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Ducks/Jets- The Better Team Won

from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,

It was the Winnipeg Jets who first posed the question, scribbling a rallying cry on the whiteboard in their dressing room Wednesday morning:

‘Why Not Us?’

And it was the Anaheim Ducks who provided a resounding answer Wednesday night.

Why not the Jets? Because, simply put, the Ducks are better. They’re better up front and along the blue-line. They have more depth, more experience... more everything.

The Ducks snuffed out the last flicker of hope for the Jets’ 2014-15 season in front of another raucous whiteout house at the MTS Centre in a 5-2 victory that was absolutely, positively textbook playoff hockey.

Anaheim’s four-game sweep does two things:

1. It punches their ticket to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, where they’ll face either the Calgary Flames or Vancouver Canucks. And;

2. It also means the Jets/Atlanta Thrashers remain the only NHL franchise without a playoff victory. They are now 0-8, including the New York Rangers sweep of Atlanta in 2007.

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The Anaheim Ducks Took Care Of Business In The First Round

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

The Ducks should win at least two rounds this year. L.A. isn’t in the way this time. Neither are the San Jose Sharks. By sweeping the Jets – a big, hard, physical team – the Ducks gave themselves time to heal their bumps and bruises and avoided additional punishment. They will face either the Calgary Flames or the Vancouver Canucks in the second round. They went 3-1-1 against each of them in the regular season.

Kesler was acquired to address two weaknesses – faceoffs and center depth – taking pressure off captain Ryan Getzlaf and giving Boudreau more matchup options. He was also acquired to give the Ducks another elite pain-in-the-butt in the top six along with Corey Perry. After a regular season of 20 goals and 47 points, he was what he was expected to be in the playoffs in the first round.

In Game 3, the fans chanted: “KESLER SUCKS!” Except that he doesn’t, and he loves playing the villain. He had a goal and two assists that night, including the tying goal with 2:41 left in regulation. In Game 4, he scored twice in the third period. First, he made it 3-1. Then, after the Jets had made it 3-2, after the fans had chanted loudly though an entire media timeout, he made it 4-2. Dagger.

“Obviously we wanted to silence the crowd tonight,” Kesler said, “and that’s what we did.”

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Good Show Winnipeg

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Just as the Jets and Ducks were taking to the ice, Ottawa was finishing off a 1-0 victory at home over Montreal to stay alive after, like the Jets, losing the first three games of the series. It was as though one Canadian team was setting the example for another. “See, do it like this.”

Inside the MTS Centre, the crowd at game time was just a shade less noisy, less subdued than spent by the frustrating results 48 hours earlier and the bleak scenario. The lungs seemed willing, but the spirit was flagging, and the emotion of the first playoff game on Winnipeg ice in 19 years earlier in the week was no longer fuel for the fans. Similarly, the players were so battered by the sheer effort it took to get to the post-season they seemed to have nothing more to give.

And so it was, in this mixture of hope and acceptance, of never-say-die fandom and a keen understanding that what was required of this team was too much to ask, that the Jets season ended with a definitive 5-2 loss to Anaheim. These last two games were needed to close the circle on Winnipeg’s lost-and-found NHL story, and within that context, getting swept by the Ducks probably won’t sting quite as much.

But that’s for the locals to decide.

“I do believe they appreciate the effort,” said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. “We’ll try to make things better next year beyond the effort.”

Winnipeg has proven something, the Jets have proven something, and now a promising future beckons. But the Ducks also showed that Winnipeg isn’t close yet, that more building needs to be done by GM Kevin Cheveldayoff and his crew before the Jets can truly be viewed as a contender in the Western Conference.

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Just Like That, Winnipeg Went Quiet

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,

Silence. The puck came out to the point, Francois Beauchemin fired it and Rickard Rakell deflected it into the net 5:12 into overtime Monday night. Just like that, the MTS Centre went from one of the loudest arenas of all-time to one of the quietest.

As the Anaheim Ducks celebrated their 5-4 victory and 3-0 first-round series lead over the Winnipeg Jets, you could hear their whoops and hollers all the way up to the rafters. Fans started filing out. After maybe a minute, some chanted, “Go, Jets, go!” But soon they faded, and there was no sound again. Hundreds stayed in their seats, stunned.

Nineteen years they had waited for this. Nineteen years they had waited to see an NHL playoff game in Winnipeg. Now they had to process a bittersweet mix of emotions – pride, excitement, frustration, disappointment.

“That’s one you’ll always remember,” said Jets winger Blake Wheeler. “Just too bad it wasn’t a more fond memory.”

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What A Night In Winnipeg

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

It was one of those nights. One of those crazy, old nights.

History offered a challenge, and hockey responded. As did Manitoba’s capital, producing an unforgettable occasion, a sporting memory pure and firm and lasting.

We shall remember this night.

It ended not as Winnipeg wanted, not as much as Canada wanted, not as one of Canada’s richest men wanted, but with a redirection by the relatively unknown Rickard Rakell off a point shot from Francois Beauchemin at 5:12 of overtime to end a raucous, rollicking night of hockey in favour of the Anaheim Ducks, not the hometown Jets.

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The Winnipeg Jets Need More Offense To Get Back In The Series Against The Anaheim Ducks

from Damien Cox of Sportsnet,

Winnipeg’s best attackers - Bryan Little, Scheifele, Andrew Ladd, Wheeler, Byfuglien - haven’t made a dent in Frederik Andersen, and only one Jet, Adam Lowry, has more than one point so far. The Jets power play has been blanked.

All this could change dramatically, and it could change tonight in Game 3. The Jets need it to against an Anaheim team that was No. 1 in the West this season, but has needed to come back in both games on home ice this series.

The challenge for the Jets will at least partly be to not let the enormity of tonight, the first home game for an NHL team in Winnipeg in 19 years, to become such an overwhelming factor that they neglect to improve those parts of their game that require attention. This is a series in which Game 3 has been held aloft as the key game before hostilities even commenced because it’s the first of its kind since Detroit eliminated the original Jets from the Stanley Cup playoffs back in 1996.

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About Corey Perry’s Game Winning Goal Last Night

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The pertinent language that applies to this contact and contained in rule 69.3 is as follows:

For Perry's part, "If an attacking player initiates contact with a goalkeeper, incidental or otherwise, while the goalkeeper is in his goal crease, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed."

To support any defensive contact initiated by Pavelec, "If a goalkeeper, in the act of establishing his position within his goal crease, initiates contact with an attacking player who is in the goal crease, and this results in an impairment of the goalkeeper's ability to defend his goal, and a goal is scored, the goal will be disallowed."

By virtue of the rule, the actions of both players qualified as a violation of goalkeeper interference and should result in a disallowed goal.

Perry was executing a skilled hockey play in attempting to draw the puck around Pavelec through the crease with his exceptional reach. In real-time, it would have been difficult for referee Dan O'Rourke to detect the extent and result of contact inside the crease given his position in the opposite corner from where Perry attacked the net. Without knowledge or regard to the contact, the referee determined that the puck had not entered the net with a 'washout' signal.

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The Anaheim Ducks Matched The Physical Play Of The Winnipeg Jets

from Mark Whicker of the Los Aneles Daily News,

Whether NHL players actually sleep during the playoffs is debatable. It’s classified information anyway. But it’s doubtful that the Anaheim Ducks were walking the floors when they got home from their 4-2 win in Game 1 of this first-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

At least not without a couple of ice packs.

The Winnipeg Jets brought the lumber to Honda Center from the very first shift of this game. It was playoff hockey that you could hear, not just see. It was a contact sport, in boldface. And there were times in the early going when the Ducks were getting rid of the puck prematurely in order to dodge all those hits.

You can take or leave the “hits” statistics that NHL teams compile. Generally, if you’re piling up a lot of hits, it means you don’t have the puck very much. But sometimes it is useful to show the general state of play.

In this game, Winnipeg had 37 hits and the Ducks had 46, including eight for the Jets’ Mark Stuart and six for the Ducks’ Andrew Cogliano, who needed a stepladder to deliver a shot to 6-foot-8 defenseman Tyler Myers but gave it a try anyway.

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Pressure Is On Bruce Boudreau And The Anaheim Ducks

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

He has coached the Ducks in a seven-game loss to Detroit in 2013, and a sluggish six-game victory over Dallas and a seven-game loss to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Kings last spring. Another inexplicably early playoff exit by the No. 1-seeded Ducks, who will face the No. 8 Winnipeg Jets starting Thursday at Honda Center, could trigger changes in Boudreau's job status and beyond.

"This is our third year with this group making the playoffs where there's some sort of expectations. I am going to watch very carefully not only the coaching staff, but how certain players play in the playoffs this year," General Manager Bob Murray told The Times Wednesday. "This is the third year and it's time.

"It's not just Bruce. The guys that have been here, it's time for some of them to step to the plate. I'm watching everybody. There's guys that haven't had good playoffs. It's time. They've got experience now. They've been there. It's time to step up."

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