They are also smart.
On Sunday, the topic du jour was noise, specifically the noise expected to be generated by the
Earplugs should not be optional.
Pent-up emotion is understandable, after all, considering it will be the first playoff game for the franchise since the team relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta for the 2011-12 season.
No one foolishly (or inaccurately) said that Ducks' fans would have the sound edge, though they were quite loud for Games 1 and 2 at
"It was pretty crazy, just because I said our fans were louder," he said Sunday morning before the Ducks departed for Winnipeg. "They made a point of proving to me that may not be the case. It was really loud and crazy, that building.
"…Our anticipation or assumption of what it is going to be like in Winnipeg, I don't think they're going to disappoint."
"That's a good question. I'd say regular season in Winnipeg might have to be up there," Fowler said. "Nashville, in the playoffs, my first year. That building gets going pretty good. Really, any building in the playoffs.
"You look at our building, and these fans have been unbelievable these past two games. We certainly understand the type of energy that we're heading into in Winnipeg."
Said Boudreau: "Most of our players are Canadian and they've been in cities when stuff like this is going on. It'll be pretty wild. It's great time to be a hockey player — going to Winnipeg for the first time in a while hosting a playoff game. They'll be into it, and hopefully that makes our players into it a little bit more."
It all starts before the puck drops, and in this case the double-anthem night. But not all anthems are created equal.
"Even when they sing the anthem before the game, it usually gives you goose bumps," Stoner said. "It always sets the stage for the night. That's just one building, and [Montreal's]
"The fans are just very loud. I don't know what it is about that building, it kind of echoes, and it feels like they're right on top of you."
The Ducks said that forward Chris Wagner did not go with the team to Winnipeg on Sunday. Wagner suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Game 2 on Saturday and did not return. … Winnipeg Jets Coach Paul Maurice is usually good for one gem of a quote per media session, usually more. He did not disappoint Sunday. He was asked about the inclusion of defenseman