MTS Cen­tre should be loud

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - By Lisa Dill­man lisa.dill­man@la­times.com Twit­ter: @re­al­lisa

WIN­NIPEG, Canada — The Ducks are skilled, phys­i­cal and determined and lead­ing their play­off se­ries, two games to none. They are also smart. On Sun­day, the topic du jour was noise, specif­i­cally the noise ex­pected to be gen­er­ated by the MTS Cen­tre crowd on Mon­day night for Game 3 of the Win­nipeg-Ana­heim play­off se­ries.

Earplugs should not be op­tional.

Pent-up emo­tion is un­der­stand­able, af­ter all, con­sid­er­ing it will be the first play­off game for the fran­chise since the team re­lo­cated to Win­nipeg from At­lanta for the 2011-12 sea­son.

No one fool­ishly (or in­ac­cu­rately) said that Ducks fans would have the sound edge, though they were quite loud for Games 1 and 2 at Honda Cen­ter. The Ducks beat the Jets, 2-1, on Satur­day night in Game 2 with an­other patented third-pe­riod come­back, scor­ing twice in the fi­nal pe­riod.

Ana­heim Coach Bruce Boudreau dis­cov­ered the con­se­quences four years ago when he coached the Cap­i­tals af­ter he said in a ra­dio in­ter­view that Wash­ing­ton’s build­ing had an edge over Madi­son Square Gar­den in New York.

“It was pretty crazy, just be­cause I said our fans were louder,” he said Sun­day morn­ing be­fore the Ducks de­parted for Win­nipeg. “They made a point of prov­ing to me that may not be the case. It was re­ally loud and crazy, that build­ing.

“…Our an­tic­i­pa­tion or as­sump­tion of what it is go­ing to be like in Win­nipeg, I don’t think they’re go­ing to dis­ap­point.”

“You look at our build­ing, and th­ese fans have been un­be­liev­able th­ese past two games,” said Ducks de­fense­man Cam Fowler. “We cer­tainly un­der­stand the type of en­ergy that we’re head­ing into in Win­nipeg.”

Said Boudreau: “Most of our play­ers are Canadian and they’ve been in cities when stuff like this is go­ing on. It’ll be pretty wild. It’s great time to be a hockey player — go­ing to Win­nipeg for the first time in a while host­ing a play­off game. They’ll be into it, and hope­fully that makes our play­ers into it a lit­tle bit more.”

Etc.

The Ducks said that for­ward Chris Wag­ner did not go with the team to Win­nipeg on Sun­day. Wag­ner suf­fered an up­per-body in­jury in the first pe­riod of Game 2 on Satur­day and did not re­turn. … Win­nipeg Coach Paul Mau­rice was asked about the in­clu­sion of de­fense­man Adam Pardy for Game 2. Pardy, who was a healthy scratch for Game 1, scored a high­light-reel goal for the Jets on Satur­day. It also hap­pened to be his first goal since 2011. “He should’ve slashed my tires and burned my house down for tak­ing him out of the lineup based on the way he played,” Mau­rice said. “He de­served to get back in. He played with a play­off in­ten­sity in that game, closed the gap, played hard.”

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