Jets edge Predators 5-4 in shootout to clinch playoff berth Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Mark Scheifele scored the game winning goal in the shootout as the Winnipeg Jets edged the Nashville Predators 5-4 Sunday night.

They also clinched a playoff berth with the victory over Nashville.

The win was their 5th in a row and though it earned them two points the win only moved them a single point closer to the Predators in the race for the Central division crown.

Winnipeg now has 102 points to Nashville's 107.

One thing is clear however, when these two teams meet they are going to score.

In the last five meetings the Predators and Jets have combined to score 41 goals.

Sunday night was no different as Nashville jumped to a two-goal lead before the Jets chipped away and tied the contest twice before winning the game in a shootout.

Winnipeg set a franchise record for shots on goal in a single period with 25 in the second stanza and it paid off as they scored three goals.

Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists for the Jets.

Bryan Little added a goal and an assist.

Dustin Byfuglien and Blake Wheeler scored for Winnipeg.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 31 shots for the Jets, who moved to 46-19-10.

Ryan Ellis and Viktor Ardvidsson each had a goal and an assist for the Predators.

Roman Josi and Kyle Turris had singles for Nashville.

Juuse Saros turned aside 43 shots to post the win for the Predators, who dropped to 48-17-10 on the season.

Roman Josi scored at 10:09, one timing a Ryan Ellis feed past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck beating him high blocker side from the top of the right faceoff circle to give Nashville a 1-0 lead.

The goal was his 11th of the season.

Kyle Turris scored on the power play with less than a second left in the first period after the Predators kept the Jets pinned in their own end.

Mattias Ekholm snagged a clearing attempt by Andrew Copp before sliding the disc to Turris who beat Hellebuyck just inside the left post with .3 of a second left in the period to put the Predators up 2-0.

The goal was his 14th of the season.

With P.K. Subban off for hooking the Jets power play went to work as Kyle Connor snapped up a rebound off a Bryan Little shot and lifted the puck past Nashville goaltender Juuse Saros to pull Winnipeg within a goal 3:49 into the second period. The goal was his 4th in his last 3 games and 7th tally in his last six contests.

Ryan Ellis restored the Predators two-goal cushion at 6:43 of the second, one timing a Kevin Fiala feed off a face off win in the Jets end to make it 3-1 Nashville.

The goal was his 8th of the season.

Andrew Copp appeared to have scored Winnipeg's second goal of the game at 8:59 of the second period but was ruled no goal due to a distinct kicking motion.

The call was confirmed by video replay.

Dustin Byfuglien pulled the Jets to within a goal at 11:29 with a power play marker off a shot from the right point that found it's way through Saros's pads to make it 3-2.

Bryan Little tied the game at 13:53, taking a Kyle Connor feed in Nashville's end before moving in to the top of the right faceoff circle and firing a slapshot past Saros, beating him blocker side with a high shot.

The goal was his 15th of the season.

Viktor Ardvidsson made it 4-3 Nashville at 15:18, shovelling a loose puck past the goal line during a goal mouth scramble to make it 4-3 Nashville.

Blake Wheeler tied the game just under a minute into the third period, grabbing a rebound off a Joe Morrow shot before skating in and sliding the puck between Saros's pads to make it 4-4.

The goal was his 20th of the season.

The game went to overtime.

There was no scoring in overtime and the game went to a shootout.

Nashville-Ellis (miss), Fiala (miss), Forsberg (miss)

Winnipeg-Little (miss), Schiefele (score), Laine (miss)

The Jets close out a six-game home stand on Tuesday against Boston while Nashville returns home to host Minnesota.

SHOTS-NASHVILLE 36 WINNIPEG 47

ATTENDANCE-15,294

Last modified on Monday, 26 March 2018 03:44
Philip Paul-Martin

A well rounded journalist with experience in both print and broadcast mediums, Philip has written news stories with impact, broken national news while at the CBC, anchored radio news and hosted talk show radio. His coverage includes feature writing, game stories and more in-depth pieces during the off-season as well as writing about the National Hockey League and the Winnipeg Jets. He calls Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada home.