out for quite a while here". But (Byfuglien) is always moving around, too, so that's what makes him tough to defend. Copp's goal came on Winnipeg's 35th shot of the game. But it's not going to be easy obviously. As the puck went down the ice Koivu inexplicably stopped skating and the linesman was looking at him nearly to say "uh Mikko, you know you need to get to the hashmarks for me to blow the whistle".