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Jets' 'Whiteout' becomes avalanche of playoff excitement

04/20/2015 09:54 EDT | Updated 07/12/2015 12:59 EDT
All the Winnipeg Jets players had to do to get the juices going for Game 3 of their Western Conference series with the Anaheim Ducks Monday night was take a step outside the dressing room and listen.

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.

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