Winnipeg celebrates first playoff win in 22 years

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The Jets ended the regular season with nine consecutive wins at home-they haven't lost in Bell MTS Place since February-and the Wild found out just how hard it is to win in Winnipeg.

The Jets defenceman scored at 12:47 of the third period to lift the Winnipeg Jets to a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their first-round NHL Western Conference playoff series.

The Wild had planned a pre-game outdoor party but cancelled it due to the storm. That's how Friday night went for Minnesota.

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"I thought Cory came in and played really well", Hynes said. But coaches and players know that, in itself, isn't enough.

"I think we're going to take the first game down there".

Morrow was acquired at the trade deadline from Montreal in exchange for a fourth-round draft pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

The Wild are in the postseason for the sixth consecutive season.

One will go in an alcohol-free area at Millennium Library Park, where True North vice-president for venues and entertainment Kevin Donnelly says you can bring those lawn chairs there wasn't space to set down on Wednesday night.

During the regular season, he was 44-20 with a 2.36 GAA and a.924 save percentage on the year, including 30-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a.921 save percentage here at home.

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Copp made it 3-0 at 9:24 when he redirected in a Bryan Little shot.

The Jets this season have tallied the 11th-most hits per game (22.5).

There was no immediate word on the Jets' next step - either to wait out the weather and fly in the evening when Minneapolis Airport may reopen, or try to bus to their destination. Winnipeg had full control over the entire game and held the Wild to three shots in the third period.

Then again, no one knows better than the Wild, or Boudreau, that being favored doesn't mean much on the ice. "We're going to do our best to make this a series and compete".

Game 4 was scheduled for Tuesday. The Jets countered by asking their fans to wear white and after defeating the Flames in six games, the tradition stuck. The Jets outshot the Wild 14-0 in the next several minutes and regained the lead.

Think Winnipeg enjoyed the Jets' series-opening playoff win? Atlanta was swept from the 2007 post-season by the New York Rangers.

Second-year defenceman Josh Morrissey admitted there are nerves, but mostly before the puck drops.

Perreault was roughed up on multiple occasions during Game 1 on Wednesday before he ultimately left the ice for good after logging just 6:52 of ice time.

They started partying on the street adjacent to Bell MTS Place in the afternoon, packed the arena by the time the teams came out for warmups and chanted "go Jets go" throughout the game. Hellebuyck so far has had things his way as his team is providing him good scoring (nine goals in two games) and excellent defense in front of him.

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