NHL's Winnipeg Jets, stranded In Duluth, return to Canada amid blizzard

How a painful playoff history made the Jets' Game 1 win even more special

Wild let third-period lead slip away 3-2 loss to Jets to open playoff series

Game 3 is Monday night in Newark, New Jersey.

"I'm hoping there will be lots of Jets fans there, regardless we will be very loud and vocal to support our team, and we are wearing white!", emailed Wazny, a season ticket holder for last two seasons and fan since the days of the original Jets who got tickets for Game 3 as soon as the playoff schedule was released.

As they have done all season, the Jets will turn to their youth and depth for a potential replacement for Perreault, who is a game-time decision for Game 2 on Friday (Sportsnet, 7 p.m. EDT). "We just want to play fast".

The Wild will try to tie the best-of-seven series 2-2 when they host Game 4 on Tuesday night.

The middle frame saw Matt Dumba notch his first of the playoffs but Tyler Myers would get the Jets within one just three minutes later with his second of the post-season. Fighting pucks all night, Hellebuyck was pulled for Steve Mason at the second intermission. Mikko Koivu and Nick Seeler each had two assists and Dubnyk made 29 saves, keeping the crowd loud all night. Blake Wheeler got the Jets on the board early with a bad-angled shot that beat Devan Dubnyk, before several penalties cost the Jets their early lead in the first. He regularly made fantastic saves to keep the Jets at two goals in what could have easily been a high scoring game for both teams. "We're going to lose one once in a while. We've been that way all year", Little said.

The National Weather Service placed Minneapolis under a blizzard warning Saturday.

The Jets moved up their departure time from Winnipeg by about two hours to noon CT, but their chartered flight was unable to reach the Twin Cities.

The Jets are 24-11 in games where they serve fewer penalty minutes than their opponent and 35-20 when they serve fewer than 10 penalty minutes, in total.

"We drove down around like 4 or 5 in the morning because [CBC meteorologist] John Sauder said leave at that time".

Minnesota's best player in two nightmarish losses to the Jets north of the border had just yielded the game's first goal, on Winnipeg's first shot, spoon-feeding momentum it hardly needed.

Minnesota was 27-6-8 at home during the regular season.

"And then he shut the door". Six go by him, I don't think he's thinking about it too much.

Dubnyk has been the Wild's salvation this series, never mind the bloated numbers coming out of Manitoba.

"We didn't have a shot on goal until five minutes left in the third period", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau lamented. And one of the three goals came when down 4-0 with 44 seconds remaining.

"I saw it live, it was right in front of the bench", said Wheeler, who gets credit for at least conceding the obvious. "And that's when the game changed".

"Winning 1-on-1 battles, just outworking them". "And when we scored the goal in the first period finally, it made us believe that we could get another one". Myers had to be helped off the ice and did not return. Maurice had no update on the defenseman's condition, but without elaborating he suggested the injury could have been avoided.

Coach Paul Maurice, however, said the Duluth detour was no more onerous than a regular travel day to a Pacific-division hockey destination, such as Anaheim.

Here's a look at each team's projected odds to advance via SportsLine, not to mention their odds to win not only their conference, but also the Stanley Cup. The crowd was all insane like in Winnipeg for the first two games.

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