And just like that, the Wild turned a possible victory into a 3-2 defeat.
The Penguins lost by four goals, but if not for a few missed opportunities and bounces that didn't go their way, they could have won Game 2. The talk of the turnovers that led to the tying and winning goals and the awful analytics of Carson Soucy. "Once the nerves settle in, you've got to just play your game and just do what you've got to do", said Roslovic. Give the other team credit tonight.
"That was the ideal weekend for us".
Laine's goal helped turn the tide for the Jets, who gave up a pair of goals early in the third period to fall behind after taking a 1-0 lead. Both teams are loaded with highly skilled professionals trained to force their opponents into making mistakes.
What happened was another Bruins goal on the ensuing power play that made it 5-1 in the first game between the bitter rivals. "We got to figure out a way to get some offensive zone time". The difference of course is that the Wild did not make those turnovers count on the scoreboard. When the Wild are playing well they are generating offense off the shot.
"They're just going to try and get back to their speed game", Lowry said. Now it is up to Staal, Zucker, and Niederreiter to make the necessary adjustments to become more effective.
The most vulnerable segment of the Wild's lineup at the outset of the playoffs was without question its blue line.
The Golden Knights were also without No. 1 goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury for those two games, but Malcolm Subban made a career-high 41 saves and Reilly Smith scored the only goal in a six-round shootout in a 4-3 shootout win over Nashville on December 8.More news: Seahawks reportedly postpone a Colin Kaepernick workout over protest uncertainty
The next area that needs to be addressed and I am truly not sure Boudreau will ever do this but he needs to manage the minutes that Koivu is playing. Putting up 14 shots in the middle frame - as compared to Minnesota's five - Winnipeg increased its lead to 27-14 heading into the third period of play. This will last until the Jets decide to punch the Wild in the face again and Boudreau's group disappears quietly into the offseason waiting for the excuse-makers to do their thing.
While the Golden Knights got off to an 8-1 start to the regular season, including three overtime wins, most people expected the first-year team to come back to reality. Koivu did eventually glide to the hashmark and the whistle was blown.
It was complete domination from the Jets on this particular night, as the Wild weren't competitive in the slightest.
The Jets played without forward Mathieu Perreault, who departed Game 1 with an upper-body injury and was considered a game-time decision for Friday night. Defenceman Dustin Byfuglien was a one-man wrecking crew, leading all players with eight hits.
The vice president of player safety's department suspended Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri three games for boarding Boston forward Tommy Wingels in what the league called a hit made in the name of retribution and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head on Vegas forward William Carrier.
"Listen, we're trying", Boudreau said, knowing that his fragile team couldn't take another punch. The Wild only put up four shots in the remaining 15 minutes of the period.
Should be another great game between these two Central Division rivals. The crowd was unbelievable behind that team.
"This is our hockey state", Gov. Mark Dayton said.