Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Jets rout Preds 6-2, grab 3-2 West semifinal lead

Jets rout Preds 6-2, grab 3-2 West semifinal lead

But they also know the Predators won't go quietly.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre.

The Predators and Jets finished with the two best records during the regular season - Nashville had 117 points to win its first Presidents' Trophy, while Winnipeg was right behind with 114 points.

"People should still make sure they're taking precautions today and stay hydrated", he said, adding fans should come early to ensure they get a good viewing spot.

Although Jets head coach Paul Maurice didn't end up needing to change his lineup, he did send a message by keeping Nikolaj Ehlers on the fourth line with Little and Joel Armia.

Forsberg scored his first goal, which made it 2-0 in the second, while falling down. "Just another learning experience for us and you grow from it". The Predators fought off six minutes of penalties in the first period alone. It's odd for me to see him talking to you guys in front of the camera.

"The energy of Jets fans so far, we've all seen it, and I think that you're going to see it in a really big way tonight", said Economic Development Winnipeg spokesperson Matt Schaubroeck. Back-up Juuse Saros stopped all six of the shots he faced in the game.

Maurice described it best when he said: "We spent an bad lot of time in their end without a whole lot happening for us".

And what fabulous playoff hockey it has been, a series that has given us a new level of play by a different set of players every time out.

His journey back to the postseason has been a long one, but the 33-year-old Byfuglien has made Winnipeg his home and is a key reason the Jets are Canada's last surviving team this postseason.

"We've got to find a way to beat that". Patrik Laine said. "And I think everybody's got to realize that now".

The victor moves on and the loser goes home to ponder what might have been.

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"Not a lick", Wheeler said. He's also tied with Boston's Torey Krug for most points with 12 while skating an average of 26 minutes, 25 seconds a game.

Referee Wes McCauley initially waved off the goal that bounced past Hellebuyck for high-sticking, but it was determined after video review that Arvidsson's stick was below the crossbar on the tip. Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each had two assists. Rinne is rock-solid coming off of losses though, where he is 5-0 in these playoffs (10-2 coming of losses in the last two playoff years).

The Predators had plenty of great scoring chances while outshooting the Jets 11-7.

Nashville extended their lead 5:55 into the final frame. While the two players each contributed equally, Forsberg's goals came with a "wow" factor his teammate couldn't match.

That was not the only impressive goal the Predators winger scored in the contest.

Tucker Poolman, Matt Hendricks, Jack Roslovic, Shawn Matthias, Marko Dano, Joe Morrow and Michael Hutchinson were all healthy scratches for Winnipeg.

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