Three keys to Ducks' 5-2 victory over Jets in Game 4

A look at three keys to the Anaheim Ducks' 5-2 Game 4 victory over the Winnipeg Jets to clinch the series.

1) Trying something new, the Ducks took a lead into the third period Wednesday for the first time in this series. Not only did they hold that lead, they added to it when Ryan Kesler pounced on a rebound at 6:41 to make it 3-1. And when Winnipeg cut that to 3-2, Kesler struck again for a 4-2 lead.

2) Tomas Fleischmann, moved to center from his usual wing position after Chris Wagner was injured, was outstanding at both ends of the ice. He set up Simon Despres for the shot that Kesler rebounded on the Ducks’ third goal and created several other scoring chances.

3) Did we mention that Kesler played incredibly well? He had three goals and five points in four games and was the leader in a gritty effort that required more effort than a sweep would suggest. This is why the Ducks acquired him last summer and why they have a better chance to make a playoff run than they’ve had in a long while.

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