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Jets Making Playoffs This Early a Surprise to Many: Currie

By Roger Currie

Paul Maurice
Winnipeg Jets head coach Paul Maurice following the team’s elimination from the NHL playoffs on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

The Stanley Cup playoffs, which had not involved Winnipeg since 1996, have now come and gone from River City. The Jets lost four in a row to the Anaheim Ducks. It was a disappointment for sure, but not entirely surprising.

It reminded me a little of the 1980 playoffs when a young Oilers team battled hard but couldn’t get by the powerful Philadelphia Flyers in the first round. It was the first playoff action for 19-year-old Wayne Gretzky, who is now a 54-year-old grandfather — is that possible?

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Jets Optimisitic About the Future Despite Brief Playoff Run

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Fans
Winnipeg Jets fans Anthony and Greg Gagliardi get into the White Out by dressing in white as they enter game four of the NHL playoffs in Winnipeg between the Winnipeg Jets and the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Jets packed their bags Friday with feelings of optimism easing the sting of being swept out of the NHL playoffs.

While players were still disappointed the Anaheim Ducks ended their season in Game 4 on Wednesday, there was still a sense of accomplishment at making the playoffs and excitement for the future.

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Police Charge Jets Ticket Scalper Outside MTS Centre

Winnipeg Jets Whiteout
Winnipeg Jets fans create a ‘whiteout’ at MTS Centre in game action against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday, April 20, 2015. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA FILE)

WINNIPEG — Police have laid charges against a man for allegedly scalping a Winnipeg Jets playoff ticket outside of MTS Centre on Wednesday night.

Just before 8 p.m., police purchased a ticket from a 51-year-old man for $600 as part of a counter-exploitation scalping investigation. The original ticket price was $344.50.

Police seized the ticket and the man was issued an offence notice for scalping.

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Playoff Dreams Dashed as Jets Fall Four-Straight

Winnipeg Jets Report

By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Winnipeg Jets Logo

WINNIPEG — Winnipeg’s playoff dreams were dashed with a swift swipe of the broom as the Anaheim Ducks swept the Jets in four straight games with a 5-2 win in front of the ever-enthusiastic 15,016 at MTS Centre Wednesday night.

The franchise — including the 12 years when they were known as the Atlanta Thrashers — has never won a Stanley Cup Playoff game despite two separate appearances. Back in 2007, while holding the third seed in the Eastern Conference, the Thrashers were knocked out in four-straight at the hands of the New York Rangers.

Year four in the Manitoba capital and the Jets finally edged their way into the post-season by capturing the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, pairing them up in the first round with the West’s best regular season club.

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Jets and Ducks Letting History of 3-0 Playoff Series Be Their Guide

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets right wing Lee Stempniak (20) bests Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) for the Jets first playoff goal in 19 years in NHL playoff action at MTS Centre on Monday, April 20, 2015.
(KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

One of the messages written on the white board in the Winnipeg Jets’ locker-room read: “Why not us?”

Only four teams in NHL history came back from the same 3-0 series deficit the Jets face against the Anaheim Ducks.

Two of those times came in the past five years: The Los Angeles Kings coming back on the San Jose Sharks last playoffs and the Philadelphia Flyers beating the Boston Bruins in 2010. So Jets and Ducks players and coaches are letting history be their guide.

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Byfuglien Channels Marshawn Lynch, Answers Several Questions with Same Phrase

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Dustin Byfuglien did his best Marshawn Lynch impression when talking to reporters the morning after the Winnipeg Jets fell behind 3-0 in the first-round series.

Byfuglien answered several consecutive questions with the phrase, “If we stick together as a team we’ll be all right.”

The all-star defenceman did not address his play in the series against the Anaheim Ducks or his hit from behind on Corey Perry in Game 3.

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Ducks Outlast Jets, Take 3-0 Series Stranglehold with 5-4 OT Win

Winnipeg Jets Report

By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

Lee Stempniak - Winnipeg Jets
Winnipeg Jets right wing Lee Stempniak (20) bests Anaheim Ducks goalie Frederik Andersen (31) for the Jets first playoff goal in 19 years in NHL playoff action at MTS Centre on Monday, April 20, 2015.
(KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)
Winnipeg Jets Whiteout
Winnipeg Jets fans create a ‘whiteout’ at MTS Centre in game action against the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night. (KELLY MORTON / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — The Anaheim Ducks made it three straight comeback wins Monday night, breaking hearts across Winnipeg with a 5-4 overtime win. The loss spells disaster for the Winnipeg Jets, as they now trail their first round series 3-0. The Ducks will look to move on to the second round on Wednesday at MTS Centre.

That MTS Centre, by the way, was impossibly raucous as 15,016 fans celebrated the first playoff game in Winnipeg since 1996. They helped their team get out of the gate strong, with sustained zone time and an opening goal.

“That’s as good a building as I’ve ever seen in my life,” said Jets coach Paul Maurice. “We had the jump, the legs because of it… and we needed it, we used it to full effect.”

“It was an unbelievable experience in the building,” said Lee Stempniak, who opened the scoring for the Jets halfway through the first. “I personally haven’t had anything like that before and we certainly played off the energy.”

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Winnipeg Could Be Example to Las Vegas on How to Market NHL Hockey

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

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NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, speaking to media prior to game three NHL playoffs between the Winnipeg Jets’ and Anaheim Ducks in Winnipeg, Monday, April 20, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – What True North has done since getting the Jets from Atlanta could be an example for Las Vegas if the ownership group led by Bill Foley is awarded an expansion franchise.

“I think in terms of introducing a team to a market, whether it’s an introduction or a re-introduction, I don’t know how anybody could have done it better than the Winnipeg Jets did here,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday night at MTS Centre.

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Jets Fans Embrace Return of NHL Playoffs to Winnipeg After 19-Year Absence

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets’ fans, from left, Yves Lapointe, Guy Chateau, Russ Lapointe, and Marc Chateau cheering for their team prior to game three NHL playoff hockey against the Anaheim Ducks action in Winnipeg, Monday, April 20, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Trevor Hagan)

WINNIPEG – The first NHL playoff game in Winnipeg in 19 years was all many city residents could talk about Monday.

Corporate offices relaxed dress codes to allow for Jets jerseys, people on the street wore all-white clothing in honour of the team’s Whiteout playoff gear.

After a long absence, the return of playoff hockey felt to some both like a joy and a relief.

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