Jets one win away from conference final following decisive victory in Nashville

Jets one win away from conference final following decisive victory in Nashville

Jets one win away from conference final following decisive victory in Nashville

I kept expecting someone to rip their Preds sweater off and reveal the New Jersey Devils circa 1996 jersey underneath. Action was controlled by the Predators poke checks in the neutral zone and denying passing all game. This best-of-seven is now all square at's a best of three now, with Nashville potentially hosting two of them.

"If you have been in enough playoff games, you know there is nothing safe", Laviolette said.

Game 6 is set for Winnipeg on Monday.

Many in Smashville will be dressed in Subban jerseys.

Oh... that and Pekka Rinne.

The Predators are 0-4 in their last four games following a win. Rinne then made his exit as the Predators stunned crowd sat in near silence. No call was made and Rinne did not retaliate this time. The team followed that lead... But we were much more efficient in how we moved (in Game 3).

Winnipeg appeared to gain traction about five minutes into the second period, initiating the scoring when Patrik Laine's blast from the left circle hit off Paul Stastny's hand and found the net at 7:44. The Jets will bounce back fom their home loss and win Game 5 by a score of 6-4, with goals from Laine, Tanev and Scheifele, among others.

Given how this one played out, though, with the Jets running amok blasting four goals past Vezina Trophy favorite Pekka Rinne in the second period to blow open a scoreless game, this series has the feel of one that has turned the corner. Their backs against the wall, staring at a possible 3-1 deficit should they lose, Game 4 was certainly a "must win" for the Predators.

And there was much rejoicing...

Incensed by a suggestion from Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler that the Predators pipe in noise to make their arena louder, their fans tried from the start to outdo their whiteout-loving counterparts in Winnipeg.

For Winnipeg, they have to be concerned about blown opportunities. As the period continued, they began penetrating the Jets' defence and getting - but flubbing - more chances.

Jets one win away from conference final following decisive victory in Nashville
Jets one win away from conference final following decisive victory in Nashville

It's all possible following a decisive win by the Jets Saturday night in Nashville. Kyle Connor scored his second goal of the night at 17:01 of the second frame and suddenly Winnipeg had a three goal lead at 4-1. That is something for the Jets to hold on to... and something for Nashville to be concerned about. The Predators have gone 28-18 on the road this year and they have averaged 3.04 gpg and have allowed 2.50 gpg in those games. You saw that when you initiate with the Jets, it has an impact. The Jets are 22-23 SU as a road team this season. The power play actually featured some crisp passing and good movement, looking better than it has all series. It was a back and forth game and this time it was in the favor of the Preds. Hartnell stepped in for Kevin Fiala, who scored in double overtime for Nashville in Game 2. The Stanley Cup playoffs come at you fast.

"I'm sad. I wish they won", she said.

- Scott Hartnell's presence was felt last night, especially knocking Dustin Byfuglien off his game. One game, he'll be hooked. Players were losing edges and falling all over the place.

Winnipeg knows that a lot of Nashville's offence is generated by the play of top defencemen P.K. Subban, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and Roman Josi.

"These are two good teams going at it".

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"They will get the puck off their stick very, very quickly", Maurice said. Our co-hosts, Dan Keczmer and JP Dumont bring a true insiders perspective to the show.

"Not for a second did we come into this thinking we would breeze through it", he said.

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