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Jets get the last quack in big win over Ducks

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Winnipeg Jets' Andrew Ladd (16) tries to score against Anaheim Ducks' goalie Jonas Hiller, left, as the Ducks' Cam Fowler defends during first period in Anaheim Tuesday.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — It’s been a lingering question in NHL circles for the past week — are the Winnipeg Jets for real?

The answer came here Tuesday night at the venerable Honda Center, the place where visiting NHL teams have gone to die this season — and it was a resounding yes.

The Jets defeated the league-leading Anaheim Ducks 3-2 Tuesday to give newly installed head coach Paul Maurice his fourth straight victory since taking over from Claude Noel on Jan. 12.

But even more impressive than what now ties the longest winning streak for the Jets this season is who it came against. The Ducks, an Anaheim team that boasts the best overall record in the NHL, had yet to be beaten in regulation time. The team carried a 20-0-2 record until Winnipeg hung one on them last night on the strength of a sensational performance by goaltender Ondrej Pavelec — and on a night the Jets were outshot 42-21.

The win bumped Winnipeg’s season record back to .500 at 23-23-5 and would seem to erase any lingering questions about whether Winnipeg’s previous victories under Maurice last week over Phoenix, Calgary and Edmonton were a genuine turnaround or simply the result of catching a series of struggling opponents at an opportune time.

Consider the context

It is difficult to overstate just how unlikely this Jets victory was tonight.

In addition to the Ducks’s league-leading overall record and the team's outright dominance at home this season, Anaheim also got the first goal of the game on a shot from the point by Ducks' defenceman Cam Fowler at 3:59 of the first period.

The Ducks have been dominating this season when scoring first, taking a 22-3-4 record into Tuesday. But a soft goal by Jets winger Blake Wheeler on Ducks goalie Jonas Hiller just 80 seconds after Fowler’s goal got the Jets back to even and then Jets' captain Andrew Ladd gave the Jets the lead for good on a tip-in at 18:36 of the opening period.

A second-period short-handed goal from a sharp angle by Jets forward Evander Kane put the Jets up 3-1 and that was enough for Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau, who gave Hiller the hook at that point in favour of backup Frederik Andersen.

About that third period

The Ducks had Winnipeg under seige for almost the entirety of the the third period and got within a goal midway through the final period when Ducks' centre Nick Bonino pushed a rebound past a sprawled Pavelec at 10:18.

But Pavelec was not to be denied the victory on this night, turning away 40 of 42 shots, many of them from point-blank range and in the midst of mad scrambles in front of his net during what was a 16-shot third period onslaught by the Ducks.

Twitter: @PaulWiecek



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  • garylawless

    @garylawless: last night's win gave #nhljets a two per-cent bump and they now have a 6.7 per cent change of making playoffs according to sportsclub 7:02 am on Jan 22

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets defeat Anaheim Ducks 3-2. 11:42 pm on Jan 21

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Find flaws if u want - weak Ducks goaltending, etc - but that's a big win for the #NHLJets. 11:35 pm on Jan 21

  • RickRalphTSN

    @RickRalphTSN: Blocked shots. #NHLJets 32 Ducks 4. 11:27 pm on Jan 21

  • wazoowazny

    @wazoowazny: Noel wouldn't be getting crushed right now for having his little used fourth line out there, right? #NHLJets 11:19 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets lead cut to 3-2 after Ducks forward Nick Bonino cashes in the rebound over a sprawled Pavelec at 10:18. 11:15 pm on Jan 21

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Tighten those chinstraps, #NHLJets - here come the Ducks now... 11:14 pm on Jan 21

  • johnkendle

    @johnkendle: Huge Ducks push coming. And #nhljets have the dangerous two-goal lead. 10:41 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets lead Anaheim Ducks 3-1 after 2, despite being outshot 26-13. Again, Anaheim hasn't lost at home in regulation this season. 10:39 pm on Jan 21

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: A little intermission fun - which #nhljets rookie has better chance to win Calder Trophy - Scheifele or Trouba? 10:38 pm on Jan 21

  • garylawless

    @garylawless: Asked Jim Rutherford if his old coach Paul Maurice would have success with #nhljets. "Depends on the goalie." so far Pav giving Mo success 10:35 pm on Jan 21

  • OfficialJetFuel

    @OfficialJetFuel: Jacob Trouba is a +3 tonight. #NHLJets 10:35 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets Evander Kane beats Ducks G Jonas Hiller from a sharp angle for a sh goal at 15:43. Hiller gets the hook. Jets 3 Ducks 1. 10:29 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets under siege here midway through the 2ndP, but Pavelec standing tall and WPG still leads 2-1. Ducks outshooting Jets 22-10. 10:21 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets second goal change -- now Ladd, from Little and Trouba. Originally credited to Little. 9:56 pm on Jan 21

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Awful start, solid finish to first for #NHLJets. Helluva pace 9:44 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: First period comes to a close and it's #NHLJets leading 2-1 over #NHLDucks. Anaheim is 20-0-2 at home this season. 9:43 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets Bryan Little slams home the rebound at 18:36 of 1stP and Jets lead 2-1 in a period they've been outshot 13-5. 9:41 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets get back on even terms as Blake Wheeler handcuffs Ducks G Jonas Hiller with a wobbler at 5:19 of 1stP. 9:18 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets fall behind 1-0 at 3:59 of 1stP on pp goal by Ducks D Cam Fowler. Jets under siege early. 9:16 pm on Jan 21

  • WFPEdTait

    @WFPEdTait: Could be 60 shots against #NHLJets at this pace 9:12 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: #NHLJets starters -- Pavelec, Bogosian, Enstrom, Ladd, Little, Frolik,. 8:57 pm on Jan 21

  • hustlerlawless

    @hustlerlawless: Is the #NHLJets #AHL affiliate heading to Thunder Bay? True North Chairman Mark Chipman joins Hustler & Lawless Pregame now on @TSN1290Radio 5:34 pm on Jan 21

  • PaulWiecek

    @PaulWiecek: Its a beautiful day for hockey. #NHLJets at #NHLDucks tonight.
    10:33 am on Jan 21

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 21, 2014 C2


Updated on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 9:01 PM CST: Adds Twitter live blog feed.

9:48 PM: Updates score after first period; changes headline.

10:51 PM: Updates score; changes headline.

11:41 PM: Updates final score, changes headline.

11:58 PM: Updates with full post-game story.

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