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The infraction occurred in the first period of Tuesday's Game 4 of the Jets NHL playoff series against the Minnesota Wild. It was also the first playoff shutout in the history of the Winnipeg/Atlanta franchise. Yes the Wild could have and should have had a two man advantage, but their is no guarantee that they would have scored on that, and there was still over two periods of hockey left to play.
Minnesota goalie Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves. He earns his money at the top of the crease, and the Wild badly need that in a series where time and space are at a premium.
Jets coach Paul Maurice clearly disagrees with Boudreau and said he'd be surprised if there was a suspension. He finished the game with an empty net goal with just 10 seconds remaining in the game.
Minnesota announced on Tuesday that Zach Parise suffered a fractured sternum in the Wild's 6-2 game-three win over the Jets. "But we do talk about trying to score the next goal". "Tough. I'm all for playing hard, I love it, it's part of the game but that wasn't a good play".
Connor Hellebuyck recovered from a shaky performance to notch 30 saves and the Winnipeg Jets defeated the Minnesota Wild 2-0 in Game 4 on Tuesday night to pull within one game of advancing to the Western Conference semifinals at Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn.
Added Wild coach Bruce Boudreau: "I have no idea what was said in their room but I guaranteed it was about check, check, check", Boudreau said. However, Morrissey might want to keep his phone nearby after the game because there's a chance the league's Department of Player Safety could be calling.
In an interview after Game 3, Hellebuyck said: "It's the playoffs, we're going to lose, it's not losing it's how you respond after a loss".
Across the hall, Morrissey adamantly defended his action as accidental. "My stick ended up getting up a little bit on him". "I wasn't even looking when I made the initial move, I would never try to do that to anyone on objective".
Morrissey apologized to Staal later in the game, but that wasn't any consolation for him or the Wild.
"He cross-checked me", Staal said. "And at the very most you might look at a fine, but thankfully Eric Staal played the rest of the game, played hard, played well, finished all of his checks [and] played with an edge". "Everyone saw it. I don't know how no one with stripes saw it".
Mark Scheifele scored his second and third goals of the postseason in the victory. He collected the puck after the game and the smile could not come off his face. "I don't know if it changed my game too much because I prepare the same way, and I do the same things every day". "I guess it's just a nice milestone that me and my family will enjoy". Expect him to miss multiple games.
Yet earlier in the period it was Hellebuyck's pad save of defenseman Matt Dumba's shot that kept the blanking in place.
"That's the dream", Jets defenseman Joe Morrow said of Hellebuyck's rebound.
"That's the guy who's been there all year for us", Morrissey said.
Rookie Tucker Poolman, who played 24 games in the regular season, took Myers spot next to Ben Chiarot. Game 5 is at Winnipeg on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; USA, SN, TVAS2, FS-N). Maybe Charlie Coyle or Nino Niederreiter should have become that guy.