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Jets ready for tougher test as series shifts to Minnesota

15 April 2018

Game 3 of the Jets' best-of-seven National Hockey League playoff series with the Minnesota Wild is set for 6 p.m. today at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, but with strong winds and periods of snow expected through the overnight, playing the game as scheduled could be a challenge.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - It's great to play well, even better to win. Less than two minutes later, the Wild turned the puck over, which led to a Bryan Little cross-ice pass to Andrew Copp to put the Jets up by three.

"As a coach, you care about everything".

The Wild announced that the pre-game party for Sunday's game has been cancelled.

"When we wake up tomorrow, you look back and say: 'OK, which parts of the game did we do well.' And we'll be able to look at a lot of that tape and say we did really well". I'm hoping there's a pretty large contingent of us.

"I thought they were physical the whole game".

Wild forward Zach Parise scored his second goal of the series when he deflected a Mikko Koivu shot past Hellebuyck at 19:15. "That's the bottom line". "We gotta figure out a way to get some offensive zone time and I feel like we've been playing on three quarters of the rink for two games now". And that led to the Flyers' first goal of the playoffs - a deep shot from Shayne Gostisbehere.

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.

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"We've had quite a few players out for quite a while here". "It's a long series". But by no means is it, 'Oh, we're at home.

"We have to embrace the fact that we're down 2-0", Hynes said. "And I think we work hard to fix those things". "You just try to be aggressive and play it just like any other breakaway".

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.

Hynes wasn't ready to discuss whether he'll change starting goaltenders for the next game. The first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs continues Friday with a couple of underdogs trying to scrap for new life in their rivalry series to start the postseason.

"I thought Cory came in and played really well", Hynes said. "It's going to be very tough for us".

Five players scored in the Lightning's 5-2 victory in Game 1, with just one of the goals coming from the team's top line of Kucherov, Steven Stamkos and J.T. Miller - Kucherov's empty-netter with a little over a minute remaining.

Both of Killorn's goals came on power plays.

Vasilevskiy stopped 29 of 31 shots in the opener and was outstanding again Saturday.

Winnipeg has outshot Minnesota 84-37 over the first two games of the series.

Jets ready for tougher test as series shifts to Minnesota