Jets defenseman Morrissey suspended 1 game

So that leaves the Wild without Parise and Ryan Suter who will miss the playoffs with a broken ankle.

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Connor Hellebuyck bounced back in a big way, just as the Winnipeg Jets were expecting. Minnesota went on to win that night 6-2 and cut its series deficit to 2-1.

Before the suspension was announced, Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said that, at the most, Morrissey's action deserved only a fine. He has 13 goals and 33 assists for 46 career points in 164 games.

"Certainly can't fault us in trying".

Scheifele's first goal came with 28 seconds left in the first period after the Jets killed off the first Minnesota power play of the game.

"Complete accident ... I'm not a dirty player", said Morrissey, whose 29 shifts in Game 4 trailed only fellow defenceman Jacob Trouba (30) on the Winnipeg roster. "It cost us the game". "We're flying by the seat of our trousers a little bit in terms of how fast we're having to move and the thousands and thousands of Winnipeggers who want to be a part of this", Spiring said. "I would never try to do that". "You can not use an excuse of, 'Well, I haven't played in awhile.' That to me is a crock".

No call was made, and the game continued - even as Staal dropped to the ice in pain.

"I'm the tallest guy on the ice". With 4:03 left in the third period Morrissey cross-checked Staal in the side of the head. "But if anybody knows Zach, he's one of the hardest workers around, and he worked himself into getting ready to play".

This season Morrisey scored seven goals and had 19 assists for 26 points. Had there been another penalty coming, the Wild may very well have caused the Jets to touch it sooner, which would have given them a slightly longer 5-on-3.

Just before the start of Tuesday's game, the 24-year-old learned that he was one of three contenders for the Vézina Trophy, awarded each season to the NHL's top goaltender.

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"It definitely added a little more hop to my step".

"I'm not looking for an apology", he said. "I guess it's just a nice milestone that me and my family will enjoy".

This game was in stark contrast to an offensive-flowing Game 3 when the teams combined for eight goals as the Wild won for the only time in the series.

There was no penalty called. Game 5 will be on Friday.

Game 4, the tightest game of the series thus far, spun on succession of events and they all involved Morrissey's hockey stick.

The crowd at the Jets whiteout party on Donald Street in Winnipeg last Wednesday.

"Well, usually I'm pretty subjective in that, OK, it was a bad call, but we didn't deserve to win anyway, or this and that", Boudreau said.

Byfuglien needed to log more minutes because mainstay Tyler Myers was out for the Jets. He was replaced by Tucker Poolman, a native of Iowa who played in college at North Dakota, on Winnipeg's third blue line pairing with Chiarot.

Without Parise, Boudreau says guys like Jason Zucker, Nino Niederreiter and Charlie Coyle must elevate their play.

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

  • Tabitha Byrd