STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS: Jets blow lead and lose Game 1

A CT-155 Hawk

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The Jets have an incredibly deep forward group, so St. Louis will rely on the former third-round draft selection to perform similarly as the series moves on to Game 2 on Friday evening.

The Jets had taken a 1-0 lead in the first period on Patrik Laine's goal.

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"We still had two minutes to tie the game but couldn't do it". The jets will fly over the arena, no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle on their route.

"Real tight, and that's what we expect", Jets captain Blake Wheeler said of the game.

"I think this was just a hard, fighting, grinding game", said Hellebuyck.

"It's playoff hockey. I can take a hit", Binnington said. "They were looking for openings everywhere and they just happened to get (the last) one". The Finnish forward only had one goal in his last 19 games of the regular season. St. Louis won a faceoff in the offensive zone and worked the puck to Perron at the point, from where his long wrist shot made it through a screen and Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck. "We're just going to go play hockey".

Late in the first period, Vladimir Tarasenko raced past the defenders for the breakaway and the puck was almost in, but Dustin Byfuglien stopped the puck from going over the goal line. Vladimir Tarasenko fired a shot at Hellebuyck and the puck trickled out from under him toward the goal line, but Byfuglien swooped in and slapped it out of the crease. The Jets killed the penalty, and the message was clear: Winnipeg was engaged, and they weren't going to let St. Louis walk into their rink and push them around.

The Jets got their first power play of the game with 3:09 left in the middle frame.

Just over four minutes into the period, David Perron tied the game with the 1,000th postseason goal in franchise history. Bozak sniped a shot past Hellebuyck for the victor.

Hellebuyck was pulled right away for the extra attacker, but Binnington slid across his crease to make an impressive pad save on a Scheifele one-timer with under 15 seconds left. "That buzzer couldn't have come sooner".

NOTES: Winnipeg (47-30-5) and St. Louis (45-28-9) tied for second in the Central Division with 99 points. Last season, the Jets soared into the playoffs on a 9-1 run and made it to the Western Conference final, losing to Vegas in five games. He went 24-5-1 with a.927 save percentage to play a big role in the Blues' second-half playoff push.