Pekka Rinne making 'no excuses' for poor Game 7

City of Clarksville invites Predators fans to join Game 7 festivities at Wilma Rudolph Event Center Thursday

City of Clarksville invites Predators fans to join Game 7 festivities at Wilma Rudolph Event Center Thursday

The Nashville Predators had the most points in the league this year, but they haven't necessarily played like the best team in the league as they had their struggles with Colorado in the opening round and are now in a game seven with the Winnipeg Jets. they were down 3-2 in the series but had a strong game six as they won by a score of 4-0 to force this game seven.

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The NHL's two best teams during the regular season needing a Game 7 on Thursday night at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., isn't a big surprise.

Who do you think will take a decisive Game 7 and advance to the next round to face the upstart Vegas Golden Knights for the Western Conference Finals?

Game 1 is set for Saturday, May 12 at 6 pm from Bell MTS Place.

"I like it", Hellebuyck said. Then Stastny put a backhander off Rinne and into the net 2:06 later for a 2-0 lead on just seven shots. Obviously biggest moment of the season, it's a bad feeling. "This is whole new level and you've just got to get into the game as much as you can". It's the third time this series Saros has come on in relief. Leading the team in scoring during the postseason has been Mark Scheifele with nine goals and he also leads them in points with 14.

The Jets laced up the skates in Winnipeg on Wednesday in what they hope is just the final practice of their second-round playoff series - and not the season - as they head to Tennessee for Game 7 against the Predators. Blake Wheeler and rookie Kyle Connor each had two assists.

"None of those (wins) in this decade", Maurice said of his flawless Game 7 record in the National Hockey League. "That's tough to swallow".

Defenseman P.K. Subban got the Predators on the board with a power-play goal at 15:54. "I let my teammates down".

Nashville then replaced Rinne with backup Juuse Saros. Defensively, the Nashville Predators are allowing 2.5 goals per game and are killing 81.9 percent of their opponents power plays.

Pekka Rinne is coming off a huge shutout of the offensive dynamo Jets and will be on top of his game.

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. There were plenty of unexpected things in this series, but the top of the list would be Rinne, the likely Vezina Trophy victor, getting pulled three times at home.

Stastny finished with a second goal and an assist.

Arvidsson added an empty netter with 4:02 left in regulation.

"This is what we've worked on the last couple years", he said.

Las Vegas has gone both 4-0 and 4-2 in their first two playoff series.

The Jets have lost the opportunity to finish it in Game 6 as the Predators clobbered them.

Fresher Game 7 pain is courtesy of the Leafs last month when Toronto was up 4-3 on Boston heading into the third period, only to lose 7-4 and depart the post-season in the first round.

And it is, of course, a fool's errand to suggest at the end of a seven-game series that saw the NHL's two best teams clash in the second round that one player deserves more blame than anyone else.

"The first goal is huge". Also of note is how razor-thin the overall separation between the two teams has been, as well as the fact no team has been able win consecutive games in this series.

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