The only relatively surprising aspect of the series opener between Anaheim and Winnipeg came when the Jets entered the third period leading by a goal on the road.
Everything that followed seemed pretty normal.
The top-seeded Ducks rallied for a 4-2 victory Thursday, something they had done 24 times during the season. Three of those comeback wins came against Winnipeg, which again failed to contain Anaheim’s power play.
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The Ducks are 7 for 19 with the man advantage in four meetings with the Jets after Corey Perry scored one of his two third-period goals on the power play and Ryan Getzlaf added an insurance goal with an extra skater.
Perry’s go-ahead goal came after the officials initially waved it off before the replay review confirmed the puck had crossed the line.
How do the Jets recover heading into Game 2 on Saturday night?
"We obviously want to stay out of the box as much as possible," captain Andrew Ladd said. "It’s such an important part of the postseason, especially when they’ve had that success against us.
"They’re a team that’s first in the West for a reason. We know it’s going to be a long, hard series. We’ll get better next game."
What’s interesting is that the Ducks had a 15.7 percent success rate on the power play during the season, ranking 28th in the league. That doesn’t seem to apply against the Jets, adding another advantage for a club that never counts itself out.
"We’ve done this all year. We keep playing the same way all season," said Perry, who set a career playoff high with four points. "It doesn’t change just because of the playoffs. I thought the second half of the second period we started playing our game."
Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau sees the penalties as a result of matching styles. Frederik Andersen, who has won all five of his career starts against the Jets, made 25 saves and held Winnipeg scoreless on three power plays.
"When they’re playing physical, we have to match it right away," Boudreau said. "If you’re playing a skating team that doesn’t want to hit, it’s hard to get involved in that game. They play a physical game and we play a physical game. They’re a big team, we’re a big team. That’s what happens when two big teams meet."
Winnipeg is confident in its penalty kill after keeping opponents scoreless 89.2 percent of the time over its final 14 regular-season games. The Jets know they’ll have to translate that success into the postseason as they look to snap a five-game losing streak to the Ducks.
"They have a good power play and I’m not saying we’re not going to take any penalties this series," defenseman Tyler Myers said. "We’re going to have to kill some off and battle those out. We can definitely be more disciplined."
Winnipeg hopes to build on how well it played in the first two periods. Adam Lowry scored less than a minute after Sami Vatanen put Anaheim up in the first two minutes of the game, and Drew Stafford gave the Jets the lead five minutes into the second.
Ondrej Pavelec saved 22 of 23 shots through 40 minutes.
"I was happy with the game for the most part," coach Paul Maurice said. "I thought five-on-five we did a lot of really good things and our top-end guys played very, very well. The story will be the power-play goals."