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Nashville Predators thumped by visiting Winnipeg Jets 5-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators had nothing for the Winnipeg Jets tonight in a battle of Central Division rivals as the visitors pounded Nashville, 5-1.

From start to finish, the Jets outskated and outplayed the home team and proved why at this point in the season, they sit atop the division.

Brendan Lemieux pulled the wool over the eyes of the Nashville defense at 10:09 of the first period, when he faked a shot on the offensive rush, then slipped the wrap around shot past Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets left wing Mathieu Perreault (85) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets left wing Mathieu Perreault (85) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Arvidsson hat-trick leads Nashville Predators over the Washington Capitals 7-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators defeated the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals tonight at Bridgestone Arena, 7-2, behind Viktor Arvidssons hat-trick. 

Arvidsson has now scored nine goals in nine games for the Predators and shows no sign of wear and tear after returning from a broken thumb. 

Washington was completing a “back-to-back” series tonight in Nashville, having lost in St. Louis last night to the Blues.  The Capitals started their back up in goal, Pheonix Copley, and he got a very rude welcome to the music city. 

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators right wing Viktor Arvidsson (33) scores a goal against Washington Capitals goaltender Pheonix Copley (1) during the first period at Bridgestone Arena. (Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators comeback falls short to the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3

 

Nashville PredatorsColumbus, OH – The Nashville Predators fought back from a two goal deficit in the third period tonight only to fall short in overtime to the Columbus Blue Jackets, 4-3.

An unfortunate penalty in the OT by Viktor Arvidsson sealed the deal for Columbus as they took advantage of the power play to score the winning goal at 1:22 of the extra period. 

The Predators were playing this game with Pekka Rinne in net with the absence of Juuse Saros who was unavailable for the contest.  Rinne doesn’t normally play in back-to-back games, but was forced into action tonight.

 Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9) wrists a shot over the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9) wrists a shot over the stick of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones (3) during the first period at Nationwide Arena. (Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 3-0

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN -The Nashville Predators unloaded on the Winnipeg Jets tonight at Bridgestone Arena, 3-0.  Winnipeg eliminated Nashville in round two of the Stanley Cup playoffs last year, and the Predators were looking for some payback. 

Ryan Hartman, Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen provided the scoring for the Predators, but Winnipeg came unglued, handing Nashville 9 power plays on the night.  Nashville never scored a power play goal.

Oct 11, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) skates with the puck away from Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 11, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) skates with the puck away from Winnipeg Jets right wing Blake Wheeler (26) during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators season ends with loss to Winnipeg Jets 5-1

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators saw their season come to an end tonight with a game seven loss to the Winnipeg Jets, 5-1.

Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled after the Predators found themselves down, 2-0.  He made five saves before his exit.  Juuse Saros replaced him in net and had 14 saves on the night.

Nothing was working for Nashville tonight, even though they had a fired up. sold out Bridgestone Arena crowd on hand, they just couldn’t score.  Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves in net for the Jets.

Nashville Predators players waive their sticks to the crowd after a loss to the Winnipeg Jets in game seven of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators players waive their sticks to the crowd after a loss to the Winnipeg Jets in game seven of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 4-0 to force a game 7 in Nashville

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators manhandled the Winnipeg Jets tonight with a 4-0 shutout victory in front of a sold out “white out” crowd in Winnipeg. 

The win forces a game 7 in Nashville on Thursday night.

The Nashville penalty kill was superb against the Jets, and it had to be since there was only one penalty called against the Jets all night.  The Predators fought off six minutes of penalties in the first period alone.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators embarrassed at home by Winnipeg Jets 6-2

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, Tn — The Nashville Predators will have to go back to Winnipeg and win a road game to stay alive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after being schooled at home by the Jets tonight, 6-2.

While the hockey “experts” continue to second guess head coach Peter Laviolette’s strategy for game five tonight, Winnipeg put on a clinic on how to attack the net and keep the pressure on Predators’ goalie, Pekka RInne.  Rinne was pulled in the third period.

Winnipeg got on the board first when Paul Stastny scored at 7:44 of the second period after a Patrik Laine shot was blocked by Rinne but the rebound fell at the feet of Stastny who scored, giving the Jets the early 1-0 lead. 

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

May 5, 2018; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators goalie Juuse Saros (74) makes a save on a shot by Winnipeg Jets center Adam Lowry (17) during the third period in game five of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena.  Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

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Nashville Predators blow 3 goal lead to fall to the Winnipeg Jets 7-4

 

Nashville PredatorsClarksville, TN – The Nashville Predators got off to a hot start in their game three series against the Winnipeg Jets, scoring three goals in the first period and looking unstoppable.

Nashville got goals from Mike Fisher, P K Subban and Filip Forsberg to stake the three goal lead. 

That would change in the second period. 

Winnipeg came out of the locker room determined to not disappoint their raucous fans at the Bell MTS Place.

 Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) bodies Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets forward Adam Lowry (17) bodies Nashville Predators forward Ryan Johansen (92) during the first period in game three of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Place. (Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators defeat Winnipeg Jets 5-4 in Double Overtime

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – In a game that went back and forth all night, the Nashville Predators showed they had the grit and determination to win this very important round 2 contest against the Winnipeg Jets, getting the winning goal in the second overtime.

Kevin Fiala would be the hero of tonight’s game, scoring the game winner at 5:37 of the second overtime.  Preds win, 5-4.

Nashville desperately needed this win tonight so as to not go to Winnipeg two down in their series.  After losing the first game at home it was imperative that the Predators come back with a strong win tonight.

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) scores the game winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in second overtime in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22) scores the game winning goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in second overtime in game two of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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Nashville Predators fall to Winnipeg Jets 4-1 at Bridgestone Arena

 

Nashville PredatorsNashville, TN – The Nashville Predators never seemed to get on track against the Winnipeg Jets Friday night at Bridgestone Arena as the Jets take game one of their second round series against the Predators, 4-1.

The series that the “experts” say could determine who represents the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup finals has Nashville down by a game.

Brandon Tanev put Winnipeg on the scoreboard at 14:51 of the first period with a wrist shot past Pekka Rinne for the early 1-0 lead.

Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) scores against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Winnipeg Jets left wing Brandon Tanev (13) scores against Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena. (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

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