If the opener between the Ducks and Jets on Thursday in a Stanley Cup first-round playoff series is any indication, then hockey fans are in for quite a show.
A few more takeaways from an electric night at Honda Center:
Twin power took control of the third period
Longtime linemates and friends Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf -- fondly called the twins because of their vaunted on-ice chemistry -- seized hold of the final 20 minutes and didn’t let go.
In all, they combined for seven points. Perry had a hand in every Ducks goal, scoring twice and adding two assists. Getzlaf had one goal and two assists.
In the stirring third-period comeback, Perry scored twice and Getzlaf added the insurance goal, on the power play. For Perry, the four points was a single-game playoff career high.
“This is the time when we want to step up and we want to lead by example,” Perry said. “Whether it’s on the score sheet, or different things, it was a good game for our whole line, I thought we played well. To get going in the right direction, we needed this first one and we’ve got to keep pushing forward.”
Power play flickers to life
The oft-maligned power play surfaced at the right time for the Ducks.
They went two for three on the man advantage, taking advantage of the Jets’ relative inexperience and capitalizing on the veteran savvy of Ducks center Ryan Kesler in goading the Jets’ Mark Scheifele into taking a roughing penalty.
“We obviously want to stay out of the box as much as possible,” Jets captain Andrew Ladd said. “It’s such an important part of the postseason, especially when they’ve had that success against us. But we want to play hard between the whistles and that’s pretty much it.”
Tale of the tape
The hitting between the Ducks and the Jets was unrelenting.
Each team was credited with 32 hits throughout the first 40 minutes. Then the Ducks stepped it up in the third period, out-hitting Winnipeg, 14-5. Ducks center Andrew Cogliano led them with six hits, overall. For Winnipeg, defenseman Mark Stuart was a game high with eight and had just one in the final period.
Ducks rookie Chris Wagner made the most out of his time on the ice in his Stanley Cup playoff debut with four hits in 9 minutes and 15 seconds of ice time.