A few steps down the tunnel and it became clear where all the noise was coming from.
Nearly 19 years of pent-up playoff excitement was unleashed inside the MTS Centre, which sounded more like an avalanche than a whiteout.
Perhaps the loudest moment was during the singing of the Canadian national anthem. Jets fans normally accent the line of, "True north strong and free," with a little more enthusiasm. But Monday night, fans may have broken the sound barrier — if that's possible?
Fans continued cheering well after the puck was dropped.
It did not take long for the Winnipeg faithful to find a target, as the crowd of 15,004 began chanting, "Kesler sucks!"
That would be directed at Ducks forward Ryan Kesler.
The MTS Centre nearly blew-up after Lee Stempniak scored the first playoff goal in Winnipeg since Norm Maciver did it in April 1996.
Stempniak put the Jets out to a 1-0 lead at 09:38 of the first period, and it sounded like a jumbo jet was taking off.
An intimidating atmosphere for visiting Ducks fans, you can be sure. A hometown Jets supporter even caught some nesting in the safe confines of a private box.Suggest a correction