Author: Cam Tucker

St Louis Blues v Minnesota Wild - Game Three

Video: Wild chase the Blues away to take series lead


How quickly things can change in playoff hockey.

The Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues were involved in a tight, scoreless hockey game late in the second period before the host team suddenly took control on the score board. The Wild would eventually earn a 3-0 victory over the Blues to take a 2-1 series lead.

First it was Jason Pominville who got the Wild on the board, tapping the puck into a wide open net on a terrific feed in front. Just over two minutes later, Zach Parise gave Minny a two-goal lead with his first goal of the series, as he found a loose puck amongst a multitude of skates and snapped his shot top corner on Jake Allen.

The trio of Pominville, Parise and Mikael Granlund combined for six points.

That’s all the scoring the Wild would need. Minnesota put on a smothering defensive clinic, allowing just 17 shots on goalie Devan Dubnyk all night.

Dubnyk, who was critical of himself after making a mistake on the Blues’ second goal in Game 2, didn’t allow anything, either. He stopped all 17 shots he faced to record his first career Stanley Cup playoff shutout.

Video: Rakell, Scheifele collide knee-on-knee

Tempers flared late in the first period between the Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks on Monday, courtesy two separate incidents just seconds apart.

The first was a knee-on-knee collision between the Ducks’ Rickard Rakell and the Jets’ Mark Scheifele, which didn’t result in a penalty call.

After a brief scrum and the ensuing faceoff, Dustin Byfuglien just missed popping Ryan Kesler with an open-ice hit. Another meeting of the minds took place, as the two lines tried to sort out their differences.

Video: Jets fans celebrate return of playoff hockey with whiteout in Winnipeg

Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets - Game Three

It’s been 19 years since a Stanley Cup playoff game was played in Winnipeg. The whiteout returned Monday, when the Jets hosted the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3 of that first-round series at the MTS Centre.

Loud enough for you? As expected, the first post-season game in that city since the spring of 1996 brought out a boisterous crowd hoping to see their team get back in the series, after falling down 2-0 in Anaheim.

“It’s a real special day for the people that have been here a long time,” said Blake Wheeler, as per the Canadian Press, which noted that snow fell in Winnipeg during the day. “Losing the team a number of years ago, it’s kind of come full-circle. I think it’s a great day for people of Winnipeg.”

And, as expected, the crowd erupted when Lee Stempniak opened the scoring for the Jets before the midway point of the first period.

‘We never quit fighting,’ says Pardy with Jets down 2-0 to Ducks

Winnipeg Jets v Anaheim Ducks - Game Two

Another lead going into the third period for the Winnipeg Jets, and another comeback victory for the Anaheim Ducks.

The Jets now trail in this intensely physical first-round series 2-0, after losing to the Ducks in heartbreaking fashion on Saturday, with Jakob Silfverberg burying the winning goal with 21 seconds remaining in regulation.

The Jets must now find a way to grab the lead and hold onto it for the win, and they will play Games 3 and 4 in front of their pumped up fans who haven’t had Stanley Cup playoff hockey in that city since 1996.

“We can’t put it on one thing. We’re down 2-0. We’ve got to remember it but put it behind us,” Adam Pardy told the Winnipeg Sun.

“That’s what we’ve done all year. A lot of people have counted us out at different times throughout the year. There were points where everybody thought we were going to start tanking or things were going to go bad for us. But that’s the best thing about this group, we never quit fighting.”

Silfverberg scores winner with 21 seconds remaining, Ducks complete comeback over Jets


The Winnipeg Jets were so close to getting into overtime, but felt the crush of defeat in the dying seconds of the third period, and now trail the Anaheim Ducks 2-0 in this best-of-seven first-round series.

Jakob Silfverberg scored the winner for Anaheim with 21 seconds remaining in the third period. He got tangled up with Bryan Little then beat Little off the boards a few seconds later and ripped a shot past Ondrej Pavelec to give the Ducks a 2-1 victory.

The winner isn’t without controversy, either. While both Little and Silfverberg were tangled up with each other, it appeared the Ducks forward had a hold of Little’s stick while they were on the ice toward the side of the net.

The series now shifts back to Winnipeg for Games 3 and 4.

The Ducks trailed the Jets once again going into the third period, but got a power play goal on a deflection from Patrick Maroon and then Silfverberg provided the heroics.

For a while, it looked like a goal from the unlikeliest source in Adam Pardy may turn out to be the winner for Winnipeg.

Pardy hadn’t scored since Jan. 26, 2011 prior to Saturday, but he buried a wrap-around late in the second period to give the Jets the lead.

Officials talked it over, due to the fact Lee Stempniak was pushed into the crease by Ryan Kesler, but the goal stood.

From the NHL Public Relations department, citing Rule 69.1.

If an attacking player has been pushed, shoved, or fouled by a defending player so as to cause him to come into contact with the goalkeeper, such contact will not be deemed contact initiated by the attacking player for purposes of this rule, provided the attacking player has made a reasonable effort to avoid such contact.