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PHOTOS: Winnipeg Jets lose first playoff game against Anaheim Ducks

Drew Stafford and Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets make their points to the referee with Kyle Palmieri and Francois Beauchemin and goalie Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks looking on during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

ANAHEIM, Calif. – In the physicality and pace departments, the Winnipeg Jets showed they were playoff-ready. They just weren’t able to handle the playoff-tested, comeback-loving Anaheim Ducks.

The Jets took it to the Ducks but blew a lead and fell into penalty trouble to lose Game 1 of their first-round series 4-2 Thursday night at Honda Center.

“That’s what they’re good at in the third period,” Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec said. “I think five-on-five we played a really good game, a solid game. We just have to be a little bit smarter with the penalties. It pretty much cost us the game.”

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Corey Perry scored the tying goal on the power play and then the winner later in the third period, only after a minute played and video review confirmed the puck went in the net.

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“I wasn’t sure,” said Pavelec, who finished with 29 saves but couldn’t keep Perry’s shot out. “I knew it was close. It was in.”

Adam Lowry and Drew Stafford scored for the Jets, who played penalty-free hockey for the first 39 minutes and went stride for stride with the top seed in the Western Conference at least until the final part of the second period.

“I was happy with the game for the most part,” Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said. “There was a lot more good in our game for us than the final result may dictate.”

The puck slips past Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec for a goal by Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen during the first period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday. Chris Carlson
Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey, right, checks Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom during the second period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Anaheim, Calif. Chris Carlson / The Associated Press
Winnipeg Jets fans cheer as they make their way to Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Winnipeg Jets and the Anaheim Ducks during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks controls the puck under pressure by Matt Halischuk #15 of the Winnipeg Jets during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Tim Jackman #18 of the Anaheim Ducks pressures Tobias Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets into the corner during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Former Anaheim Ducks players Teemu Selanne, left, and George Parros watch Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Anaheim Ducks and the Winnipeg Jets at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
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Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks finds the puck after his save during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Drew Stafford #12 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates after scoring against the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Drew Stafford #12 of the Winnipeg Jets reacts to his goal with Jacob Trouba #8 to take a 2-1 lead over the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks reacts to his goal in front of Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
The Ducks' Ryan Getzlaf celebrates his third period goal on Jets' goaltender Ondrej Pavelec during Anaheim's 4-2 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Honda Center Thursday night. Kevin Sullivan / The Orange County Register / The Associated Press
Dustin Byfuglien #33 of the Winnipeg Jets knocks Tim Jackman #18 of the Anaheim Ducks to the ice during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
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Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets skates away from Rickard Rakell #67 of the Anaheim Ducks during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets makes a kick save during a 4-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Ondrej Pavelec #3 and Ben Chiarot #63 of the Winnipeg Jets and Emerson Etem #16 of the Anaheim Ducks react to a goal by Sami Vatanen #45 during the first period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Francois Beauchemin #23 of the Anaheim Ducks gets knocked to the ice by Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Goalie Ondrej Pavelec #31 of the Winnipeg Jets and teammate Lee Stempniak #20 defend against Matt Beleskey #39 and Ryan Kesler #17 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Tobias Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets picks up the loose puck against Kyle Palmieri #21 of the Anaheim Ducks and Sami Vatanen #45 during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
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Goalie Frederik Andersen #31 of the Anaheim Ducks and teammate Hampus Lindholm #47 defend against Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Jakob Silfverberg #33 of the Anaheim Ducks controls the puck under pressure by Jim Slater #19 of the Winnipeg Jets during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks reacts after scoring with teammates Sami Vatanen #45, Corey Perry #10 and Patrick Maroon #19 against the Winnipeg Jets during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Robert Binder/NHLI via Getty Images
Sami Vatanen #45 of the Anaheim Ducks skates as he is chased by Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets during the second period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Patrick Maroon #19 of the Anaheim Ducks looks to pass as he is checked by Ben Chiarot #63 of the Winnipeg Jets during the first period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his goal to tie the game 1-1 with the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
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Tobias Enstrom #39 of the Winnipeg Jets controls the puck in front of Kyle Palmieri #21 of the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHL via Getty Images
Ryan Kesler #17 of the Anaheim Ducks dives as he knocks the puck from Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets during the third period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Ryan Kesler #17 of the Anaheim Ducks battles Blake Wheeler #26 of the Winnipeg Jets for position during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Hampus Lindholm #47, Frederik Andersen #31 and Corey Perry #10 of the Anaheim Ducks celebrate a 4-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
Drew Stafford #12 of the Winnipeg Jets skates around Francois Beauchemin #23 of the Anaheim Ducks during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images
Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates his goal to tie the game 1-1 with the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center on April 16, 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. Harry How/Getty Images
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Anaheim Ducks left wing Matt Beleskey, right, checks Winnipeg Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom during the second period of Game 1 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday. Chris Carlson / The Associated Press
Drew Stafford and Mark Scheifele of the Winnipeg Jets make their points to the referee with Kyle Palmieri and Francois Beauchemin and goalie Frederik Andersen of the Anaheim Ducks looking on during the second period in Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. Debora Robinson/NHLI via Getty Images

In addition to Perry’s two, Sami Vatanen and captain Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim. Frederik Andersen finished with 24 saves.

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Game 2 is Saturday night in Anaheim before the series turns to Winnipeg. Players and coaches on either side are gearing up for a long haul.

“It’s the beginning of potentially seven,” Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We know what we’re up against.”

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Despite the long layoff from the end of the regular season Saturday until Game 1, the Jets and Ducks were amped up from the start of warm-ups and came out flying. The pace was quick right away and the hits were too many to count — and maybe too punishing to last for a long series.

“They play a physical game, we play a physical game,” Boudreau said. “They’re a big team, we’re a big team. That’s what happens when two big teams meet.”

For all the big hits and pushing and shoving after whistles, Mark Scheifele getting called for roughing late in the second period turned the tide. Winnipeg’s first penalty led to Perry’s goal early in the second period.

“Those are the emotions that you have to control,” Maurice said. “The six other times that happened in the game that there wasn’t a penalty, I think maybe we were lulled into a false sense of security about what was allowed after the whistle.”

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Perry’s power-play goal tied the score at 2, and then the two-time Canadian Olympic gold medallist thought he scored at even strength 13:21 into the third period. Play went on before video review showed the puck did cross the line and the Ducks had the lead.

“I had a feeling it was in,” said Perry, who finished with four points. “His pad was back over the line on my first shot. I just had to make a second shot. I came back and asked our assistant coach and our video guy. He confirmed it was in on the overhead. You never know until they announce it.”

Even though time went back on the clock, a penalty on Anaheim’s Clayton Stoner stood by rule. But the Jets couldn’t score on a power play, and a boarding penalty on Michael Frolik allowed Getzlaf to seal it.

“I thought it was a good clean hockey game,” Getzlaf said. “Sometimes playoff games can get a little out of hand with guys doing stupid things, but I thought that both teams played a good honest game tonight and we were lucky to come out on top.”

The Ducks scored two power-play goals for the first time since Jan. 11, handing Winnipeg a tough loss in the process.

“We had an opportunity to take this one,” Stafford said. “That one part of it stings, but at the same time, it’s not a one-game series. We expect this to be a hard-fought battle all the way to the end.”

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In the first playoff game for this group, Maurice was satisfied with not just the effort but the execution. Despite committing penalties again, he said the Jets wouldn’t be too down about the loss.

“It’s in some ways quite a bit less devastating than some of those losses that we faced two or three weeks ago,” Maurice said. “We weren’t figuring this would be 16-0 or 4-0.”

Notes — Jets forward Mathieu Perreault was scratched with a lower-body injury. … Four players the Ducks acquired before the trade deadline (defencemen Korbinian Holzer and James Wisniewski and forwards Tomas Fleischmann and Jiri Sekac) were healthy scratches.

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