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Anaheim Ducks v Winnipeg Jets - Game Three

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

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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

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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

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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.

Video: Cause for concern with Sidney Crosby after collision with Hagelin?

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Sidney Crosby was slow to get up after being involved in a collision with Carl Hagelin during the third period of Game 2, but the Pittsburgh Penguins captain remained in the game.

Is it enough to cause concern for Crosby, who has a history of concussions and missed 68 games after being on the receiving end of a similar hit in the 2011 Winter Classic?

Crosby had a big game for the Penguins, scoring twice to bust his personal playoff slump in their win over the Rangers on Saturday to even the series.

Afterward, Crosby said he was caught in the jaw but thought the collision might have been accidental, as per Tom Gulitti of The Record.

“I don’t know what hit me, if it was shoulder, stick, his head. It could have been anything,” said Crosby.

“Just two guys collided. That’s basically what it is,” he added.

Video: Kesler catches Myers with illegal hit to the head

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Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler was penalized for an illegal check to the head of Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tyler Myers late in the first period of Game 2.

Myers, who stands 6’8″ tall compared to Kesler at 6’2″ tall, was bending over to play the puck when Kesler caught him with the hit, which resulted in a minor penalty. Myers remained in the game for Winnipeg.

In January, Kesler escaped without a disciplinary hearing while drawing the ire of Vancouver fans and his former Canucks teammates for a questionable hit on Derek Dorsett.