Break out the brooms!
Hilary Knight knows what side to be on.
The Anaheim Ducks held a watch party on the giant screens outside Honda Center and it looked pretty freaking sick. Oh, and the fans came prepared as well.
Some pre-game observations.
Wish I had been quick enough to snap a photo, but Troll of the Year award goes to Ducks fan outside MTS Centre with a broom before Game 4.— Elliott Teaford (@ElliottTeaford) April 23, 2015
Bobby Ryan is having a good series for the Ducks pic.twitter.com/TJvritxbDj— Cooper & Darnell (@scarson_) April 23, 2015
After a strong start, the Jets capitalize on an early power play mere moments after John Ahlers brings up the ineptitude of the Winnipeg power play.
Sure Ahlers. Go ahead and bring up how bad the Jets PP has been. Free goal for them.— Kyle Nicolas (@ACKyleNicolas) April 23, 2015
Not like we haven't seen that story before.
Got them right where we want them now...— Cup Run Cory (@CoryHink) April 23, 2015
Emerson Etem ties the game with a contender for goal of the playoffs so far. (Sidenote, this is currently only contested by Vladimir Tarasenko's insane goal scored not even a half hour later in up in Minnesota).
Emerson Beatem.— Dave Lozo (@DaveLozo) April 23, 2015
That goal had me like... https://t.co/HdHTnk93Jm— Tim (@thollenback15) April 23, 2015
Yeah, Winnipeg might not have any banners hanging up there but I'll tell ya what IS hanging up there: Trouba's jockstrap— not Dany Heatley (@DanyAllStar15) April 23, 2015
After getting extremely sexist last game, the Jets fans tried taking their trolling in another direction.
Jets fans chanting "Captain Rogaine" at Ryan Getzlaf tonight so it looks like Winnipeg has spent the last few days wisely.— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 23, 2015
An appropriate reaction this season.
Oh. It's the 2nd period. Gulp. [pees self]— Bucky (@BuckyHermit) April 23, 2015
Not the best start to the period once again, but leave it to Frederik Andersen to bail the boys out..
GIF: Roooooobbbed. pic.twitter.com/xveTEt7oxJ— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 23, 2015
Andrew Cogliano caps off a beautiful move from Corey Perry to give the Ducks a 2-1 lead.
And now the haters and naysayers started realizing the error of their "expert" predictions.
Mr. Monday Morning Quarterback Steve Simmons wins the Hindsight Bowl > https://t.co/kvhz81Jchk— Puq (@ducksallday) April 23, 2015
The Ducks held the lead through to the end of the period. For the first time in the entire series, Anaheim was not losing... and likewise for the first time they were in front. People weren't really sure how to handle it.
Wait a minute are we allowed to go into a third period with a lead? Is this cheating?— jer (@JerMeansWell) April 23, 2015
Ducks up after 2?!?! How do we do this— DevonFreakinBartling (@VanillaTwist11) April 23, 2015
#RallyTeem- wait what?— Shelby (@shelbynicole214) April 23, 2015
A lead after the 2nd period? pic.twitter.com/kmX1ia3tTH— Kyle (@kyledvncan) April 23, 2015
The Ducks came out far more controlled in the third and took control of the game. The most hated player in the series, Ryan Kesler, came up huge and put a dagger in the hearts of the Jets and their fans.
PUBLIC ENEMY #1 KESLER SCORES— Kalle Landström (@Karlstar92) April 23, 2015
RYAN FREAKING KESLER pic.twitter.com/HahQDx8fsz— Bucky (@BuckyHermit) April 23, 2015
Kesler be all... pic.twitter.com/sX0w1wtJAE— Earl Sleek (@earlsleek) April 23, 2015
But not so fast... Winnipeg got one back off a won faceoff and a lucky bounce to make it close again. And the building went off.
Crowd is back into it now. Go Jets Go chant roars through MTS Centre for the entire commercial break.— Kyle Shohara (@kyleshohara) April 23, 2015
Less than five minutes later the crowd went dead silent yet again at the hands of its favorite Anaheim player... Ryan Kesler.
RYAN FRIGGING KESLER pic.twitter.com/7u7YqSoDPD— Bucky (@BuckyHermit) April 23, 2015
Oh it had to be Kesler, right?— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 23, 2015
... and the Twitter celebration began.
HEARING THE MTS CENTRE QUIET IS THE GREATEST FUCKING THING EVER.— starfire (@sailorelijah) April 23, 2015
Well, at least Winnipeg didn't have to wait 20 years to watch its team lose two home playoff games. It's all about perspective.— Pucks of a Feather (@PucksofaFeather) April 23, 2015
Sami Vatanen would seal it with an empty-netter.
After finishing with the top record in the Western Conference for the second straight year, the Anaheim Ducks are the first team in the NHL to punch their ticket to round two, where they will face either the Calgary Flames or the Vancouver Canucks. Yet much of the post-game reaction was more so in shock to the Jets defeat than it was in admiration of Anaheim's series-long dominance.
a lot of people owe the @AnaheimDucks an apology— Steve Levy (@espnSteveLevy) April 23, 2015
The Jets got swept by a better team and no one is talking about the better team, they're instead congratulating the Jets. This is baffling.— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) April 23, 2015
I don’t think I’ve ever seen an eliminated team play the injury card as quickly as the Jets are playing the injury card.— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) April 23, 2015
See you all in round two!
Shoutout to the people that had the ducks being eliminated in the first round pic.twitter.com/7aDLx0pWOt— ann-drea perkins (@TheMightyDrea) April 23, 2015
Edit: one more thing I found that I actually thought was pretty cool:
Bear Brass showing our support for our Anaheim Ducks !!!!!!!!! NHL.com NHL Matt Beleskey Ryan Getzlaf Corey Perry Ryan KeslerPosted by Bear Brass on Wednesday, April 22, 2015