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Five takes from a bleary-eyed scribe the morning after the Winnipeg Jets fell in OT Monday night to now trail their series with the Anaheim Ducks 3-0...

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Five takes from a bleary-eyed scribe the morning after the Winnipeg Jets fell in OT Monday night to now trail their series with the Anaheim Ducks 3-0…

1. Well done, Winnipeg and Jets Nation. Gold stars all around.

It’s easy to become cynical and jaded in this biz after 28 years staring down on things from the press box. But Monday night was memorable for all the right reasons. MTS Centre was alive. It was electric. It was spectacular.

MIKE DEAL / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Fans cheer in the third period in the third game of the Stanley Cup playoff series between the Winnipeg Jets and the Anaheim Ducks at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

And what made it all so special was this: aside from a few excellent videos put together by the True North production team, everything was generated by the fans themselves. It was organic, it was wonderful and riveted those in attendance and watching from afar. A small sampling:

From Damien Cox of Sportsnet, who was in the building:

Damien also provided an excellent take on the game, which can be read by clicking here.

From Scott Van Pelt of ESPN:

Abbey Mastracco of Fox Sports:

 

2. So you’re saying there’s a chance…

The Jets now need to win four straight against a club that has beaten them six consecutive times this year. If they can accomplish that minor miracle, they would become just the fifth team in Stanley Cup playoff history to do so. Here’s a list of the other four, courtesy The Ottawa Citizen.
 

3. Something to cling to if you’re a Jets fan today: Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler and the power-play came to life last night against the Ducks. In fact, Little was one of the best Jets and clanged a shot off the post with 1:19 left in regulation that could have completely changed the narrative today. Consider this: if Little’s shot and the defensive gem by Clayton Stoner in Game 2 – he managed to get his stick on a Lee Stempniak shot that could have put the Jets up 2-0 – are reversed, Winnipeg could be possibly be up 2-1 in the series.

And something to be very concerned about: in two of the three games Dustin Byfuglien hasn’t been very good. The big man was invisible in Game 1 and struggled last night, finishing -3 and taking a ridiculous penalty right after Corey Perry’s goal. The Jets need him to be better. Much better.

 

4. I trotted out this analogy on the TSN 1290 pre-game show with Rick Ralph and Trevor Kidd and it still seems fitting this morning: the Ducks, it says here, are like that veteran boxer who takes some shots from young upstart challenger in the ring, but is savvy enough to land some scoring blows late in every round. And when the result is in question, they find some stamina in the late rounds to get the job done.

The Jets have held third-period leads in each of the first three games. But – check that, B-U-T – the Ducks have out-scored them 7-0 in the third period and OT.

Hello.

One of the revelations for yours truly in this series has been the skill of Jakob Silfverberg, the Ducks forward who was part of the Bobby Ryan trade with Ottawa. He’s been a difference maker for Anaheim and is one of the underrated talents in this league.

Said Silfverberg after the game: “We’re playing with a lot of confidence. We have that belief. That’s the biggest thing. A game is never over for us. We always try to push harder.”

For a good take from a Ducks perspective, check out Jeff Miller’s column in today’s Orange County Register.
 

5. And, finally, we thought this Tweet from the Old Spice guy perfectly summed up the whole night:

 

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

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Updated on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 9:55 AM CDT: Adds missing text

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