Winnipeg Jets move closer to Western Conference Final

Steve Babineau  NHLI via Getty Images

Steve Babineau NHLI via Getty Images

"Not a lick", Wheeler said.

The Jets have plenty of offensive talent as well and many people point to that as an advantage for them in tight games in this series. I was in a situation like that a couple of years ago when we played Chicago.

On the other hand, the Predators beat the Jets 2-1 the last time they played in Winnipeg. Three tallies made up the difference between the two teams' goal differentials. There have been an very bad lot of seven-game series that have happened in the history of the National Hockey League, and somebody was up 3-2 in every single one of them. The second of those two goals looked like this.

The Nashville Predators, however, will have something to say about that.

Unbelievable. In a league full of young talent, 23-year old Forsberg often gets overlooked.

The Jets were disciplined and took only one minor penalty, but their vaunted power play finished the contest zero-for-four. "We're going to go to Winnipeg, we're going to win a game and we're going to come back here (to Nashville)".

The Jets will play the first Game 7 in the history of the franchise, which began as the Atlanta Thrashers in 1999.

"We don't change anything", Wheeler said in a quiet Winnipeg locker room following Thursday's defeat.

His first goal was all about determination. "It is probably right for it to end this way".

Nashville Predators defenceman Mattias Ekholm chases after the puck against Winnipeg Jets left wing Kyle Connor during Game 6 of their second-round series on Monday. "It's gonna be a hell of a game".

Both Arvidsson and Forsberg collected two goals and an assist to pace the Predators' attack.

Meanwhile, Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne - who had been pulled in two of the first five games of this series - saved his best of the playoffs for when the chips were down.

The Jets took a huge step towards meeting Vegas on Saturday night when they put four goals past Pekka Rinne in the second period, ultimately chasing the odds-on favorite for the Vezina Trophy in what became a 6-2 victory.

"It wasn't like we snuck away with one or weaselled a game out or whatever you want to call it", Johansen said. Back-up Juuse Saros stopped all six of the shots he faced in the game.

Still, for as strong as Rinne and the Preds played, it was hard - if not impossible - to view the Jets' loss as anything other than an opportunity missed. 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. "We've just got to enjoy it, embrace it". He had to come to the bench, he had to wait for the puck, he had to stay onsides, had to block off a defender and had to get himself moving all in one motion while protecting the puck. "Nothing's gone. We had a chance today and we couldn't take it". But they definitely weren't themselves.

Byfuglien had dominated his team's 7-4 victory in Game 3, but had his quietest night of the series.

"I don't know about that", Maurice responded.

"I guess if you've been in enough series ... you know that there's nothing safe, there's nothing given", Nashville head coach Peter Laviolette said.

"Any time he's on the ice, it's unsafe", Little said.

Nashville won that Game 6 against Anaheim and then was tasked with winning another elimination game just a week or so later.

Monday night the upstart Winnipeg Jets and long-frustrated Washington Capitals will try to advance in the bracket as well. The Mayhem in Manitoba was quelled.

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