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Jets Ready to Respond to Ducks After Game 1 Loss by Keeping Up the Physicality

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

ANAHEIM, Calif. — In the all-important, super-subjective hits column, the Jets and Ducks combined for 83 in a physical, bone-crushing Game 1. That didn’t include countless post-whistle altercations or Winnipeg’s Blake Wheeler nailing Anaheim’s Clayton Stoner after the buzzer.

That’s trademark Jets hockey, so don’t expect much of it to change in Game 2 despite being down a game to open their first-round playoff series.

“It’s something that we enjoy, it’s the way we’ve been playing throughout the whole year,” captain Andrew Ladd said Friday afternoon. “When we’re moving and skating and we’re on the body, that’s when we’re playing our best hockey. I would expect to see as much or more going forward.”

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Jets Fans Come Together to Support Winnipeg’s Return to Playoff Hockey

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Jets fans gather at the intersection of Portage Avenue and Main Street in Winnipeg on Thursday to celebrate the team clinching an NHL playoff spot. (David Lipnowski/The Canadian Press)

WINNIPEG – Ryan Gallinger knew ahead of time his son and daughter would be skipping school on Friday, but he was OK with that.

In fact, he and his fiancé, Ashley Jowett, gave their blessings for Ethan, 10, and Rieley, 9, to be absent because of a late night watching Winnipeg Jets hockey.

“It’s a Jets holiday at our household,” Gallinger said with a laugh on Thursday night while the family watched Winnipeg’s first playoff game against Anaheim in the local Park Theatre.

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Atlanta Thrashers Fans Watch Jets’ Playoff Debut with Mixed Emotions

By Steve Lambert, 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)

WINNIPEG – There will be hard feelings for hockey fans in Atlanta as they watch some familiar faces take a run at the Stanley Cup.

Once mainstays of the Atlanta Thrashers, players like Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd and Ondrej Pavelec are now wearing Jets colours after the team relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. As the Jets get ready to bring NHL playoff hockey back to their jubilant fan base in Winnipeg for the first time in almost two decades, the remaining Thrashers fans can only look on with mixed emotions.

“They’re still hurting that we lost our NHL franchise here, and that’s going to be tough for that to go away,” said Chris Ciovacco, who administers a Thrashers fan page on Facebook.

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Inexperienced Jets Seek Franchise’s First Playoff Victory in Game 1 at Ducks

By Stephen Whyno, The Canadian Press

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Nicky Chabluk was excited to get her hands on her new white Winnipeg Jets apparel at the Jets Gear store in Winnipeg, Friday, April 10, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

ANAHEIM, Calif. — After the Atlanta Thrashers were swept in the 2007 playoffs, Jim Slater never imagined that would be the last playoff game for a group that had Marian Hossa, Ilya Kovalchuk and more.

“When you make it into the playoffs at a young age, you think you’re going to be there for a while and it’s going to be year after year,” Slater said.

That group never made it back before the team left Atlanta, and it took until the fourth season as the Winnipeg Jets to qualify for the post-season. They’ll try to win the first playoff game in franchise history in Game 1 against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday night.

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Winnipeg Jets Share Appreciation for Rare Opportunity Playoffs Provide

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Calgary Flames goaltender Joni Ortio (37) covers Winnipeg Jets’ Drew Stafford (12) as he goes to the stick side during third period NHL action in Winnipeg on Saturday, April 11, 2015. Stafford and Tyler Myers are living in the moment, but they haven’t forgotten the past.The former Buffalo Sabres players remain grateful for their trade to the Winnipeg Jets and the opportunity to be in the playoffs instead of with a Sabres team that’s in turmoil. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

WINNIPEG – Drew Stafford and Tyler Myers are living in the moment, but they haven’t forgotten the past.

The former Buffalo Sabres players remain grateful for their trade to the Winnipeg Jets and the opportunity to be in the playoffs instead of with a Sabres team that’s in turmoil.

“There were some pretty dark days in Buffalo, where we really didn’t know how things were going to work out,” Stafford said after Tuesday’s practice. “You just had to do your best to make sure you were showing up every day and putting the work in and doing your job.”

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Winnipeg Jets NHL Playoff Tickets Sell Out in Less Than Five Minutes

By The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec (31) stops a shot as Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon (19) looks for a rebound with Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot, left, defending during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif., on Jan. 11, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Alex Gallardo)

WINNIPEG — Jets fans have long waited for playoff hockey to return to Winnipeg, but only the quickest and luckiest will get to see it happen in person.

The Jets announced today that individual tickets to Games 3 and 4 of their Western Conference quarter-final series against Anaheim sold out in less than five minutes.

The announcement comes as little surprise. The Jets boast an enthusiastic fan base that have been waiting 19 years for post-season hockey to return to Manitoba’s capital.

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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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Paul Maurice’s Ability to Motivate Jets Players Turning into Success on Ice

By Judy Owen, The Canadian Press

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Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice talks to his players during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. Maurice has turned the Winnipeg Jets into a playoff team with his work ethic, motivational skills and hockey smarts. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Gene J. Puskar)

WINNIPEG – It was almost a month after Paul Maurice was hired to coach the Winnipeg Jets when his boss received further proof he was the right man for the job.

The Jets had just lost in a shootout to the St. Louis Blues on the road and players were heading off in all directions for the 2014 Olympic break.

General manager Kevin Cheveldayoff was there to help with travel arrangements and made a rare appearance in the post-game dressing room.

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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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