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NHL playoffs: 3 stories from Monday night

04/21/2015 01:51 EDT | Updated 07/12/2015 04:59 EDT
Anaheim silenced the "Whiteout" in Winnipeg, Pittsburgh had little fight against New York and Minnesota's Devan Dubnyk shut down St. Louis. 

Here are three stories from Monday night's NHL playoff games:

'Whiteout' ends with a whimper

The return of the "Whiteout" in Winnipeg ended unceremoniously in a 5-4 overtime loss at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.

A night that was 19 years in the making failed to produce a much-needed win for the Jets, who fell behind 3-0 in their first-round series and are facing elimination on Wednesday night. 

This loss marks the third straight game that Winnipeg allowed a lead to slip away in the third period. 

Despite the devastating defeat, the home crowd was in it for the entire game, welcoming the Jets into the playoffs with flare.

Ducks forward Ryan Kesler received a much chillier reception from the Jets faithful, who took every opportunity to let him hear their thoughts. 

Playing the role of the villain in Winnipeg, he silenced the crowd with just over two minutes remaining in the game when his one-timer beat Ondrej Pavelec to tie it up at four apiece. 

Rickard Rakell ended the party for good, scoring at 5:12 of extra time. 

With two Canadian teams facing a disappointing early exit from the playoffs, we ask: 

Pens punchless in loss to Rangers

Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby earned an assist on PatricHornqvist's third-period goal, but it was too little, to late for the otherwise lethargic home team.

The New York Rangers pulled ahead 2-1 in their playoff series with a 2-1 defeat of the Penguins on Monday night. 

Pittsburgh failed to follow up a stellar Game 2 performance with much of anything in the first two periods. They got off to a now characteristically slow start, as the Penguins didn't register their first shot until more than 15 minutes into the opening frame.

New York managed to hold the Penguins to only 11 shots through the first 40 minutes of play. Rangers forward Chris Kreider had the game-winner halfway through the second when he capitalized on a rebound. 

Dubnyk perfect for Wild

Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk continued his stellar run by becoming the first to record a shutout in 2015's post-season. 

The 28-year-old steered aside 17 shots to help seal a 3-0 victory over the visiting St. Louis Blues. 

Minnesota ended a three-game losing streak at home to reclaim the series lead, 2-1. Zach Parise's line propelled the team, scoring both goals in the second. The 30-year-old Minnesota native recorded his first of the playoffs with a snap shot that beat rookie Jake Allen.

The Wild had the edge in play for the entire game and managed to avoid taking any penalties. They had a little fun with the Blues' attempts to get something going, as Steve Ott found out when he not-so-gracefully missed a hit in front of Minnesota's bench. 

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