Takeaways from Ducks' 5-4 overtime Game 3 win over Winnipeg Jets

The Ducks dominate again in the third period of 5-4 overtime victory against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 3

A few more takeaways from the Ducks' 5-4 overtime victory -- a high-speed, thrill-a-minute game that saw the Ducks take a 3-0 series lead.

Ownership of the third period

Meet the third period. The same as the third periods in Game 1 and Game 2.

So far, the Ducks haven’t found a third-period deficit they haven’t been able to handle. In Game 3, they forced overtime with Ryan Kesler’s tying goal with 2:14 remaining.

They landed in the record book, becoming the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive playoff games when trailing at any point in the third period of all three games, according the Elias Sports Bureau.

“It's kind of been the story of the series,” said the JetsBryan Little. “We just can't seem to get a bounce against these guys. Again that late goal in the third kind of killed us and took away some momentum for us.

“It's hard to put a finger on it. If we knew what it was, we'd fix it. You've got to give them credit, they don't stop. They go right to the end of the game. It almost gets in your head how good they are at it.”

Handling an intense atmosphere

It was as loud as advertised as the MTS Centre crowd lived up to its reputation in Winnipeg. They were clad in white -- you could see a mere handful of orange dots in the ocean of white in the arena.

Somehow, it was fitting that the guy who seems to embrace the villain role, Kesler, sent the game to overtime.

Then it was Rickard Rakell silencing the crowd with his overtime winner for the Ducks.

Closing time.

The Elias Sports Bureau said Rakell, 21, became the youngest player in franchise history to score an overtime goal in the playoffs. Paul Kariya had the previous record when he scored in overtime against Phoenix. He was 22 when he scored the overtime playoff goal on April 27, 1997.

Here are some more daunting facts for the demoralized Jets.

The NHL’s Morning Skate generated some more statistics on Tuesday morning, noting the Ducks have held the lead for 11 minutes, 21 seconds in the first three games of the series.

In other words, that is 6.1% of total playing time. Winnipeg has been in the lead for 36.3% of the time and the teams have been tied for the remainder of the time.

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