Nasvhillle Predators down Winnipeg Jets to even series 2-2

  • Nasvhillle Predators down Winnipeg Jets to even series 2-2

Nasvhillle Predators down Winnipeg Jets to even series 2-2

Jakub Vrana scored the go-ahead goal with 4:38 remaining, Braden Holtby made 35 saves and the Washington Capitals beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 in Game 5 Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in the second-round series and put the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions on the brink of elimination.

Let that sink if for a moment, Winnipeg. But back with his old running mates, Connor broke out, recorded three points, perhaps none of them more impressive than his assist.

Subban tallied his third of the series on the power play at 14:36 of the second period.

The rookie forward connected again less than five minutes later when Wheeler found him sneaking down in the slot, putting a backhand pass on his tape and leaving little chance for Pekka Rinne.

Mark Scheifele came to Wheeler's defense to nullify what would have been a Winnipeg power play, but the Jets made it 3-2 when Byfuglien blasted his second of the playoffs past Rinne at 5:11.

The anticipation level for that one over the next 36 hours or so is going to be off the charts.

The fans tried to stick it to Wheeler for making the suggestion that crowd noise is pumped in at Bridgestone Arena. By winning last night, home-ice advantage favors the Predators.

"Hello from the loudest arena in the National Hockey League", he said. "They're a good line".

They were pretty loud for a while in this game.

At one point in the third period, you could hear a lone voice yelling, "Here we go Je-ets, here we go", but no one else chimed in and the solo singer ended his act.

At the beginning, the game was more like Thursday's tightly played contest than the freewheeling affairs that preceded it. Just when you think you have figured out what to expect from these two teams, it goes from boring to bonkers in a flash ...

"I'm sad. I wish they won", she said. They were lucky to escape the period tied 0-0, as Hellebuyck stopped everything, including four high-danger scoring chances. Brandon Tanev also scored with Rinne on the bench in the game's final minute. "I just keep playing my game and keep doing the things I've always done". The Jets will be going for the knockout punch in this one and will rely on their offense to get the job done and we note that they have averaged 3.83 gpg here at home for the year, including 4.00 gpg at home in the playoffs this year.

He is proving that you do not have to be huge to be a pest and be effective in front of the goalie. The first goal came from a deflection right by the net by Paul Stastny. You're not getting too wound up, you're not forcing a lot of things. Perreault showed well in his first game back from a shoulder injury, sustained in the first game of the playoffs.

"On the road, normally you get a real good chance to play your game". Scoring in the game five loss was Yannick Weber, which was his 1st of the playoffs and Ryan Johansen, which was his 5th.

"They're going to get mean mad".

Game 5 will be Saturday in Nashville, with Game 6 set for Winnipeg on Monday.

The night began with a botched national anthem by country artists Lady Antebellum.

The Preds know the recipe to beating the Jets, but just like singing the anthem it's easier said than done. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck had 27 saves in a hard-luck loss. "So, we're just (going to) go with we were in the zone".

Pat Sajak of Wheel of Fortune fame and figure skating great Scott Hamilton joined the Small Time Rock Stars on stage to sing Hey Jude between the second and third periods. I know that they believe in each other.