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The Winnipeg Jets Advance To Round Two

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Finally, it is Winnipeg’s turn. At last, after all these years of front row seats to someone else’s run towards a Stanley Cup, Jets fans are cheering on a dominant, stacked home team that left someone else in their dust in Round 1.

Finally, Jets fans have a team that can take them somewhere, without a dynasty Oilers or Blackhawks club standing in their road. They are Western Canada’s team this morning. By Monday they’ll likely be Canada’s team — if they aren’t already.

“I’m not pinching myself. I’m not,” said one of the original Jets 2.0, Blake Wheeler, who came with this team from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season. “This isn’t a fairy tale. It feels real, so I’m staying in the moment.”

For the first time in Atlanta/Winnipeg franchise history, the Jets won a playoff series Friday, closing out the Minnesota Wild in five games with a 5-0 blow out. The Wild didn’t score a goal in the last seven periods of this series, and there wasn’t a player, coach, GM or scribe who left Bell MTS Place Friday wondering which was the superior team — injuries or no.

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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Until Friday night, the last time a team known as the Winnipeg Jets clinched a playoff series on home ice was on April 16, 1987.

Blake Wheeler was six months old at the time.

The only other members of the current Jets who were even born were Matt Hendricks, Paul Stastny, Toby Enstrom and Dustin Byfuglien.

Players like Patrik Laine, Nikolaj Ehlers and Kyle Connor? Their parents had likely not even started to think about kids.

Yes, you might say this has been a long time coming.

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