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Wild Head Home Down 2-0 to Jets

Winnipeg stifles Wild again in 4-1 Game Two win

April 14, 2018 - 7:57 am
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As bad as it was to get their offense going in a game one loss to Winnipeg, it was even more difficult on Friday night when the Wild were held in check in a 4-1 loss to the Jets.

The loss puts the Wild in an 0-2 hole in their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series, with the next two games at the Xcel Energy Center.

The Wild managed just 16 shots on goal in game two, and all but one were stopped by Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. He made 18 saves in Winnipeg's 3-2 victory in game one. Tyler Myers gave the Jets a 1-0 lead Friday with a goal in the second period. The Jets put the game away with three goals in the final period. Winnipeg fired 43 shots on Devan Dubnyk in game two after getting 40 shots on goal in the opener.

"I'm disappointed because we're down 0-2," said Wild coach Bruce Boudreau following the game in Winnipeg. "They're playing hard, not that we aren't playing hard. They're going to be tough."

Dubnyk made 40 saves and Zach Parise scored his second goal in as many games, lighting the lamp on the power play with 45 seconds left to avoid the shutout.

"We've got to play a lot better than we've had in the first two," said Parise. "We've got to figure out a way to get some offensive zone time."

"We're a real good home team," said Dubnyk. "We got to get the next one for sure. We're been in good spots."

This is the fourth consecutive play-off series where the Wild have dropped the first two games. They lost all four of those series, and haven't moved to the second round of the Stanley Cup play-offs since beating St. Louis 4 games to 2 to open the 2014-15 postseason.

The puck is scheduled to drop for game three Sunday in St. Paul at 6 p.m. Game four is Tuesday at the Xcel Energy Center, with game five, if necessary, back in Winnipeg.

"We'll be ready on Sunday," said Boudreau. "Sometimes the other team has the jump and has everything going for them. But we'll be ready. We've got a lot of pride in that room."