In last season's Stanley Cup Finals, Subban guaranteed a win after the Predators lost the first two games to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Three tallies made up the difference between the two teams' goal differentials. The Jets outshot the Predators 9-7 in the period but trailed by two going to the third period.
With Winnipeg being shutout for the first time in the playoffs, it sets the stage for a dramatic Game 7 in Smashville. "For you to write a story on the series, you would have to write six different stories". Now the biggest game of the year will be on Thursday as the series shifts back to Nashville. The Jets have won two games on the road.
The Winnipeg Jets have the President's Trophy winners on the ropes and can move into the Western Conference finals with a victory on home ice Monday night in Game 6. "We're going to need to have one more".
Roseau's Dustin Byfuglien, who is the NHL's top scoring defenseman in the playoffs with 12 points in 11 games, played a game-high 25 minutes, 40 seconds on Monday, but was held without a point and registered a minus-2.
It will be a decidedly less comfortable environment for Game 7 in Bridgestone Arena.
It seemed like the Nashville club decided the best way to stop the Jets was to hit them before they get their engines started, and it seemed to work.
It nearly wasn't that way, though. The Predators will likely keep the same line-up in tact hoping to push the series to a game seven.
The Predators added a attractive goal by Forsberg in the third, as well as an empty net goal to ice the game at 4-0. Nashville took a methodical approach, clogging the neutral zone and snuffing out Winnipeg's speed game.
"We've got to find a way to beat that". The town is just 115 miles as the crow flies from where he grew up in Roseau, Minnesota.
Not that Winnipeg didn't come close.
If you had told coach Paul Maurice and Peter Laviolette on April 27 at the beginning of this second-round slugfest that the Jets and Predators would be knotted at three games apiece, they would have said: "Duh".
"If you score on the first power play, you feel good", Stastny said.
Scott Hartnell says there's "no secret" to what he will try to bring if called upon with his Nashville Predators facing elimination against the Winnipeg Jets. "We just weren't moving as well, weren't as sharp as we wanted to be". Two really good teams battling really hard.
The deep and talented Lightning reached the NHL's Eastern Conference Final for third time in four years. "Pretty good team. They've learned all those lessons you're supposed to learn - killer instinct, all the words that will come out today that we didn't get, and they lost".
The next test for the Jets, however, will be preparing for a brand-new experience.
The all important, victor take all game seven is scheduled for Thursday in Nashville. Game 7 will be played on Thursday night in Nashville. More great hockey for us!
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"I think the powerplay is probably just a microcosm of the way we played".
The NHL returned to Winnipeg in 2011 when the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to the Manitoba capital, but the new Jets' first foray into the playoffs in 2015 also resulted in a four-game ouster in the first round at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks.
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