Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Economy | By Shawn Conner

Preds force game 7 with "championship effort"

Preds force game 7 with

Rinne played one of his best games of this series against the Jets, after being pulled in the last game at home.

In game five, the Predators made one line-up change as Kevin Fiala returned to the line-up after a one game absence.

The Manitoba capital had never seen its National Hockey League teams - the first incarnation of the Jets or this new version that came to town in 2011 - win a second-round playoff game before this spring, let alone make a conference final.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette switched his lines again, swapping out Scott Hartnell for Kevin Fiala.

The Predators led 2-0 entering the third period of Game 6.

Oh... and Pekka Rinne was outstanding.

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They're on the right side of a trend of punching and counter-punching that has been ongoing all series, they've proven they can win in Nashville and they're still just a win away from reaching the Western Conference final.

The Predators added a handsome goal by Forsberg in the third, as well as an empty net goal to ice the game at 4-0.

Winnipeg tried to push back, but the Predators defense wouldn't bend. While the two players each contributed equally, Forsberg's goals came with a "wow" factor his teammate couldn't match. With AP Photos.Filip Forsberg had two goals and an assist, Pekka Rinne stopped 34 shots for his second shutout of the playoffs, and the Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 to force a decisive Game 7 in their Western Conference semifinal series.

An early goal by Viktor Arvidsson, a tally originally waved off for a high stick but awarded after video review, took the raucous home crowd out of the game little more than a minute into the opening frame, and from there it played out just as the Predators' previous road victory had in Game 4.

The JoFA line played lights out last night for the Predators, which is expected. Calle Jarnkrok also drew in for Nashville on the fourth line with Mike Fisher after sitting out the last three.

Jets coach Paul Maurice is 2-0 in his career in seventh games. Without a doubt, that was the best game for Nashville this series.

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- To move on to their second consecutive conference final, the Predators will have to do something neither team has been able to do in this series so far... win two in a row. Instead, he pointed to the Pittsburgh Penguins, a battle-tested team and two-time defending Stanley Cup champion that was ousted from the playoffs on home ice against the Washington Capitals Monday night.

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The Winnipeg Jets squandered a magnificent opportunity to bury the hatchet on the Nashville Predators once and for all Monday night.

As a result, LaBossiere says, "These relationships only increased the reasons we wanted to engage in a friendly competition between our firms to up the stakes a bit".

"I've just gotta score and all of a sudden we won't talk about that", Stastny said. Patrick Brown's Farmer Insurance Agency in Mt. Juliet... On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked sixth overall and it's successfully defended 82.0 percent of all opponent power plays. Give Pat and his team a call at 615-288-2086. "For you to write a story on the series, you would have to write six different stories".

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