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This article was published 23/4/2015 (2145 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
Despite crowds of cheering fans and the presence of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Winnipeg Jets were knocked out of the playoffs after losing their fourth straight game to the Anaheim Ducks 5-2.
The immediate reaction to the loss was not to riot in the streets, but to give the team a standing ovation and congratulate them on their first stab at the playoffs.
Who's to blame??
Some chose to blame Harper, who came to the game not wearing the traditional white t-shirt or jersey, but a white and red Team Canada jersey.
Mr. Harper's reason:
As the dust cleared, a bleary-eyed Winnipeg awoke to a world where their team was swept in their first playoff attempt since their return to Winnipeg.
When u pick the Jets to beat the Ducks in 7 but the Jets get swept pic.twitter.com/l1dkXpAp2E— Bruins Ball Hockey (@tripodtripod) April 23, 2015
Props to the fans
Former Jets star Teemu Selanne, gave his "respect" for the team's hard work this year and the fans.
Congrats @NHLJets for a great season! Tough series! This team is gonna be strong for a long time! And what great fans! Outstanding! Respect!— Teemu Sel8nne (@TeemuSel8nne) April 23, 2015
In fact, fans received buckets of praise over the past 24 hours.
And rightly so! Here's a taste of some of the fans, courtesy of the Free Press's multimedia editor Melissa Tait.
"We're number one. Believe it. Word."
Even more rare than the unicorn: the elusive quadricorn:
"Here, let me get that for you..."
However helpful, a Jets fan is still human. And this is how we react when the other team scores.
On the bright side...
Meanwhile, Jets right-winger Blake Wheeler, tried to remain positive, despite the loss.
Woke up this morning so proud to be a Winnipeg Jet. Our group truly is special and our best years are ahead of us!— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) April 23, 2015
Thanks again for the love the last couple months. I'll never forget the feeling I had stepping on the ice for game 3!— Blake Wheeler (@BiggieFunke) April 23, 2015
Jets centre Mark Scheifele called it a year he would "never forget."
So honoured to be a part of the Winnipeg Jet organization, this year will be one that I'll never forget and it excites me that— mark scheifele (@markscheifele55) April 23, 2015
There's always next year, right?
The best is yet to come. Thanks to the amazing Jet fans that supported us through this amazing year you guys are the best.— mark scheifele (@markscheifele55) April 23, 2015
And... at least the Jets made it to the playoffs.
On the bright side, who would've thought in 1999 that we'd trade Toronto the Pan Am Games for NHL playoffs in 2015. #GoJetsGo— Sinan Leylek (@SinanLeylek) April 23, 2015