NASHVILLE — Winnipeg played a improved game, though a outcome they preferred didn’t follow.
Kevin Fiala scored during 5:37 of a second overtime to give a Nashville Predators a 5-4 feat over a Jets in Game 2 Sunday, dusk their Western Conference semifinal array during one diversion apiece.
The array shifts to Winnipeg subsequent week for Games 3 and 4. The Jets won Game 1 on Friday in Nashville 4-1.
“It’s a sucky approach to lose, though we played a improved diversion tonight than we did on Friday,” pronounced Winnipeg brazen Mark Scheifele, who scored twice and combined an support to lead a Jets offence. “That’s a positive.
“We can be dissapoint for 10 mins and afterwards after that, we’ve got to get a rest and afterwards get prepared for Tuesday.”
In a second additional frame, Craig Smith carried a puck into a Winnipeg section on a right side. He sent a urn pass to Fiala skating by a slot, where he kick Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck with a backhand.
“I saw 2-against-1, me and Smitty,” Fiala said. “Great play by Kyle (Turris) to chip it (forward). we was only anticipating for a pass from him. He saw me, we only done a pierce and buried it.”
Ryan Johansen scored twice for Nashville and Viktor Arvidsson and P.K. Subban had one idea each.
Dustin Byfuglien had a idea and an support and Brandon Tanev also scored for a Jets.
Scheifele has posted mixed points in 4 uninterrupted playoff games. Paul Martin, with a Pittsburgh Penguins in 2014, was a final NHL actor to do that.
With Nashville adult a idea late in a third, and Hellebuyck pulled for an additional attacker, Scheifele’s one-timer from a left round kick Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne on a brief side to tie a diversion and send it to overtime. Earlier in a shift, Scheifele had a good demeanour from a container though rang a left post with his shot.
“It’s an critical routine for us to go by carrying mislaid an overtime game,” Jets manager Paul Maurice said. “Now we’ve got to miscarry since all of a tension that goes into restraining it late, feeling good about that, losing in double overtime, now you’ve got to rebound.”
Hellebuyck done 36 saves while Rinne stopped 46 shots.
The Jets had a formidable time containing Nashville’s tip line of Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Arvidsson, that accounted for 8 points in a game.
“They were awesome,” Predators manager Peter Laviolette said. “Talking with them yesterday, we consider we could clarity that they wanted a small bit more.”
Despite a loss, Jets centre Paul Stastny pronounced earning a separate in Nashville is a certain for a Jets.
“That’s a approach we demeanour during it,” he said. “This is a tough building. They always play good here. So to come out with a separate is big. We do all we can to redeem and get prepared for a subsequent one.”
Johansen scored a game’s initial idea only 27 seconds into a opening period. With fans inside Bridgestone Arena still buzzing from Carrie Underwood’s delivery of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Forsberg found Johansen in a slot, where he dismissed a wrist shot high to Hellebuyck’s glove side.
Winnipeg had scored initial in any of a initial 6 playoff games before Sunday.
Byfuglien tied it for a Jets during 12:47. With a teams staking 4-on-4, Byfuglien skated in from a left round before violence Rinne with a wrist shot between a pads.
Scheifele gave a Jets a 2-1 lead 29 seconds after on a energy play. Behind a Nashville net, Stastny sent a backhand pass to Scheifele on a right side for a discerning wrist shot over a shifting Rinne.
Subban answered with a power-play idea during 5:04 of a second on a one-timer from a high container by traffic.
Arvidsson’s slap shot from a right faceoff dot during 18:41 of a second kick Hellebuyck on a brief side to give Nashville a 3-2 lead.
Tanev quickly tied a diversion during 5:11 of a third with a wrist shot from a container that deflected off Subban’s hang and kick Rinne low to a hang side.
Nashville regained a lead 34 seconds after when Johansen danced around Toby Enstrom in a left round before violence Hellebuyck with a wrist shot on a brief side for his second of a game.