The Jets saw their 13-game home winning streak snapped Thursday in game four, and now must regroup for game five back in Nashville. "We're going to have to go in there, we're going to have to play well and we're going to have to win a hockey game".
A massive whiteout pep rally is sure to precede the contest at the rink near the intersection of Portage and Main. Rinne was his controlled self, even taking a punch from Andrew Copp that should've drawn a penalty, instead of the stern talking to the Jets forward received. The Predators trail this best-of-seven series 3-2. The Jets will bounce back fom their home loss and win Game 5 by a score of 6-4, with goals from Laine, Tanev and Scheifele, among others. After a rough Game 3 in which he surrendered five goals on 43 shots, good for a.884 save percentage, Rinne stopped all but one of the 33 shots fired his way in Game 4.
Connor put them up for good by flipping a puck over Rinne from the left side with 7:30 left. Their next goal came from Dustin Byfuglien during a four-on-four. "We're absolutely going to win tonight", Sheila Hathaway said before Thursday's game. Connor's backhand feed into the slot set up Mark Scheifele for his ninth playoff goal. Mathieu Perreault, returning from an injury that had kept him out of all but one postseason game, closed out the scoring. Rinne showed that he is in there to stay, as he made a insane save to keep the Predators in the game.
The Jets, who were the NHL's best home team during the regular season, last fell at home on February 27 against the same Nashville Predators, who were the NHL's best road team during the regular season. Winnipeg was next with 114. "This game, we paid attention to all of them for a full 60". They can't afford to go home to Bridgestone Arena down 3-1 in the series. We can't be afraid to make mistakes. The cacophony only grows once hostilities between the Predators and the Jets begin for real.
They will also need to find a way to beat that at least once in Smashville now.
Rinne would have rather played Game 2 on Saturday rather than waiting until Sunday. Underwood was in the building, watching from a luxury box and rooting for her husband, to no avail. Teams that go deep in the playoffs get big contributions from different players every night and Connor finally stepped up to the plate.
Captain Blake Wheeler basically promised a bounce back from his team and you have to think he knew they would deliver, given how well they have responded in games after losses this season (21-5-4).
The Predators tied it at 11:08 when Weber jumped on a turnover and moved in on an odd-man rush before roofing a shot past Hellebuyck's glove for the defenceman's first playoff goal since 2011. In the regular season, he chipped in with 17 goals and 27 assists in 70 games.
The Predators have to be hoping that Kyle Turris breaks out of his post season slump. As the period continued, they began penetrating the Jets' defence and getting - but flubbing - more chances. Connor Hellebuyck made 26 stops.
The best scoring chance for the Jets was long gone in the rear view mirror by then.
It was the first time that Winnipeg has lost at home since February.
More than anything, it was how the Jets won Game 3 that sent that confidence soaring. "The greater cost goes beyond being physical".
In a matchup in which both Laviolette and Paul Maurice promised to dictate and impose their team's own identity on the opponent, Laviolette and the Predators blinked first.