Hextall on Hockey: Jets playoff sweep an impressive surprise

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680 CJOB hockey authority John Shannon breaks down how the Winnipeg Jets were able to sweep the Edmonton Oilers – May 25, 2021

When I’m wrong, I’ll admit it.

I didn’t have the Winnipeg Jets defeating the Edmonton Oilers in the first round.

I definitely did not see the Jets sweeping the series.

But the Jets did, and the Jets are moving on.

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What’s particularly impressive is the way in which Winnipeg won the series.

The first two games in Edmonton, the Jets had their game plan and executed it to perfection.

A textbook performance creating low-event games — structured, tight-checking, very few power-play opportunities and most important: the Jets kept Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl quiet on the scoresheet.

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Then in Game 3, the tide turned and high-event hockey was on display. The Jets still found a way to win, outscoring the Oilers — let that sink in — outscoring a team that has the top two point producers in the NHL

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Then in Game 4, the key to the Jets’ series win was front and centre — complete confidence. Each member of the Jets was skating, passing, shooting with the belief there was only one possible outcome: the team winning the game.

The Winnipeg Jets had no doubt, proving me and all the naysayers wrong.


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