SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- As the Twin Cities were digging out from a record-setting April snowstorm on Monday, the Minnesota Wild were hoping to keep digging out from the hole they created after losing the first two games of their playoff series with the Winnipeg Jets.
But on the day after the Wild finally showed some offense, getting their first win of the series by a 6-2 count on Sunday, their coach cautioned that his team's status was still plenty urgent heading into Game 4 down two games to one.
"We're still in a desperate situation. We were last night and we are tomorrow," Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said after his team's practice on Monday. "If we lose (Tuesday), we're still down 3-1 going into Winnipeg. It's not a question about feeling good about yourself. We survived."
The Wild clearly enjoyed being at home for the first time in the series and are looking to build upon the success they had in Game 3 as they attempt to even the series.
"I don't think we changed too many things. We really just want to keep things simple," said Wild rookie forward Jordan Greenway, who scored his first NHL goal on Sunday. "We wanted to wear down their D early. I think we played a lot more physical, we kind of made the first push. That was key. Going forward I think keeping that physicality and wearing them down, I think more space should open up for us like it did (Sunday) and we should get more chances."
For the Jets, the biggest question remained unanswered after their skate on Monday. Defenseman Tyler Myers left Game 3 in the second period after an awkward collision, first with Wild forward Marcus Foligno and next with the boards near the Winnipeg bench. Jets coach Paul Maurice offered no update on Myers' status Monday but did reiterate that he didn't like the hit and expected the league to take a look at Foligno's actions.