Minnesota dropped a 5-0 decision in Game 5 against the Jets on Friday to get bounced from the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With AP Photos.Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild 5-0 to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history.
Winnipeg's power play was 2-for-7 (28.6 percent) and their penalty kill 7-for-8 (87.5 percent) at home, compared to 1-for-6 (16.7 percent) and 2-for-5 (60 percent), respectively, in two road games.
The party then kicked into high gear after the final buzzer sounded with the Winnipeg police tweeting some words of advice and encouraging people to have fun. Motorists may wish to steer clear for a bit - but friendly @NHLJets fans welcome. "We just couldn't get the one (goal) to go in to get things sparked". Otherwise, they run the risk of crashing hard when the aging core is no longer capable of driving results, and that day appears to be approaching rather quickly. "This is your night #Winnipeg", the police tweeted. But like Coyle said, it was a poor effort by the entire team in the series. "We couldn't defend like we did the first two games here".
Winnipeg's previous playoff appearance was a sweep by the Anaheim Ducks in 2015. The franchise moved from Atlanta in 2011.
"Ultimately, the game was lost in the first period", Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said.
The last time any Winnipeg team won a National Hockey League series was 31 years ago when the original Jets' franchise did it before relocating to Arizona in 1996.
The Wild were better in the second period, but they still couldn't figure out Connor Hellebuyck, who ended up making 30 saves for his second straight shutout.
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