Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Jakob Silfverberg’s score occurred with 21
seconds remaining in regulation, and provided Anaheim with a 2-1 decision
over Winnipeg in Game 2 of this Western Conference quarterfinal.
Ryan Kesler shuttled the puck into the left-wing corner where Silfverberg,
fresh from a battle with Jets forward Bryan Little, scooped it up, moved out
in front and scored on a hard shot to the far side.
Patrick Maroon registered the other goal for the Ducks, who carry a 2-0 series
edge thanks to a 6-3 edge in scoring and 5-0 advantage in the third period.
Frederik Andersen backed his offense with 28 saves.
“We didn’t quit,” said Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau. “I think both games have
been extremely even right down to the wire. Both teams are battling as hard as
they can. Consequently you get one-goal games that come down to the last
Adam Pardy lit the lamp for the Jets, who are still searching for the
franchise’s first playoff victory after six consecutive losses.
Ondrej Pavelec stopped 37 pucks in defeat.
Game 3 will take place in Winnipeg on Monday.
“Well we get on a plane to fly home and deal with the game the next morning
and get back at it,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. “By the time that puck
drops in Winnipeg we would have put this one behind us.”
The Jets survived 1:23 of a two-man disadvantage early in the contest as Pardy
and Tyler Myers were penalized in a 37-second span for high sticking.
Anaheim came out firing early on, peppering Pavelec with 17 first-period
shots, to which he was equal.
Pardy finally opened the scoring on a wraparound with 4:17 left before the
second intermission. The play was reviewed since Kesler knocked Jets winger
Lee Stempniak into the net before the shot was taken, but the on-ice call was
After a frenzied sequence of near-misses during a high-sticking minor to
Winnipeg captain Andrew Ladd, Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler cranked up a point
blast which was tipped in by Maroon at 10:43 of the third.
Atlanta’s one and only playoff appearance, in 2007, ended with a four-game
sweep against the New York Rangers … The last postseason game won by a club
based in Winnipeg was a 3-1 decision in Detroit on Apr. 26, 1996 in Game 5 of
a Western quarterfinal … Pardy’s marker was his first career playoff goal
and first of any kind since Jan. 26, 2011 for Calgary.