Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice said the team needs to dig deep in Game 3 if they hope to pull out a win in Winnipeg's MTS Centre Monday.
Before boarding a plane to Winnipeg Sunday morning following the Jets 2-1 loss to the Ducks, Maurice said the last two games against Anaheim have been so tight that the team will have draw on the boisterous hometown crowd energy if they hope to bank a couple of wins on home ice this week.
"There's a long history of down 2-0, feeling pretty down about yourself, and coming back and winning the series," said Maurice. "These have been tight, tight games and we just need to find a little more of that confidence that will keep us moving quick through 60 minutes."
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Despite the fact that Jets' center Mathieu Perreault was sidelined for five minutes after being cross-checked into the Ducks' goal post without a penalty on the play, Maurice said overall he thinks the referees called a fair game.
"There's 40 penalties to be called, they'll pick the ones that they see, but it wasn't [called] unfairly," said Maurice, adding he thought there were a few missed calls in the third period. "They call the game as best they can. I haven't felt in the last two games they necessarily got it right or wrong, but it was at least even, and we'll just take that."
Time to review Game 2 mistakes, says Stuart
Jets' defenceman Mark Stuart said Game 2 is in the past — the focus now is on how to match the Ducks power play intensity and third period endurance.
"You got to get that [penalty] kill done in both games," said Stuart. "Other than that, you know, it's just about closing out games. We feel like we've done a lot of good things, it's just a matter of closing them out."
Stuart said the team is going to review Game 2 footage and find out where they can improve moving forward in the series.
Still in the running, Scheifele says
Jets' centre Mark Scheifele said Sunday morning that despite the team coming up on the wrong side of the win Saturday, there are still a lot of games left to play.
"Hockey is a cruel game at times, but teams that have bounced back are the ones that learn the most and the ones that gain the most experience," said Scheifele. "It's going to be a tough battle but every guy on this team isn't giving up."
The Jets take on the Ducks at the MTS Centre Monday night at 8 p.m. CT for Game 3. The fourth game in the series takes place Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT in Winnipeg.