Desperate Jets will ‘lean on’ their crowd tonight

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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

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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.

PHT Morning Skate: Randy Caryle is ‘ready to coach again’

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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.

With three NHL teams already looking for a new head coach and more openings likely coming, Randy Carlyle is hoping to get back behind the bench soon. Caryle was fired by the Leafs in January after leading Toronto to a 21-16-3 record. (The Winnipeg Free Press)

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The Chicago Blackhawks unveiled a new on-ice video prior to Game 3 celebrating the club’s current roster and storied history.

Ryan Kennedy believes Vladimir Tarasenko could be the missing piece in the Blues Stanley Cup puzzle. (The Hockey News)

Most NHL clubs give out some sort of team “player of the game” award following each win. After the Ducks Game 1 victory on Thursday night, captain Ryan Getzlaf did something a little different.

Ilya Kovalchuk and SKA captured the Gagarin Cup over the weekend. (KHL)

‘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.