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Video: Ducks score after Beleskey crushes Pardy


From the opening faceoff, the series between the Anaheim Ducks and Winnipeg Jets has been physical and bruising.

The list of examples is already massive, and growing. But here’s one of the latest: Matt Beleskey absolutely running over Jets defenseman Adam Pardy in the second period of Game 3. Shortly after, the Ducks were able to score, with Pardy, caught on the ice, unable to defend on the play. That goal tied the game at 3-3, but the Jets responded just over two minutes later on a blast from Bryan Little.

Suspension-worthy? Perry hit by Byfuglien after scoring a goal


The Winnipeg Jets lost Dustin Byfuglien in their postseason push thanks to the hybrid player’s errors of judgment. They might lose him in the playoffs for a similarly questionable decision.

It wasn’t “Dale Hunter on Pierre Turgeon” bad, yet many evoked the notorious moment in postseason history after seeing Byfuglien take down Corey Perry after the Anaheim Ducks scored a 2-1 goal:

The infraction draw a two-minute roughing penalty, yet one cannot help but wonder if supplemental discipline may come for Big Byfuglien. Even if it ends with that minor penalty, it’s another bit of evidence that Byfuglien may want to keep a cooler head.

Apparently it’s just been that kind of night, too.

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.

Desperate Jets will ‘lean on’ their crowd tonight


There were three buildings I think people were really looking forward to seeing in these playoffs.

One was Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which was absolutely rocking Sunday, helping the Islanders summon the energy to beat the Capitals 2-1 in overtime — a scoreline that, frankly, flattered the visitors.

Another was the Saddledome, where the sea of red was on full display in last night’s 4-2 Calgary victory over Vancouver. Afterwards, the Flames gushed about the crowd and how it helped them out.

The third may be the loudest of them all.

Tonight at MTS Centre, the Jets will host the Anaheim Ducks in the first NHL playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996.

There will be noise.

There will be a whiteout.

And the Ducks, leading the Jets 2-0 in their first-round series, know it.

“Just going to try to enjoy it and not focus too much on the crowd,” said Anaheim forward Jakob Silfverberg, per the Winnipeg Free Press. “Hopefully we’ll take the crowd out of the game by scoring early.”

Scoring first was something neither the Caps nor Canucks could manage yesterday. The Isles dominated the first period, outshooting the visitors 16-5 and hitting anything that moved. In similar fashion, it was the Flames’ aggressive forecheck that flummoxed the more experienced Canucks.

Don’t be surprised if the Jets, desperate for a victory, come out just as aggressively as the Isles and Flames did.

“We lean on our crowd an awful lot,” coach Paul Maurice said, per the Canadian Press. “The different dynamic in our building is that the fans are loud and the music isn’t. The other places the fans are sort of loud but the music will blow your ears off.”

By the way, at last glance, the cheapest ticket on StubHub was $382.50.

Related: Jets fans were partying in the streets last night

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…

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

After earning a split at New York’s MSG on Saturday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to take their first series lead in Game 3 tonight. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby recorded his first multi-goal playoff game since Game 1 of the 2013 playoffs – he had just one goal in 13 postseason contests last year. The Rangers, who owned the league’s best road record during the regular season, will look to retake the lead in the series at Pittsburgh’s Consol Energy Center. New York was 28-11-2 away from the garden during the season and won 15 of its last 18 road contests. Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will have the call.

Blues at Wild, 8 p.m. ET on CNBC

The St. Louis Blues hope to build on Vladimir Tarasenko’s first career playoff hat trick as their series with the Wild shifts to Minnesota knotted at one. Tarasenko’s three-goal performance led the way for the Blues in Saturday’s 4-1 victory. The Wild went 12-5-0 on home ice after acquiring goaltender Devan Dubnyk on Jan. 14, but dropped three straight at Xcel Energy Center to close out the regular season.

Ducks at Jets, 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN

For the first time since 1996 the city of Winnipeg will host an NHL playoff game tonight as the Jets look for the franchise’s first postseason victory. Third period penalties have hurt the Jets in the first two games of the series. Ryan Getzlaf scored the insurance marker on a power play in Game 1 giving the Ducks a 4-2 win and Patrick Maroon scored the game-tying goal with Andrew Ladd in the box in Game 2.