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Nashville Predators beat Winnipeg Jets in double OT to even Western semifinal series

Winnipeg outshot Nashville 45-30 - 16-6 in the second period and 19-12 in the third.

The Nashville Predators evened up the series with the Winnipeg Jets last night after a game winning goal by Kevin Fiala in the 2OT period.

"And now the rest of the world is discovering we're a pretty cool vibrant city with a fun, cool downtown", said Distasio. He did it a year ago and did again tonight.

"We talk about it all the time, being consistent, playing a full 60 [minutes], and no team is ideal, but I think we all know we have to be better all the time", Ellis said.

Fiala also played the hero in the 2017 postseason, scoring the victor in Game 3 of their first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Nashville Predators narrowly avoided a catastrophic start to their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series. The FiST line had the game victor, the JoFA line generated three goals and five assists... the big guns came to play.

"It's an important process for us to go through having lost an overtime game", Jets coach Paul Maurice said.

- After double OT last night, I may have trouble staying up for the Vegas/San Jose game, but I will be curious to see how Vegas handle their first taste of playoff adversity. "We've done it before, we have big belief in our group and what we can do".

A must-win scenario in Game 2 has kept the Nashville Predators alive in this brutal second-round series with the Winnipeg Jets.

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The series will continue on Thursday night in Winnipeg with Game 4, leaving the Preds with time to regroup and refocus once more after suffering their second loss of the series.

While the Bruins have undoubtedly been led by the top line of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, DeBrusk has put up big numbers throughout his playoff debut, scoring six goals and eight points in eight games despite averaging less than 15 minutes per outing. It was their second power play of the period and P.K. Subban scored to increase the lead.

The Jets appeared to take a 3-2 late in the second period when Andrew Copp put the puck in the net on a rebound. That set the stage for Scheifele to send the game into extra time, something Nashville players were prepared for. The Downtown Winnipeg Biz said local businesses are getting in on the action, too.

Averaging 28.4 saves per game with a.925 save percentage, Pekka Rinne (47-20-4) has been the best option in goal for Nashville this season. "Our guys found a way to do it tonight".

There is a fine margin in a best-of-seven series between two great teams. Expect another hard-fought, bump-and-bruise-filled matchup in Game 3 in Winnipeg on Tuesday. After the Predators killed off the power play, Winnipeg tilted the ice, resulting in Brandon Tanev scoring his second of the series, tying the game at three.

Byfuglien scored for the second time with only 44 seconds left in the second period, and the Jets had regained the lead.

The Jets made up for that by scoring twice 29 seconds apart to grab the lead. There were no definitive angles shown that disputed the call on the ice, leaving the Penguins still trailing by two goals. He's just been a ideal fit for the Jets and Kevin Cheveldayoff's shrewd move is paying off in spades ... "I think everybody knows how much he loves hockey, and that's part of what makes him up". But Hellebuyck made a tremendous glove save that brought the crowd to its feet.

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom added an empty-netter in the game's final seconds for the final score. Nashville has gone 27-17 on the road and a have averaged 3.05 gpg and have allowed 2.43 gpg in those games.

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