Winnipeg Jets inching closer to series win with big victory in Nashville

Sunday, 06 May, 2018

He finished the 2017-18 season as the team's fourth-leading scorer with 59 points (14 goals, 45 assists) in 76 games.

"I don't lose sleep", Connor said.

"The bottom line is team success, winning".

The home team in this head-to-head match-up is 9-4 in the last 13 games, and the Jets are 2-5 in their last seven games in Nashville. "We dealt with that today, back at it tomorrow", Maurice said.

"I think last game, the details are kind of what cost us".

The big players are supposed to get to the front of the net and screen the goalie.

"When there's nerves, there's not as much of that".

These two teams are very evenly matched, so I have no issues with going after the plus money here.

Center Austin Watson caught Jets captain Blake Wheeler with a hit to the head early in the second period, knocking his helmet off, causing normally mild-mannered Mark Scheifele to wrestle him to the ground, negating what would have been a Winnipeg power play. The Predators also dressed defenceman Yannick Weber in place of Alexei Emelin.

Pekka Rinne, Nashville's Vezina Trophy finalist, was pulled for the third time this postseason after giving up six goals on 26 shots.

"Yeah we played together for pretty much the whole year and just (used to) certain reads and defensive zone", Connor said.

The Winnipeg Jets haven't lost at home during the playoffs and haven't lost a home game overall since February 27. Game 5 is Saturday in Nashville.

Laine got the Jets on the board with Subban in the box at 19:09 of the third period by squeezing a wrister from the left circle through Rinne's pads, but Winnipeg couldn't equalize. Laine scored late in Game 4 and it was his first goal since Game 2 of the opening round.

But Connor restored Winnipeg's lead 1:22 later when he popped a loose puck upstairs off a scramble in front after some good work from Scheifele.

The Winnipeg Jets look to remain unbeaten at home during the playoffs while taking a commanding 3-0 series lead.

And to hear the Predators tell it, that commitment and buy-in up and down the lineup were the biggest differences between the Jets' ability to come back from what seemed an insurmountable three-goal deficit in Tuesday's game and their inability to get anything that even closely resembled flow to their play in Thursday's contest. Connor made it 4-1 with a wrister from the slot with just under three minutes to go.

He reached that form in Game 5.

Laine scored on a 6-on-4 with 50.2 seconds left in the third - his third of the playoffs and first of the series - but the Predators held on from there to wrestle back home-ice advantage. That's not it. We have a certain way that we play. Kyle Connor has great character and skill.

He gets lots of opportunities but has failed to convert. "That's all you want". Perreault, out since the opener of Winnipeg's first-round series with the Minnesota Wild, took the place of veteran winger Matt Hendricks.

"A good majority of us knew right away when we got on the ice, but then there was a handful talking after the game that didn't know", he said.