Preds shutout Jets 4-0 to force Game 7 Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Filip Forsberg and Viktor Ardvidsson each fired a pair of goals and Pekka Rinne stopped all 34 shots he faced as the Nashville Predators staved off elimination by downing the Winnipeg Jets 4-0 Monday night.

The Predators, who are now 5-0 after a loss in the 2018 playoffs, scored goals in each period to send the series to a 7th and deciding game Thursday night in Nashville.

Winnipeg went 0-for-4 on the power play on the night and weren't able to mount much of an attack on the night.

"I think the power play is probably just a microcosm of the way we played," said Paul Stastny. "We probably weren’t moving as well or as sharp as we wanted to be. You could say that but then again, the one Wheels fed to me, I just missed and if that goes in, it’s a different story. Sometimes, it’s a great pass that I don’t see until the last second. It’s one of those nights. We’ll watch video on it tomorrow, forget about it, learn from what makes us good.”

"It was a big challenge," said Predators centre Ryan Johansen of keeping Winnipeg's power play unit off the board. "Our guys did a phenomenal job of making sure they gave them (Jets) nothing."

Winnipeg Jets Captain Blake Wheeler said they couldn't find their offensive game.

"I just think it’s the way its been. They played a good game tonight, got out to that lead and it’s just tough. It’s just tough to come back. We just couldn’t find a way to get that first one. I think our belief was, if we were able to get that first one, we were going to get rolling and, you know, come back in this game. We just couldn’t find a way to get that first one.”

Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen each had a pair of assists for Nashville.

Pekka Rinne turned aside 34 shots for the Predators.

Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for Winnipeg.

Viktor Ardvidsson got Nashville on the board early as he redirected a Roman Josi shot from the point past Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck while on his way down to the ice.

Initially Referee Wes McCauley ruled no goal on the play due to Ardvidsson's stick contacting the puck above the normal height of his shoulders but his ruling was overturned following video review that clearly showed the disc contacting the middle of Ardvidsson's stick shaft held close to his torso and below the shoulders.

The goal was his 4th of the playoffs.

Filip Forsberg gave the Predators a 2-0 lead 8:16 into the second period off a nice individual effort. Forsberg had returned to the Nashville bench to get new stick and got himself back onside just before the puck arrived at the blue line. He got inside on Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot, bumping the Jet defenceman who was skating backwards just outslide the blue line after Craig Smith fired the disc up the boards from his own end.

Forsberg battled for position while driving for the net before beating Hellebucyk short side just under the glove to score his 6th goal of the post-season.

Filip Forsberg scored 5:55 into the third period, converting a Victor Ardvidsson feed from behind the Winnipeg goal to make it 3-0 Nashville.

Forsberg stopped the puck before sliding the disc backwards through his legs and shot it with his stick inbetween his legs past a shocked Hellebuyck to score. The goal was his 7th of the playoffs.

"It just takes a lot of practice," said Forsberg. "You just try to maybe do it in practice once in a while if you get time and space for it in a game you try to put it up."

"It's hard to argue that one wasn't the biggest so far of the year tonight," said Ryan Johansen of Forsberg's tally.

With the Jets trailing Nashville 3-0 Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice elected to pull his goaltender early.

Viktor Ardvidsson scored into an empty net at 15:58 to make it 4-0.

Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said his club was confident heading into the game. "I think you always try to say the right things going into a game like this. 'We're confident.' But our guys truly were."

Jets Head Coach Paul Maurice said now that the series has come down to a single game he won't be changing his approach heading into game 7.

"Yes, but every day since September 15th, right? This isn’t, ‘Hey, let’s really try hard now. It’s Game 7,’” Maurice said. “I get it. It’s frustrating (Game 6). It’s painful. You were right there. It’s an elimination game. There have been an awful lot of seven game series that have happened in the history of the National Hockey League, and somebody was up 3-2 in every single one of them. “They were good on the road, we were good in our last game. It’s gonna be a hell of a game.”

Game 7 goes Thursday night in Nashville.



Last modified on Tuesday, 08 May 2018 14:51
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.