Whiteout. The Winnipeg Jets fanbase is known for exactly that. Each home game the 15,000 plus fans dress in all white and wave a white towel around during the entire game. It is a very special sight to witness but not only did they have a whiteout take place in the stadium but if you walked outside you saw the exact same thing out in the street. The fanbase is key to many teams success and we have seen that over the years. Hearing the fans gives players extra motivation and if often helps and we saw that happen during the first series between the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild.
It is not just the fan base that led to the Jets success but they have been dominate on all ends of the spectrum throughout the regular season and early in the postseason. The offense was very dominate in the first period of Game 5 as Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored within the first 12 minutes of the game. Trouba was the first one to score 31 seconds into the game and Little, Tanev and Armia followed. The Winnipeg Jets started the game by attacking the Wild very quickly as they successfully scored four goals on just ten shot attempts in the opening period. The Winnipeg Jets went on to beat the Minnesota Wild 5-0 on Friday night to win their first playoff series in franchise history.
The Jets have had an outstanding performance from goalie Connor Hellebuyck who had recorded his second shutout of the series with 30 saves tonight. As the Jets defeated the Wild and advanced to the second round the Jets will play the winner of the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche series. Scheifele scored his fourth goal of the series just 32 seconds into the third period with a one-timer during a power play.