The current iteration of the Winnipeg Jets, formerly known as the Atlanta Thrashers, has never won a playoff game. They received a ticket to the postseason once, in the 2006-07 season. The Rangers swept them. This season’s Jets, bringing playoff hockey back to Winnipeg for the first time since 1996, hoped to break that ignominious streak against the Ducks. They did not.
The recurring theme of the series was Winnipeg’s inability to hold onto a lead in the third period. Game 1 saw a 2-1 Jets lead vanish as the Ducks scored three in the third. In Game 2, the Jets wasted a 1-0 lead by giving up two in final period. Game 3 required an overtime after the Jets couldn’t hold a 4-3 lead after the second. (Anaheim’s Rickard Rakell scored the game-winner.) The Ducks simply closed the book in Game 4 with a 5-2 victory.
The third star of last night’s game was cute, but also sad, in a way:
Before the series even started, the chances of Winnipeg advancing were highly unlikely, to put it nicely. But we—or, hell, speaking for myself here—I wanted to see them get one win, as a personal victory. Wash the stink off. Get something to build on. Just one. Nope. The streak continues.
As the final horn sounded, Winnipeg’s crowd thanked their team for the playoff run—even though it was a disappointing one—by starting up one more “Go Jets Go!” chant as the Jets and Ducks shook hands. They hope to be back next season.
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