Subban leads Predators to playoff win over Jets

04 May, 2018, 14:27 | Author: Judy Cobb
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The Nashville Predators forward potted the victor against the Jets in Game 2, taking a feed from Craig Smith, drawing goalie Connor Hellebuyck to the side and dancing around him to deposit the puck at 5:37 of the second overtime period for the 5-4 win that evens their second-round series.

Two games into the series between the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets, and it's already living up to the hype that we all had built up for it. Winnipeg is 4-0 in its last four games on Tuesdays. The Jets have not lost at home since Nashville beat them 6-5 on February 27 - that's 13 straight wins.

"We can be upset for 10 minutes and then after that, we've got to get our rest and then get ready for Tuesday". Luckily, the game started early enough that most of us were awake when the Preds celebrated their win. He's just been a flawless fit for the Jets and Kevin Cheveldayoff's shrewd move is paying off in spades ...

The onslaught could've been on right then, but the Predators fought back in the third period with a attractive power play wrister from Filip Forsberg that tied the game with 12:20 to go.

Dustin Byfuglien and Brandon Tanev also found the scoring column for the Jets with Scheifele adding an assist while Byfulgien logged a pair of helpers.

The Predators have also held Patrik Laine to just one even-strength point so far this series. Paul Martin, with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014, was the last National Hockey League player to do that.

Nashville sniper Filip Forsberg tied the game at 4-4 in the third period, but Jets captain Blake Wheeler went on to score the game winning goal on the powerplay with 4:49 remaining in the game and with Subban in the penalty box. "The momentum swings in playoffs, they can be deadly and they did a great job with climbing back in the game".

It was a good tilt and it got the crowd going but why would Jacob Trouba want to fight a guy like Nick Bonino less than two minutes into the third period with the Jets ahead by just one goal?

Averaging 28.4 saves per game with a.925 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (47-20-4) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this season.

Until that time, the Jets are getting offense from everyone, most notably Mark Scheifele, who had two assists tonight and has eight goals in these playoffs. Head coach of Nashville, Peter Laviolette was upset with several calls in the period. "I really had no clue what happened". The puck bounced off Paul Stastny's skate and into the back of the net so quickly that officials didn't see it.

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Subban leads Predators to playoff win over Jets

"He stops and turns and I'm kind of right there as (Ovechkin) is coming in pretty aggressively", Wilson said. "This is a tough building". Both were big goals, too.

Johansen scored the game's first goal just 27 seconds into the opening period.

The Predators probably felt like they were throwing away their shots against Hellebuyck on Friday.

The Jets tied it with two goals in 18 seconds.

The victory gives the Jets a 2-1 lead in the best-of -seven second round series.

"We totally leave him alone in terms of his decisions with what he does on the offensive side of the puck, but he seems to have shifted now in some of the situations to be a shooter, too".

The Jets trailed 3-0 after one period before scoring the only four goals of the second period.

The Predators silenced Winnipeg's fans just 4:53 in Tuesday when Fisher poked a loose puck over the goal line for his first of the playoffs after Hellebuyck couldn't squeeze Ryan Hartman's tip of Ekholm's shot from the sideboards.

Expect another fast-paced, back and forth game from the Jets and the Preds.



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