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Ducks remain masters of the one-goal game

ANAHEIM Calif – This one will be another tough pill to swallow for the Winnipeg Jets who see themselves heading home down two games to none after yet another third period meltdown. This time there were some questionable calls that were not made that led to a goal in the last twenty seconds that gave the Anaheim Ducks a 2-1 win and a 2-0 lead.

This is a hard hitting best of seven series that shifts back to Winnipeg where the White Out will be something that the Ducks will have to overcome as fans have been waiting 19yrs for another NHL playoff game.

“We’ve been like this all year and for us to be like that, I mean, it’s unbelievable,” forward Patrick Maroon said. “The way we come in here so calm in the second, going into the third. We just know we have it in us, and I thought we did it again tonight. I thought we put [forth] a great effort, first, second and third [period].”

The Jets survived an onslaught by the Ducks in the first and then took over the second period but the third slowly went back to the Ducks as the hits kept getting bigger between these two clubs, Anaheim out hit the Jets 48-33. The ice bags will be out on the flight back to Winnipeg for sure.

While the Jets sagged in the third, the Ducks found an extra gear.

“It’s something, for whatever reason, we’ve had a lot of experience with this season,” Cam Fowler said. “Whether it’s protecting a one-goal lead or pushing to get a goal back. It definitely helps to have some regular season experience to fall back on when you find yourself in those situations. We’re a confident group. We believe no matter what.”

Ondrej Pavelec was superb once again for Winnipeg stopping 37 of 39 shots and both goals were scored with tons of traffic in front.

Frederik Anderson stopped 28 of 29 shots to get another impressive win for his Ducks.

Adam Pardy, who was just told he would be in the lineup for Winnipeg five minutes before the game scored his first goal in four years which was a beauty, got the lone goal for the Jets.

“It’s good, but not that good,” Pardy said. “I’d rather have the win.”

Ducks got goals from Patrick Maroon his 1st of the series and the late tally by Jakob Silverberg his first.

“We’ve managed to do it a lot of times this year, but we’ve said it before, it’s not something you can get used to,” Silfverberg said. “You can’t always be down in third. It’s going to bite us back at some point, but for now it’s been working for us.”

Special teams again were an issue for Winnipeg as they were 0-4 on the power play and the Ducks were 1-4 which proved to be the difference. The Jets killed off a 5 on 3 power play for Anaheim in the first period.

A couple of missed calls on the Ducks late in the third and a great defensive play by Clayton Stoner on Lee Stempniak who had a glorious chance early in the third to make it 2-0 Jets but was denied by Stoner’s stick.

Jets will head home and hope that their passionate fans lead them to a couple of wins to even things up.

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Read about game 1 in this series.

Read about how these teams matchup.