After Winnipeg stole the aforementioned series opener on the road, the Predators and Jets traded victories on through Game 6, which has us arriving at the seventh game.
Game 7 goes Thursday in Nashville, with the victor taking on the expansion Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference final. Rinne was excellent in a 2-1 victory in Game 4 that was also in Winnipeg, only to return home to Nashville and give up six goals in the Game 5 loss.
"The power play is probably just a microcosm of the way we played", Winnipeg center Paul Stastny said. "The biggest moment of the season, it's a bad feeling", he said of his performance. "When you don't have a lot of experience, you also don't have a lot of experience losing games like this, so you don't know what that feeling is like and you don't know how hard it is to get to these games and you don't know the feeling of disappointment after losing them". Kyle Connor was having a awful time controlling the puck as he came into the offensive zone and he eventually lost it right to Blake Wheeler who immediately fed Scheifele for a pretty one-timer. He's up to six goals and 14 points in 12 playoff contests.
The Predators and Jets finished the regular season with the two best records in the NHL - Nashville won its first Presidents' Trophy with 117 points, while Winnipeg was right behind with 114. Blake Wheeler and rookie Kyle Connor each had two assists.
The men on this team aren't only playing for pride and to prove themselves, they are also playing to bring home a trophy to a heartbroken town. It was Subban's fourth power-play goal in the series. "You let your teammates down, and that's what happened tonight".
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Nashville coach Peter Laviolette didn't hesitate and pulled Rinne for Juuse Saros, trying to snap the Predators out of a slow start while saving his timeout.
The Power-play shows a similar story, as the division rivals are only separated by a single shot on-goal (Nashville 22 - Winnipeg 21), and the same holds true for power-play goals (Nashville 4 - Winnipeg 3).
Pekka Rinne is coming off a huge shutout of the offensive dynamo Jets and will be on top of his game. This series has gone back and forth with neither side winning back to back games.
These teams combined for 231 points in the regular season, making this series the two best teams on points ever to meet in a series before a conference final.
The Jets are the third team in as many seasons to win three times on the road in one playoff series.
The Sharks scored four goals in the span of nine minutes in the second period.
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Except. this is Game 7.
"Ever since I started playing hockey, I was five years old, you put yourself in that position where you play a Game 7 in the playoffs", Jets forward Mathieu Perrault said.
"We're one step closer to where we want to be", centre Paul Stastny said.
The Predators looked great in Game 6, but they haven' been able to show consistency and string wins together lately. The Predators won twice at Bell MTS Place, the league's toughest rink for visitors, including 4-0 on Monday night in Game 6.
The Jets failed to reach the playoffs in each of the past two years, and were listed in Las Vegas as a 40-1 long-shot to win the Stanley Cup this season.
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