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Jets Making Playoffs This Early a Surprise to Many: Currie

By Roger Currie

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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

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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

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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

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

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

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By John Gaudes (@johngaudes)

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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.
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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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Jets Go into First-Round Series with Ducks Riding Hot Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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New York Rangers’ Chris Kreider (20) celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (31) during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – If you need great goaltending to go deep in the NHL playoffs, Ondrej Pavelec might deliver that for the Winnipeg Jets.

Pavelec is 4-0-1 in his last five starts and will lead the Jets into the first-round clash with the Anaheim Ducks riding a franchise-record trio of shutouts.

“To get three in a row is spectacular — the right time to start clicking,” Jets captain Andrew Ladd said after practice Monday.

“We’re happy for him. … We’re extremely confident in what he can do behind us if we have a mistake or a breakdown.”

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Playoff-Bound Jets Roast Flames in Finalé

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By Darrin Bauming (@DarrinBauming)

Winnipeg Jets LogoWINNIPEG — Call Saturday’s game at MTS Centre a victory lap.

With a Stanley Cup Playoff spot safely secured and nothing to be lost or gained in their regular season finalé, the Winnipeg Jets rested several veterans and dressed a skeleton crew for their 5-1 victory over the Calgary Flames.

With the likes of Andrew Ladd, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Mark Stuart, and Ondrej Pavelec among others getting the day off, it allowed the club’s black aces to play and rookies Connor Hellebuyck and Andrew Copp to dress for their first NHL games.

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Jets Already a Playoff Team Despite Critics’ Odds

By Roger Currie

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White Winnipeg Jets playoff banners hang outside MTS Centre on Portage Avenue on Friday, April 10, 2015. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

What is the most difficult championship to win in professional sports? Without question, it has to be the Stanley Cup in hockey. Thirty teams scattered across two countries slug it out for 82 games in the regular season. Then 16 of them keep going in the playoffs. The winner must endure four best-of-seven series. That’s a potential of 28 more games, finishing just before the football season begins in Canada.

As Canadians, we used to proudly declare that hockey was ‘our game.’ In the glory days of the original six, well over 90% of the players were Canadian, and the Leafs and the Habs took the trophy home more than anyone else. Montreal was the last Canadian team to win it all, back in 1993. And Toronto? Don’t even go there.

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Playoff Hungry Winnipeg Jets Fans Prepare for First Playoff Game in 19 Years

By Steve Lambert, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg hockey fans pack Jets Gear on Portage Avenue, Friday, April 10, 2015, to purchase whiteout merchandise for the playoffs. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

WINNIPEG — After a long 19-year wait, Winnipeg Jets fans are gearing up for a trademark “whiteout.”

Playoff hockey is set to return to the city for the first time since 1996, and fans greeted the news by pouring into the streets, flying Jets flags, and snapping up jerseys and other white-coloured gear.

“My wife told me ‘get down there, get (T-shirts) for the family,”’ said Eric Troniak, one of several dozen people who lined up early outside the NHL team’s official store at MTS Centre. He snagged five white T-shirts within minutes of the store’s opening Friday, and navigated through crowded aisles to get to the cash register.

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Whiteouts and Playoff Hockey Return to Winnipeg for First Time Since 1996

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

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White Winnipeg Jets playoff banners hang outside MTS Centre on Portage Avenue on Friday, April 10, 2015. (STAN MILOSEVIC / CHRISD.CA)

Ed Olczyk could feel the noise while sitting in the home locker-room at Winnipeg Arena.

“That old building there wasn’t a lot in between the locker-room and the stands,” Olczyk said. “It was just a couple of cement slabs, girders and then there was the people right above us. You knew it was a big game, the people were into it.”

The centre-turned-broadcaster was part of the first incarnation of the Jets that played the last playoff game at that now demolished arena on April 28, 1996. Nineteen years later, Jets 2.0 will play the first ever post-season game at MTS Centre, and there’s every reason to believe the atmosphere will be off the charts.

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