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PHT Morning Skate: Selanne weighs in on the Ducks sweep of the Jets


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.

Teemu Selanne, who spent portions of his career in both Winnipeg and Anaheim, weighed in on the Ducks sweep of the Jets following Wednesday’s game. The Finnish Flash believes the Jets have a bright future while the Ducks were simply the better team in the series.

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Fighting may be down in the NHL and the role of the enforcer diminishing, but that won’t stop the production of a sequel to the movie “Goon”. “Goon 2” is expected to start shooting in June. (Bar Down)

Sticking with the fighting theme, here’s a look at the new Grantland documentary “Knuckes vs. Numbers”, which focuses on the dying breed of enforcers in the game:

The Val-d’Or Foreurs, who trailed their Quebec Major Junior Hockey League best-of-seven series with Baie-Comeau Drakkar 3-0, battled all the way back to win the series in seven games. However, following the Foreurs’ Game 7 victory, the traditional handshake line was scrapped. (The Hockey News)

One of the worst shootout attempts ever occurred in a recent Division 2A IIHF game between Serbia and Spain. Marko Milovanovic was apparently a little too excited to get his attempt started. Have a look:

Ducks complete sweep of Jets before whiteout crowd in Winnipeg


The Winnipeg Jets might look back on this series with the Anaheim Ducks and see a number of missed opportunities that proved costly.

The Jets held third-period leads in each of the first three games, and couldn’t hold on. The Ducks led the league in third-period comebacks during the regular season, and continued that trend in this series.

On Wednesday, the Ducks silenced the Jets with a 5-2 win in Winnipeg. The Ducks are off to the second round after completing the sweep.

“Every time we gained an inch, they came back with two. It was just one of those things. It was an even series,” said Blake Wheeler, as per Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun.

As the final seconds ticked down, the fans, clad in white, stood to salute their team. Their team saluted the fans following the handshake. It’s been 19 years since a Stanley Cup playoff game took place in that city and Jets fans were loud from start to finish during Games 3 and 4.

A force in Game 3, Ryan Kesler showed up in similar fashion in the clincher, scoring twice in the third period, including the winner less than seven minutes into the third period.

The Jets made a game of it.

As the fans stood up, trying to give their team a push, Mark Stuart scored on a point shot right off a faceoff to get Winnipeg within a goal and with more than nine minutes left to find the equalizer.

But Kesler finished it off, killing any chance of a comeback with his second of the period.

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


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


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


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.