Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
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Nashville Predators Win Game 6 to Stay Alive in Playoffs

Nashville Predators Win Game 6 to Stay Alive in Playoffs

"It doesn't make any sense", Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice said on Tuesday. Now the 33-year-old veteran has Canada's last surviving team this postseason one win away from Winnipeg's first berth in the Western Conference final. Then Pekka Rinne, with an.898 playoff saves percentage that belied his status as a Vezina candidate, comes out the size of a castle door in Game 6, shutting out the Jets 4-0.

"We've taken two out of three (there) so far", he said. "What happened previous, 10, 11 playoff games doesn't matter". Coming into Monday's game with a.898 save percentage and a 3.22 goals against average, the Nashville netminder was hoping to put up a bounce-back performance, from his six-goal game five showing at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday evening. "I know this: I know that [the] Pittsburgh [Penguins] lost tonight". "The bottom line is team success".

Predators left-winger Filip Forsberg added a pair of goals, including a highlight-reel between the legs special in the third period that put the game out of reach and Arvidsson's empty-netter round out the scoring.

Forsberg led the Predators with 64 points helping Nashville win the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy during the regular season. "I think every game is really tight".

Although you could make the argument they deserve to be.

"When there's nerves, there's not as much of that. It brings out the best, I think".

Scheifele and Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and an assist each for Winnipeg, while Stastny and Mathieu Perreault also scored. Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each had two assists. Winnipeg fired 15 shots on Rinne, but had no answer. "They're not going to take penalties on us, but we just want to be disturbing, be a pest and get all over them and hopefully our line can chip in for a couple tonight".

"You knew us and Nashville were probably going to run at each other", said centre Paul Stastny, one of just a handful of Jets to play in multiple Game 7s. Over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Nashville.

The Predators' stick maestro stopped the puck with his stick on his left.

With the postseason that Forsberg is having, Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne can't settle on the best goal he's seen from his teammate.

But Connor restored Winnipeg's lead 1:22 later when he popped a loose puck upstairs off a scramble in front after some good work from Scheifele. I switched to them a few years back and their service has been incredible! They had three power plays in the first period and failed to convert.

The Preds won 2-1 in Game 4, the Jets 6-2 in Game 5 and the Preds again 4-0 in Game 6. "An important part of being a good pro is just turning that page - good and bad - and getting onto the next day". "I'm not talking about play hard, skate hard". "You don't want to be scared of the situation or be scared of the pressure". There's a certain freedom. The Jets battled the puck and fought bounces all game long. "So the rest of your game has a tendency to slide a little bit".

This time Forsberg stayed on his skates, but this goal showed his incredible ability to control the puck, which it seemed as if he had it on a string at times.

Notes: Rinne was also pulled in Game 1. He never played a game for the Capitals before being traded April 3, 2013, to Nashville in exchange for Martin Erat and Martin Latta.

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