Anaheim Ducks

Video: Etem dangles Trouba, goes top corner for beauty end-to-end goal

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A one-on-two rush wasn’t a problem for Anaheim Ducks forward Emerson Etem.

Less than two minutes after the Winnipeg Jets opened the scoring in Game 4, sending the local fans into a loud, frenzied whiteout, Etem answered for the Ducks on an end to end rush that included a great outside-inside move on Jacob Trouba and then a backhand shot top corner on Ondrej Pavelec, as he sped down the left side.

Baertschi to play Game 5; Burrows out for series

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For all the talk about the Sedins’ ice time, an equally big — if not bigger — factor for the Vancouver Canucks in these playoffs has been the way their second line, once anchored by Ryan Kesler, has been wholly ineffective versus the Calgary Flames.

Enter Sven Baertschi, the former Flames prospect, who’s expected to make his series debut Thursday at Rogers Arena on a line with center Nick Bonino and winger Radim Vrbata.

“Vrbata, he’s a real good scorer. Bonino’s a real good play-maker,” coach Willie Desjardins said today after practice. “I think that’s a real natural fit, and we just have to find somebody on the other side that’ll complement that line.”

Baertschi scored twice in his last game for the Canucks, a meaningless 6-5 OT win over the Oilers on the last day of the regular season. The 13th overall pick in 2011, Baertschi’s strength is scoring goals, and Vancouver’s only scored eight of those against the hard-working, shot-blocking Flames.

While Baertschi has said he doesn’t think about his former organization anymore, that he’s all about the Canucks now, his insertion into the lineup is a noteworthy story for both fan bases, and one would assume he’ll be suitably motivated to make an impact.

One player who won’t be making an impact for the rest of the series is Alex Burrows. Desjardins confirmed the veteran winger is still in Calgary recovering from the injury (reportedly a broken rib) that put him in hospital yesterday.

“It’s nothing to worry about,” said Desjardins. “It’s kind of a comfort thing (staying in Calgary). … He won’t be back for the series. … It’s an injury, but nothing serious.”

Desjardins, predictably, did not name his starting goalie for Game 5. He’ll save that announcement for tomorrow.

The Flames lead the series, 3-1.

Here’s your Stanley Cup playoff TV schedule for tonight

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A quick look at what games will be on what channels in tonight’s Stanley Cup playoff action…

Canadiens at Senators, 7:00 p.m. ET on USA

In the 35 times the Montreal Canadiens have taken a 3-0 series lead, they’ve never lost. Meanwhile the Ottawa Senators are looking to become just the fifth team to battle back from down three games to win a series. The L.A. Kings did it last spring against the San Jose Sharks on the way to winning the franchise’s second Stanley Cup. John Forslund and Andy Brickley have the call of Game 4.

Rangers at Penguins, 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The Pittsburgh Penguins will look to even their series at two and avoid heading back to New York down 3-1. In order to tie the series the Penguins will need to have a better start. New York has out-scored Pittsburgh 9-1 in first periods dating back to Game 5 of last year’s series. Doc Emrick and Pierre McGuire will have the call.

Blues at Wild, 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

The Minnesota Wild have won three of the eight playoff series they’ve played, but they’ve never held a 3-1 series lead. The Wild will look to put the Blues on the brink of elimination in Game 4 at Minnesota’s Xcel Energy Center. Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will be on the call.

Ducks at Jets, 9:30 p.m. ET on USA

Like the Sens, the Winnipeg Jets will try to avoid a sweep tonight. The Jets have blown third period leads in each of the first three games of the series and find themselves behind 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim has out-scored Winnipeg 7-0 in third periods in the series. The Jets will look for their first playoff win in franchise history in Game 4 while the Ducks are seeking their first playoff sweep in nine years. Chris Cuthbert and Bret Hedican are on the call.

PHT Morning Skate: Sens’ rookie Curtis Lazar makes a get-well card for Chris Phillips

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Ottawa Senators rookie Curtis Lazar has been living with veteran defenseman Chris Phillips this season. With Phillips undergoing season-ending back surgery on Tuesday, Lazar sketched a get well soon message for his landlord.

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Here’s another look at the highlights from Tuesday night’s triple overtime game between the Nashville Predators and Chicago Blackhawks, which went into the early hours of Wednesday before Brent Seabrook scored the winner.

With the Edmonton winning the NHL Draft Lottery and likely selecting Connor McDavid in June, hockey insider Darren Dreger says Oilers GM Craig MacTavish will be busy this summer doing some “big game hunting” in an effort to address some of his team’s needs. (TSN)

Dustin Byfuglien was on the ice for three of the Anaheim goals in Game 3 and took an undisciplined penalty for his blow to Corey Perry following the Ducks 2-1 goal in the second period. The 30-year-old has been held off the score sheet while registering a minus-3 rating and four penalty minutes through the first three games of the series. All this is has led Matt Larkin over at The Hockey News to write that Byfuglien is hurting his team. (THN)

TSN Radio1200’s Matt Kaunisviita produced a Bob Dylan parody song to “Like A Rolling Stone” titled, “And The Rookie Stone…” referencing Sens’ rookie Mark Stone. (TSN 1200)

Byfuglien channels Marshawn Lynch, repeats same phrase with reporters (Updated with video)

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From this morning’s media availability in Winnipeg:

No word if Byfuglien was just there so he wouldn’t get fined, but there’s no question his play has been put under the microscope after the Jets fell 3-0 down in their series with the Ducks.

From the Globe and Mail’s James Mirtle:

Dustin Byfuglien – one of their best players and one of the biggest reasons they even made the postseason – foolishly punching the Anaheim Ducks’ Corey Perry after a key goal against, taking a bad penalty at a bad time to force his team shorthanded while they were already reeling.

Down 2-0 in the series, Winnipeg had to have this game against the top team in the West.

In part due to plays like that, they didn’t get it.

We’re not quite ready to write off the Jets. A Winnipeg win tomorrow and all of a sudden the Ducks will be feeling some pressure to take care of business at home in Game 5.

But considering the Jets went into the playoffs with people questioning 1) team discipline and 2) Byfuglien’s leadership, it’s interesting how things have played out.

In the first two games, Anaheim scored three power-play goals.

Then, last night, in the most important game in franchise history, Byfuglien took “a penalty he can’t take.”

But as long as they stick together as a team, perhaps they’ll be all right.

Related: No further discipline for Byfuglien after Perry hit

Updated: Here’s the video…