Jets down Preds 6-4 to win their 2nd straight Featured

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Winnipeg, Manitoba (NHN)-Paul Stastny scored twice and added an assist to pace the Winnipeg Jets to a 6-4 win over the visiting Nashville Predators Saturday night.

The win was their second straight after they opened up on the road with three straight contests and a single point to show for it.

Adam Lowry, Paul Stastny and Kristian Vesalainen scored for the Jets.

Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist for Winnipeg.

Jet defenceman Nate Schmidt had a pair of assists.

Connor Hellebuyck stopped 26 shots for Winnipeg, who closed out a two-game homestand with a pair of wins (2-2-1).

Colton Sissons, Nick Cousins and Philip Tomasino scored for Nashville.

Jusse Saros turned aside 23 shots for the Predators, who dropped to 1-4-0.

Nashville got the early lead 1:15 into the contest when Colton Sissons converted a Tanner Jeannot cross crease feed past Connor Hellebuyck after the Jets turned the puck over at the blue line and created a 3-on-1.

The goal was his first of the season.

Adam Lowry replied just under a minute and a half later when Dylan DeMelo sent the Jet Centre in alone on Saros and Lowry neatly tucked the puck between his legs on a backhand deke.

The goal was his first of the season.

Pierre-Luc Dubois gave Winnipeg the lead 1:11 into the second period tipping a Nate Schmidt wrister from the point past Saros, redirecting it glove side.

The goal was his fourth of the season.

Paul Stastny gave Winnipeg a two-goal cushion on the power play at 2:34 after he knocked a rebound off a Kyle Connor slap shot past Saros to make it 3-1.

The goal was his first of the season.

Nick Cousins pulled the Predators to within a goal with a power play marker at 13:27 of the second, with Brendan Dillon off for roughing Cousins snapped a loose puck past Hellebuyck to score his first of the season.

Kristian Vesalainen tipped a disc past Saros off a Nate Schmidt shot with 11 seconds remaining in the second period to score his first career NHL goal and restored Winnipeg's two-goal cushion.

Roman Josi scored 3:10 into the third when his shot from the right point hit Jets forward Dominic Toninato and changed direction, beating Hellebuyck blocker side.

Paul Stastny scored 26 seconds later, redirecting a Neal Pionk shot past Saros to make it 5-3 Winnipeg.

The goal was his second of the season.

Kyle Connor scored on the power play at 6:14 when Nate Schmidt set him up for a one timer from the left faceoff circle. Connor make no mistake, hammering the disc past Saros to make it 6-3 Jets.

Philip Tomasino scored on the power play at 13:41, beating Hellebuyck with a high shot to pull Nashville to within a pair of goals.

The goal was his second of the season.

Nashville closes out a two-game road trip tomorrow in Minnesota while Winnipeg travels to Anaheim for a game Tuesday night.

SHOTS-NASHVILLE 30 WINNIPEG 29

ATTENDANCE-14,020

NOTES-Both Jets Centre Mark Scheifele and Captain Blake Wheeler remain in the COVID 19 protocols after testing positive.

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.