Jakob Silfverberg's goal with 21 seconds left in the third period, a quick shot that sneaked under the right arm of Winnipeg goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, proved to be the difference Saturday as the Ducks rallied for a 2-1 playoff victory over the Jets at Honda Center on Saturday night to take a two games to one lead in their first-round playoff series.
The series shifts to Winnipeg for Games 3 and 4, on Monday and Wednesday.
Silfverberg had a slow start offensively this season but has developed some confidence in his shot, and justifiably so. The Swedish right wing, always considered a responsible player defensively, is evolving into a complete player who could provide much-needed offensive depth.
Frederik Andersen made 28 saves for the Ducks. Pavelec was spectacular in stopping 37 shots.
Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf got the assists.
The second period ended with Winnipeg holding a 1-0 lead and having closed the once-wide gap in shot differential. The
A few more stats: the Ducks were credited with 34 hits through two periods, compared to 22 for the
Kesler was penalized for elbowing at 16:14, but the Ducks killed that off.
A bad clearing attempt by
A few seconds later, the team announced that center Chris Wagner had sustained an upper-body injury and was doubtful to return.
The Ducks had announced another personnel move earlier, saying they had summoned defenseman Josh Manson from Norfolk of the
The first period ends without any goals, but it was still entertaining and fast-paced.
Faceoffs were even at 8-8.
Anaheim killed an interference penalty that was called against Hampus Lindholm at 11:28 and a penalty to Kesler for hitting
If comebacks were the
First, Winnipeg defenseman
They did get one good scoring chance, a blast by Corey Perry from the left circle, but they couldn't cash in. Halfway into the period they had a 14-3 edge in shots but the score remained 0-0.
"I don't think either team is going to change. It would be a shock to me if all of a sudden both teams changed what they've done all year to be successful," Ducks Coach Bruce Boudreau said after his team's morning skate. "If it's a physical, game, it's a physical game. They like playing that way. We love playing that way, so I've got to believe it'll be a physical game."
Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm said the first game "was a real battle," and he expected it to be even tougher Saturday.
"We know they're going to come out hard, and we've got to come out even harder," he said. "We know some stuff we have to improve to come out on top.
"Every game is going to be physical. It's going to be a battle. That's how playoffs are."
The Ducks were expected to use the same lineup as they did in Game 1, which means goaltender John Gibson and center
The Jets considered reinstating center
"He'll be a game-time decision," Coach Paul Maurice said. "We'll see how he feels when he comes back. He felt really good coming off the ice today. We'll make a decision then."
Games 3 and 4 will be played Monday and Wednesday at Winnipeg’s
The Jets did reinstate Mathieu Perreault to their lineup after he apparently emerged from the warmups unscathed. Their starters and scratches were:
Pavelec; Pardy-Byfuglien; Lowry-Perreault-Stempniak.
Scratch: Hellebuyck, Postma, Ellerby, Peluso, Halischuk, Galiardi, Harrison, Copp, O'Dell and Chiarot.
Andersen; Stoner-Vatanen; Cogliano-Rakell-Silfverberg.