Winnipeg Jets center Paul Stastny, right, celebrates after teammate Tyler Myers, not shown, scored a goal against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, left, of Finland, during the first period in Game 7 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series Thursday, May 10, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.
Hellebuyck then made two big stops before Scheifele made it 3-1 with 2:10 left in the period when he took a feed from Wheeler and wired a shot past Saros. He surrendered two goals on seven shots last night before being yanked just 10:31 minutes into the game.
That's what the young Jets said when they smothered the President's Trophy-winning Nashville Predators on the road in Game 7 to close out a roller-coaster second-round clash of titans.
It has already been determined that the Predators will have to face the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Finals.
The Predators have been a decent offensive team during the postseason as they enter this game ranked 6th in scoring at 3.33 gpg, while also ranking 1st in shots taken (35.8 spg) and 9th in power play conversions, converting on 20.6% of their chances.
"I think it's a different mindset", Johansen said. Jets coach Paul Maurice is 2-0 in such situations, though only seven of his Jets have played in a Game 7. "The biggest moment of the season, it's a awful feeling", he said of his performance. "You can never have more fun than playing these elimination games".
"Two awful goals at the wrong time", Rinne said.
What a moment it was for this franchise, which struggled to find its identity through the first six seasons in Winnipeg, but built through the draft to become the NHL's second-best regular-season team this year. Mark Scheifele scored a pair while Blake Wheeler and Kyle Connor each recorded two assists. Yes, they're an expansion team, but the Golden Knights have proven to everyone that they are no fluke and they played the Jets very well during the regular season, going 2-1. "That's tough to swallow".
P.K. Subban scored the only goal for the Predators, who became the ninth President's Trophy victor in the last 10 years to not win the Stanley Cup.
At that point, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette hooked Rinne for the third time in the series and inserted Juuse Saros. In Game 6, he turned away all 34 shots he faced for his second shutout of the playoffs, while Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson provided the scoring with two goals apiece. In three games at Nashville, the Jets have held a lead for 52.5 percent of the total game time compared to the Predators' 15.6 percent. Stastny, an outstanding trade deadline pick up by Kevin Cheveldayoff, now has four goals and four assists in four career Game 7s. Nobody has reflected the roller-coaster ride of the Western Conference semifinal between the NHL's top two teams in the regular season than their Vezina Trophy finalists in goal.
"This is what we've worked on the last couple years", he said. They know what it's like to win tough games as they showed that all a year ago during the playoffs. Both are 2-1 on the road in the series, so one could say that the Predators have home-ice disadvantage for a win-or-die showdown. This incarnation moved to town from Atlanta in 2011, but was beaten in four straight by Anaheim in 2011 in its only other playoff appearance. The Predators should win this game. The Winnipeg Jets have allowed two or less goals in seven of their last 11 games.