Another Whiteout: Winnipeg Jets' flight to Minnesota rerouted due to blizzard

Minnesota Wild left wing Marcus Foligno is stopped by Winnipeg Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck with defensive help from Jets' defenseman Tyler Myers in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday

The Wild devoted most of Saturday to working on a plan to bust through the Jets' suffocating middle-ice scheme instead of just dumping it out.

"Just another day at the office", he deadpanned.

The Winnipeg Whiteout - that tradition which has Jets fans celebrating the region's often inclement winter weather by wearing white to playoff games - seemed like a good idea, especially as raucous home crowds helped spur the Jets to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff series with the Minnesota Wild.

Unlike game one where the Jets and Wild were very even (with Winnipeg winning 3-2), the second game of the series saw the Jets dominate.

On Friday, Byfuglien played a team-high 23 minutes, 51 seconds.

If you are looking for a team to root for based exclusively on number of MI alumni, that team is the Winnipeg Jets, who have three former Wolverines on the roster.

Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period for Winnipeg.

This franchise has never won a road playoff game, and as much as they enjoyed home ice in the first two games, the Jets are aware that a less-than-friendly reception is likely in Minnesota.

When Konecny held off Chad Ruhwedel and chipped the puck over Murray's glove 1:21 into the third the Flyers had control of the game.

Greenway, coach Bruce Boudreau said, "doesn't deserve to come out".

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But that's not all he does.

The game was very physical at the end of the contest. He had a team-high five shots on goal in Game 1 and added three more in Game 2. "That was a great play on Stastny's goal".

Kadri was tossed from Toronto's Game 1 loss at Boston for boarding Wingels, and Blue Jackets winger Josh Anderson was thrown out of their overtime victory at Washington for a hit from behind that injured Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny. I've played there a bunch of times and that building gets loud. "You know the time of year you're playing, but you're still just playing that same game". "I don't think we've got any room for rest".

"There's a lot of good things in our game to like", Devils leading scorer Taylor Hall said.

Connor Hellebuyck wasn't laying any blame for missing out on a shutout in his first National Hockey League playoffs by 45 seconds.

Jets defenceman Tyler Myers had a goal in the second period and also picked up an assist. With the Minnesota net empty and the Wild on a six-on-four man-advantage, Zach Parise redirected a point shot into Winnipege's net, ruining Connor Hellebuyck's bid for his first career playoff shutout. In the postseason, goals are usually harder to come by and the adrenaline of the moment brings hard hits that cross the line; a year ago, Penguins star Sidney Crosby missed a game with a concussion after a cross-check to the head from the Capitals' Matt Niskanen. Game 3 is set for Sunday in St. Paul at 7 p.m. ET.

Game 3 is Monday night in Newark, New Jersey.

Merrick, though, was buoyed by Saturday's display and said "we'll manage" the injury issues, with Ronny Vargas returing from a groin injury for the finals. "Being physical is one of our strong suits".

The Devils have played well in spurts, overcoming slow starts to keep both games interesting. If the hits are there, take it.

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