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This article was published 20/04/2015 (2778 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
THEY don’t believe there will be any surprises for Game 3 tonight at the MTS Centre and if you listen to the Anaheim Ducks, they sound like they’re almost looking forward to it.
Loud, emotional and rambunctious are what the Ducks are expecting, leading the best-of-seven first-round Stanley Cup playoff series 2-0 over the Winnipeg Jets.
“I don’t know about turning it to your advantage,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau told reporters in Anaheim Sunday before the team departed for Winnipeg. “But I’ve been in buildings… a few years ago when (Washington) went to MSG, it was pretty crazy, just because I said our fans were louder.
“They made a point of proving to me that may not be the case. It was really loud and crazy, that building.
“In the playoffs, Dallas was really loud last year. Our anticipation or assumption of what it is going to be like in Winnipeg, I don’t think they’re going to disappoint.”
Right after Saturday’s comeback 2-1 win, Boudreau said it should be “exciting.”
“We know how loud their building is on a normal night,” he said. “I’ve got to believe that it’s going to be a little bit more ramped up come Monday night. If I was Winnipeg, I’d be pretty excited about playing at home there.”
Saturday’s hero, Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg, has experience in the MTS Centre.
“I can imagine (the noise),” Silfverberg told reporters Sunday. “I played the season-opener in Winnipeg with Ottawa once (2013) and that was pretty loud. I imagine it’s going to be similar to that, maybe even louder.
“It’s a lot of fun. Just going to try to enjoy it and not focus too much on the crowd. Hopefully we’ll take the crowd out of the game by scoring early. It’s a great experience and I think most of the guys will enjoy going to Winnipeg because it’s going to be such an amazing atmosphere.
“You always get kind of surprised even though you expect it (the noise) the first couple of minutes. But after that, your head is in the game. You don’t really think too much about it.”
To date in the series, Boudreau has been pleased to see his team ramp its game back to the kind that earned the Ducks 109 regular-season points.
“That’s the question coaches have when they’re getting mad at the team for not doing it,” he said. “We kept talking about it. It’s not a switch you can just turn on and off. Sometimes the switch works and sometimes it doesn’t. You never know.”
On his Saturday-night winner, Silfverberg said he just took a quick shot.
“I managed to get to the puck first,” he said. “I kind of spun off (Bryan) Little and just tried to take it to the net as quick as possible.
“I just kind of fired and it went in short-side under his blocker. Obviously it’s a great feeling. To be honest, when I shot it I didn’t really look. I just fired it. I don’t know, I guess it was a good shot.”
Updated on Monday, April 20, 2015 8:49 AM CDT: Fixes headline