Wild strike back vs. Jets in Game 3

April 16, 2018 2:54 AM

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Winnipeg still winless on road in playoff history. Six goals on home ice Minnesota post-season record.

ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Minnesota Wild scored four second-period goals Sunday en route to a 6-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3 of their first-round NHL playoff series.

It was the first win for the Wild in the best-of-seven series, and left the Jets still looking for their first road playoff win in franchise history.

Eric Staal, Marcus Foligno, Jordan Greenway and Matt Dumba scored in the second period and Zach Parise and Mikael Granlund scored in the first.

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Blake Wheeler and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets, but Myers left the game in the second period after an awkward collision with the boards and did not return. Starter Connor Hellebuyck racked up 16 saves in the opening 40 minutes, but did not finish the game.

Minnesota set a franchise record for goals in a home playoff game, and showed some offensive ambition after being held to 20 shots or fewer in the series’ first two games in Winnipeg. Devan Dubnyk made 29 saves.

The Jets tried to travel to St. Paul on Saturday, but were diverted to Duluth, Minn., due to a spring blizzard that closed the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. They eventually returned to Winnipeg and did not arrive in Minnesota until Sunday morning.

The tone was set in the opening minute of Sunday night’s game with Minnesota pressuring, as Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien levelled Wild forward Nino Niederreiter at the side of Winnipeg’s net.

Wheeler put Winnipeg up 1-0 on a power play on the first Jets shot of the game, snapping a bouncing puck from along the goal line that caromed off Dubnyk’s glove hand and in. It was the third career playoff goal for Wheeler, and his first of the series.

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Source: thestar.com

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