Jordan Greenway scores first NHL goal in key situation
Jordan Greenway scored his first NHL goal, combining good fortune and good luck.
The big winger, who joined the team after finishing his college season at Boston University, corralled a loose puck and whirled to score with five minutes left in the second period on Sunday night, giving the Wild a three-goal lead on its way to a 6-2 victory over Winnipeg.
You only get that moment once, so its pretty exciting, said Greenway, who played in six regular-season games. I stepped out in the high slot and the puck found me, and I tried to put it on net as soon as I could.
The shot found a perfect spot, high behind Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck.
Greenway had no idea where it was going but joked, Tell everyone I aimed it.
He is the first player in Wild history to get his first NHL goal in a playoff game.
A big loss
Winnipeg defenseman Tyler Myers did not play in the third period after injuring a leg when Wild winger Nick Foligno slid into him late in the second period.
The 6-8, 260-pounder scored a spectacular goal in Game 2 and also had a goal Sunday.
Jets coach Paul Maurice said he did not have an update on Myers.
Asked about the play, Maurice said he didnt love it, clarifying that he was referring both to the play and the injury. Jets forward Adam Lowry said he sensed no ill intent.
I think thats just an awkward play, Lowry said. Foligno just falls into him. Its unfortunate. I dont think there was any intent to injure.
Said Foligno: I went out to block the shot and then I thought he was jumping behind me and I dont know, I just got tangled up and then he button-hooked away from me. I didnt really like hit him or do anything other than I just might have caught his leg or something with my shin pad.
Despite losing the first two games in Winnipeg, the Wild didnt change its lineup, which meant Greenway was in and veteran winger Tyler Ennis was the odd man out again.
The only tweak among the regulars was on the blue line, with Nick Seeler starting alongside Jared Spurgeon and Carson Soucy dropping down to the third pairing next to Nate Prosser a swap the Wild made during Game 2.
Seeler stepped up in the game, leading the Wilds penalty kill, getting two assists and almost scoring his first NHL goal in his 25th game. He took a shorthanded feed from Daniel Winnik on a 2-on-1 and hit the post behind Hellebuyck. The puck skittered along the goal line and came out behind the goalie as the crowd roared.
The fans started cheering, and I put my hands up, Seeler said. Thats OK, sometimes they go in.
The snow and wind that pelted the Twin Cities over the weekend delayed the Jets arrival for Game 3. They didnt touch down in Minneapolis until Sunday morning after travel was grounded at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport for a chunk of Saturday.
I dont know if it made us worse, but I can say for a fact that it certainly didnt make us better, Maurice said.
Despite the grim weather, the Jets did try to fly out of Winnipeg on Saturday. But after loitering in Duluth, the team eventually decided to return to Winnipeg for the night and attempt the trip Sunday.
We got a little tour of northern Minnesota, got to touch down in Duluth, Hermantown area, spent a couple hours there, said Jets captain and Plymouth native Blake Wheeler. It was a long day, but ultimately we cant control everything. You try to control as much as you can. Were pretty spoiled the way we travel, so got to spend a little bit of extra quality time with the guys and slept in our own bed last night. So not all bad.
During that wait in Duluth, the Jets played cards and watched hockey and basketball games on their phones. Once they ran out of food, they started to roam the plane.
The whole point of having a routine is so when an aberration comes up, youve got a good place to go, Maurice said. You play in the Western Conference, weve got a one-hour flight to our first playoff game. Thats about 2andfrac12; hours shorter than what we did four years ago. So theres your time in Duluth. This is an easy travel.
andensp;The Wild called up forwards Kurtis Gabriel, Justin Kloos and Kyle Rau and goaltender Niklas Svedberg from the American Hockey League after Iowas season ended.
Staff writers Rachel Blount and Chris Miller contributed to this story.