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Anaheim's Emerson Etem scored one of the nicest goals of the post-season Wednesday night. Less than two minutes after Winnipeg had scored to take a 1-0 lead, Etem put an incredible move on Winnipeg's Jacob Trouba and buried a perfect backhand
The story of the first-round series between the Jets and Ducks has been that as soon as Winnipeg gets a lead, it seems Anaheim comes right back and ties it up. None of the Ducks' game-tying tallies through three games have been quite as nice as Emerson Etem's, though.
After Bryan Little gave Winnipeg a 1-0 lead, not even two minutes had passed when Etem came streaking back up ice with Jacob Trouba defending him. Trouba was attempting to force Etem to the outside, but when the Jets defenseman attempted to make a move at the puck, he was beaten by an outstanding deke by Etem who then shifted the puck to his backhand and sent a drifting backhander into the top corner:
Etem only played in 45 games during the regular season, bouncing back and forth between the AHL's Norfolk Admirals and the Ducks. In the big league, Etem mustered five goals and 10 points, so it's not likely Trouba saw Etem barrelling down on him and was concerned he was the greatest offensive threat. Trouba likely wishes he had the chance to rethink that decision, however.
Etem's tally was his first point of the series and the first time he's found the score sheet in the post-season since the 2012-13 playoffs when Anaheim was eliminated in seven games.