April 18 2015 11:57PM
For a moment in the second things looked different. For a moment in the second the Winnipeg Jets started to play Jet hockey. For a moment in the second it looked like the Jets could split the Ducks in Anaheim.
...But then it all fell apart.
The Jets were severely out played in the first period. The game remained scoreless though with Ondrej Pavelec shutting the door.
Then the Jets came back in the second with new fire. They entered the zone with the puck, sustained pressure, and controlled the play. They even scored a goal from Adam Pardy. For the first time an Adam Pardy dangle led to a goal.
In the third things returned back to normal. Jets --a normally dominant 5v5 team-- was dominated, out shot, and let in two third period goals from Patrick Maroon and Jakub Silfverberg.
Let's break it down.
April 18 2015 08:46AM
Hopefully the playoff jitters are out of the way for the Winnipeg Jets.
Now, it's back to business.
Trailing 1-0 in their best-of-seven series, the Jets will look to get even when they face the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 Saturday night at the Honda Center.
The Jets (version 2.0) made their post-season debut since relocating to Winnipeg from Atlanta three years ago and dropped a 4-2 decision to the Ducks.
The game featured a combined 83 hits as both teams brought a high level of physicality.
"You got your money's worth from (Game 1)," Jets head coach Paul Maurice told the team's website on Friday. "If you want to see two teams go at it, that was a good, physical hockey game, and it was fun to be a part of."
Let's break down Game 2.
April 17 2015 05:29PM
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Teemu Selanne is coming back to Winnipeg.
The legendary former Winnipeg Jets (version 1.0) and Anaheim Ducks forward is expected to attend one of Games 3 or 4 at the MTS Centre, according to TSN 1290's Andrew Paterson, by way of Gary Lawless.
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April 17 2015 06:30AM
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April 16 2015 11:53PM
Welcome to the playoffs Winnipeg.
In what was a very underwhelming night where the Winnipeg Jets were almost immediately outplayed by the Anaheim Ducks, Winnipeg suffered it's first NHL playoff loss in many, many years.
The Jets and Ducks traded goals early in the first two minutes, with the scoring coming from Sam Vatanen and Adam Lowry. After the first two goals the game tightened up a bit, and the physicality went up a lot.
The second period only saw one goal, coming from the stick of Drew Stafford. The Jets picked up the lead and some were starting to get optimistic about the Jets...
...and then came the third. Late in the second the Ducks started to really pick up the pace and they did not slow down. Two goals from Corey Perry and a goal from Ryan Getzlaf and the Jets were out of luck.
Let's break it down.