Nashville came out flying in overtime, playing with the kind of desperation they had to have in order to even this series up.
Game 3 is Tuesday at Winnipeg. Kevin Fiala’s goal in overtime tied the series at 1 game a piece.
If ever this young Jets team was going to wilt under the pressure, you would have thought it might have been down here the last couple games, up against the league’s best in a very hard building in which to play and with the gaze of an entire country now on them since the Toronto Maple Leafs were eliminated and the Jets became Canada’s team.
The Predators came on strong in overtime only to be pushed back by the goaltending of the Jets’ Connor Hellebuyck, who had been a little off-form in regulation time.
Hellebuyck made 36 saves while Rinne stopped 46 shots.
Subban had one goal and one assist for two points as the Predators beat the Jets 5-4 in double overtime.
“Huge game for us to tie it up and 1-1 is very big for us”, Fiala told reporters.
With all of that important details taken care of, it was a pretty chaotic path to get us to the end result.
But before Fiala delivered the knockout blow in this back-and-forth outing, the Jets and Predators clashed to give us a classic. P.K. Subban scored the other goal for Nashville. Having Austin Watson for a full game certainly helped, as did the play of Ryan Hartman. His playoff run was later cut short following a broken femur, but Nashville knew the 21-year-old Swiss forward would be a big part of this season’s Stanley Cup hopes. But the commissioner and his advisors love their brackets and division rivalries to market the game, so we may as well continue to enjoy what the rest of a series – that’s already yielded a whopping 20 goals through two games – has to offer.
The start was unfamiliar start for the Jets.
It was about an hour before puck drop Sunday when a large group of Jets fans took over Tootsies bar on Broadway. They were able to get 48 shots on goal during Game 1, but were only able to get one goal past Connor Hellebuyck.
Brian Dumoulin – The Penguins defenceman took a shoulder in the head from Capitals winger Tom Wilson and was forced to leave Game Two.
“They’re a good team as well”, Laviolette said. “But you have to produce as well”. Johansen scored 27 seconds in on Nashville’s first shot and a 1-0 lead, snapping Winnipeg’s streak of 10 straight games scoring the first goal with the Jets going 9-1-0 in that stretch dating back to the regular season. After the Predators killed off the power play, Winnipeg tilted the ice, resulting in Brandon Tanev scoring his second of the series, tying the game at three. There’s no question he’s one of the strongest and fiercest players in the league and when he’s defending his teammates he can be a monster …
By the time the second period was over, each side took three minor penalties but it was the Jets who again were taking the worst ones.