Cross-check lands Winnipeg's Josh Morrissey with one-game suspension

The Wild lost forward Zach Parise to a fractured sternum.

Hellebuyck made 11 saves in the first period, 10 in the second and nine in the third.

The Minnesota Wild are looking to tie the series.

"Nino has a breakaway, it's Morrisey that breaks it up; he should be out of the game", Boudreau said.

Fluky goals used to doom the Wild in the postseason, piercing their confidence and green-lighting the Blackhawks, Stars and Blues-take your pick-to throttle down and conveniently advance. Game 5 is in Winnipeg, where the Jets practically toyed with the Wild in the first two games of the series.

"Certainly can't fault us in trying". He took runs at Jets players, arguably targeted the head on Trouba and wound up knocking Myers out of the game.

Not exactly sure what is more disturbing, the fact that two referees didn't see a blatant cross-check that could ultimately be a deciding factor in the first-round series between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild or Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey's justification for cross-checking Eric Staal in the neck on the play.

The morning after a Game 4 loss that has left the Wild on the brink of elimination, coach Bruce Boudreau was unhappy about a missed call that he says cost his team Tuesday's game. Morrissey earned a secondary assist on the play. Maurice may have planted an owe-us-one seed in the officials' minds when he suggested Marcus Foligno should've been punished for colliding with Tyler Myers (now injured) in Game 3.

Morrissey said the incident was an accident. "My stick got up a little bit".

"I've never been suspended. If you had a chance to get him out, you'd play it as hard as you could, so I don't have any problem with that". The Wild were on a power play at the time and should have had a two-man advantage because of Morrissey's play, but the Jets defenseman was lucky to avoid a penalty. With 4:03 left in the third period Morrissey cross-checked Staal in the side of the head. I know it is playoff time and everything is so secretive, but in this case I think the timing had an adverse affect on the home crowd, who seemed reserved from the outset.

Every time a man went down in the regular season - Jacob Trouba for 27 games, Toby Enstrom for 39, Dmitry Kulikov for 20, Dustin Byfuglien for 13 - someone stepped up and filled in admirably. "Sieve! Sieve!" chant. One of Hellebuyck's most important stops came in the opening minutes of the second period, when a 3-on-1 rush by the Wild set up Matt Dumba for a wrist try denied with a sprawling glove stop. He was one of the three goalies nominated for the 2018 Vezina Trophy.

That to me was the turning point of the game. "I guess it's just a nice milestone that me and my family will enjoy".

After a tightly whistled game here Sunday night, there were only three penalties called.

This showing by Dubnyk might not be enough to extend the Wild's season - it could end as soon as Friday.

Three games into this menacing series, there are no secrets.

  • Rosalie Stanley