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Jets look for first playoff win vs. Ducks in Game 2

by Patrick Williams /



Anaheim leads best-of-7 series 1-0

The Anaheim Ducks will try to take a 2-0 series lead when they host the Winnipeg Jets in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round at Honda Center on Saturday.

The Jets will attempt to win their first Stanley Cup Playoff game since moving to Winnipeg from Atlanta.

The Ducks and Jets combined for 83 hits in Game 1, which they had anticipated.

"I knew it was going to be a physical game," Jets defenseman Mark Stuart, who led all players with eight hits, told the their website Friday. "It's playoff hockey. It's what you expect."

The Jets finished eighth in the NHL in the regular season with 2,409 hits; the Ducks ranked 10th (2,301). Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau predicted more of the same for Game 2.

"I think it's the DNA of both teams to play like that," Boudreau told the Ducks website. "We're both physical teams. There were a lot of hits. That's what makes seven-game series so interesting. I don't think too much will change. If anything, it'll ramp up."

The experienced Ducks plan to continue testing the Jets' discipline in Game 2. Winnipeg, whose 308 times shorthanded in the regular season were most in the League, allowed two Anaheim goals on three power-play chances in Game 1.

"For us, we've got to continue laying the body," Ducks forward Patrick Maroon said. "We can't stop what we're doing. We've got to keep playing hard and playing between the whistles. That's playoff hockey, and that's what it's all about, just to get underneath [Winnipeg's] skin and [get them] rattled."

Winnipeg will need to figure out a way to slow down the Anaheim combination of center Ryan Getzlaf (one goal, two assists) and Corey Perry (two goals, two assists) that produced the third-period comeback. The Ducks led the League in the regular season with 12 wins when trailing after two periods.

Injured Jets forward Mathieu Perreault (lower body) joined his teammates at practice Friday after missing Game 1. Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said he did not have an update on Perreault for Game 2.

The Jets also will need more offensive production from their first line. Left wing Andrew Ladd does not have a goal in his past 12 games. Center Bryan Little, who missed 11 games in March because of an upper-body injury, has one assist in six games since returning to the lineup.

"We've got some things we can do better, and I'm sure they'll say the same thing about their game," Maurice said. "But you got your money's worth from [Game 1]. If you want to see two teams go at it, that was a good, physical hockey game, and it was fun to be a part of."

The series moves to Winnipeg for Game 3 on Monday.

The Atlanta Thrashers were swept by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 2007.

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