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Jets' home-crowd advantage on display vs. Pens

Posted on: October 17, 2011 11:38 pm
Edited on: October 18, 2011 12:19 pm
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By Brian Stubits

Is there any doubt what kind of home-ice advantage the Jets will have in Winnipeg? There shouldn't be.

The only thing left for the Jets 2.0 to accomplish was a win, and they got it in Game No. 4 on Monday night back in the 'Peg. Before some fans were even in their seats, Kyle Wellwood tied a franchise record by scoring eight seconds into the game. The Hangar went nuts.

You'd think it was the Stanley Cup Finals with that kind of reaction.

But the sight of the night across the NHL on Monday will be the final minute in Winnipeg. It looked like every fan in the arena stuck around until the final seconds ticked off, and the place went nuts.

Watching on television, it looked awfully similar to the final few seconds of the Miracle on Ice in Lake Placid. Fans all standing, cheering their lungs out.

Former NHLer Bob Errey, doing color commentary for the Penguins' telecast, remarked in amazement that the MTS Centre was "as loud an arena as I've ever heard in the NHL. Unbelievable."

That's quite a difference from the last time the Penguins saw this team, the final NHL game played in Atlanta last spring. That's not meant to shovel any more dirt on the Atlanta hockey grave, right now the atmosphere in Winnipeg is putting every other city to shame.

Just wait until the Jets get good.

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Comments

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:35 pm
 

Big Fan of the move back to Winnipeg....

...Quebec will be back soon.  The most under-reported part of this whole attendance issue is that When you get 14k fans a game @ $70 a ticket, that is better than 17k fans a game at 20 bucks a tickets.  I call it the ATLANTA FALCONS theory.  They Never ever ever ever sold out.  Then they offered season tickets for 199 bucks a year. (around 2002 or 2003).  Now the FALCONS sell out every game.   Why?  IF you have 200 bucks----you buy tickets.  
 



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:30 am
 

Jets' home-crowd advantage on display vs. Pens

NHL center Ice package is free right now for Comcast subsricbers so I was able to watch the game. Crowd was great and had a playoff atmosphere.

I wonder if the league will suspend Letang for his boarding or Kunitz for high high sticking in the 3rd period?


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