The Jets beat the Predators Saturday 6-2 in Nashville to go up in the series 3-2 and tonight will have a chance at advancing to the first conference final in the city's history. "You always hope for more chances, but I thought we did a pretty good job of just shooting the puck", defenseman Roman Josi said.
"The Jets and Predators series has been everything National Hockey League fans expected", says Keith LaBossiere, managing partner and CEO of TDS.
"I think we need to recognize that and understand when we're all on the same page, that's how we can execute on a daily basis".
"We knew they were going to give us their best", Little said. History could be made tonight, this is rarefied air for the Jets, they have never won a second round series... not only in this iteration of the Jets... but in the last one as well.
"That's a championship effort tonight", P.K. Subban said. "I don't want to say surprised".
Not only has he been a strong counter to Nashville by outplaying a group often considered the NHL's best top four defensemen, Byfuglien is leading all defensemen this postseason with four goals. You look at our lineup from our goaltender out, everybody sacrificed their bodies and did what they had to do.
Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson each scored two goals, and Pekka Rinne turned away 34 shots for his fifth career playoff shutout Monday night as the visiting Nashville Predators blanked the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 at Bell MTS Place.
"We've responded incredibly well all year", he said.
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And throughout her ordeal, the youngster has been cheered by listening to her favourite songs by the "Shake It Off" hitmaker. She said: "Her parents came too and they were the sweetest people , and it meant so much to my husband and me as parents".
"I'm not happy to watch it, obviously", smiled Patrik Laine, the young Finn who literally grew up watching Rinne and cheering his every for the Suomi. "They're a good team over there and they came out and played a good game, really good defensive game, and gave us some trouble. So very excited about that". After receiving a pass from Arvidsson, a wide-open Forsberg deftly slipped the puck between his own legs before flipping it over a helpless Connor Hellebuyck in the Winnipeg net.
Even Predators team equipment manager Pete Rogers - who deftly plucked a new stick for Forsberg on the fly to setup the second goal - earned an assist on Monday night.
Filip Forsberg scored twice, linemate Viktor Arvidsson added the other two and Ryan Johansen collected two assists, while captain Roman Josi picked the flawless time to get on the board this series with two assists. The second tough night came in Game 3, another Predators loss, this one coming when the Jets reversed their early fortunes and pounded five goals past Rinne across the final two frames to pick up a victory.
"It's true", Forsberg said. "It's just take one game at a time, one shift at a time, and just believe in each other". And if we restrict it just to recent years, he looks much the same in battling back from a bad start. "Nothing's going to change".
Jets captain Blake Wheeler echoed those sentiments, adding that Byfuglien is a "great equalizer" and unlike anybody else in the National Hockey League.
"It's just one of those things where I don't have a great answer for you", said Jets captain Blake Wheeler, when asked why home ice has meant so little in this series.
It will be the first Game 7 for Winnipeg since the Atlanta Thrashers franchise moved to Manitoba prior to the 2011-12 season. "It's going to be a lot of fun".