Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Deadlocked Jets, Predators excel at stopping opponents' strengths

Deadlocked Jets, Predators excel at stopping opponents' strengths

The line that dominated Winnipeg Sunday night was the line that should give the Jets a hard time.

Kevin Fiala's backhander at 5:37 of the second overtime Sunday night lifted the Nashville Predators to a 5-4 win over the visiting Winnipeg Jets and tied the teams' second-round Western Conference playoff series at one game apiece.

"We have to just look at this game and find the positives and move on - obviously easier said than done - and get ready for Game 4".

My hockey fandom has taken many shapes in the last several years.

Fiala also played the hero in the 2017 postseason, scoring the victor in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Byfuglien, who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and brought it to Roseau to celebrate, told the young Jets team to embrace this opportunity in the playoffs before they started. Combined with his points in Winnipeg's five-game first-round series victory over Minnesota, the 25-year-old has 10 points in seven games.

"I'm not going to comment on the officiating, but I'm standing at the faceoff, I get a shot in the back of the head five times or a shot in the shoulder and I've just got my stick on the ice", Subban said.

"We have character", he said to NBC's Brian Boucher. "We've done it before, we have big belief in our group and what we can do".

Nashville blew a 3-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes to trail 4-3 through two periods, but tied it 4-4 at 7:40 of the third when Forsberg wheeled across the top of the slot on the power play to beat Hellebuyck upstairs with his fifth goal of the playoffs after Winnipeg's Patrik Laine hit the post. Scheifele missed a total of 22 games, but still racked up 23 goals and 60 points in 60 games.

Winnipeg's Jacob Trouba shoots and scores past Nashville goaltender Pekke Rinne in the Jets' 7-4 win on Tuesday.

Ryan Johansen scored on Nashville's first shot just 27 seconds in from directly in front of the goal. Brandon Tanev scored for the home team again with 30.7 seconds left, for a final margin of 7-4. That set the stage for Scheifele to send the game into extra time, something Nashville players were prepared for. "It's real, too", Wheeler said. The Jets continued their domination of four-on-four play in this series when Dustin Byfuglien's bomb found the back of the net to make it 3-2.

In a series between two of the NHL's top regular season teams that looks poised to go the distance, the details are going to be huge.

Forward Mathieu Perreault skates on home ice at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Monday. The Predators are 6-1 in their last seven games on Tuesdays.

It was Fiala's second overtime goal since last last season.

After missing on a number of earlier chances, the Jets captain connected on a rebound off Mark Scheifele's shot from a tight angle for his second of the postseason.

Turns out that plugging Sorensen into the lineup for the post-season was the right call, too. "My thought was it was 100% a goal", Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said, "that's how we saw it". That makes absolutely no sense to me.

"You know, I wonder if I do that, what happens?" A couple minutes later, he made a big pad save on a shot by Kyle Connor and then gloved a shot from Byflugien. Byfuglien even did a little dance after he scored the go-ahead goal - his second goal of the game.

Arvidsson gave Nashville a 3-2 lead with a slap shot from the right circle at 18:41 of the second. A 3-0 deficit had been reduced to none and an arena full of fans were waving towels and taunting the Nashville netminder.

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