Jets take playoff opener in tight game with Wild

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The pace was noticeably quicker. The crowd was arguably louder. Although once again battling a slow start and a red-hot opposing netminder, the Jets manhandled the visiting Wild, crushing the Americans in almost every facet of the game, finished atop Minnesota in the shot department 44-17, and ultimately, with a 4-1 victory.

Former Capitals center Mathieu Perreault was knocked out of the Winnipeg Jets' playoff opener against the Minnesota Wild, Wednesday night.

"The first game was wonderful". I think the under is the smartest play here and it's hit in three of the last four meetings this season. Furthermore, the Jets are now 4-1 against the Wild this season and have won all three meetings on their home ice. After a fairly even and scoreless first period, the Jets left the Wild in their dust.

Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk (39 saves) played a second consecutive solid game but received absolutely no support. Not long after, defenseman Tyler Myers walked around Jason Zucker before beating Dubnyk with a shot to the far side to give the Jets the lead.

The marker came 53 seconds after Zach Parise gave the Wild a 2-1 advantage.

The line brawl was highlighted by a spirited round of fisticuffs between Daniel Winnik and Brandon Tanev.

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"Everybody got out healthy".

Jets head coach Paul Maurice said the slogan refers to a "technical piece to our game" and doesn't believe there is anything inappropriate about it.

The Winnipeg Jets celebrate a goal by Paul Stasny during the third period at Bell MTS Place. Not even the fighting, the chirping going on back and forth. What I'm trying to say is he's not the biggest guy in the world, but he's like, if you've ever read comics, like the Hulk. The Wild have now gone 18-24 on the road and they have averaged 2.79 gpg and have allowed 3.41 gpg in those games.

Then, big-bodied defenseman Dustin Byfuglien decided he wanted to set the tone, laying bone-crushing hit after bone-crushing hit in the second period, most notably crunching Mikko Koivu along the back boards midway through the frame.

Winnipeg finished the second period with a Corsi-for rating of 81 percent - an unprecedented mark worthy of a seat in the fancy stats Hall of Fame. Not too shabby. "Just another day at the office", Byfuglien said. "When you turn the pucks over in the middle of the ice". It doesn't happen very often. "You can tell they're playing hard".

"It makes me smile, I guess". "That's just part of it. I just enjoy playing the game", Byfuglien said. "We felt we had really good regular season experience this year and learned a bunch of things. We're not just happy to be here, we're looking to win some games and keep moving forward". Getting the puck through the neutral zone to form any kind of attack was a real chore, with numerous Wild's offensive threats thwarted before they got going. "This is a great time of year for him". That meant that after getting the first five shots of the game the Wild got outshot 44-12. That included an early power-play opportunity.

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Tonight the Wild need to generate more shots on goal and as simple as that sounds it needs to be their M.O. going forward.

They certainly did this night. Copp redirected a shot from Bryan Little for his goal.

"It was a fun one". Boston took it to Toronto in Game 1, winning 5-1. "They always seem to be on the puck and create a lot of chances there".

"I'm excited. It's going to be insane. He's pretty gifted, yeah", said Maurice.

With 10 seconds left in the game, fists started flying and a total of 65 penalty minutes were recorded.

The Jets scored the game's final two goals, with Morrow's shot from the point making it to the net. The Kings' only goal in the series has come from defenseman Paul LaDue, who has all of 34 games of National Hockey League experience in the regular season and two in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But it's not going to be easy obviously.

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