Rinne pulled early again as Jets oust Predators

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Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night in their first Game 7 - continuing an awesome run for a team swept in its previous two playoff appearances.

The Winnipeg Jets visiting the Nashville Predators for the decisive Game 7.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, 5-2 in Game 7s, is one of only four National Hockey League coaches (Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and John Tortorella are the others) to win a Game 7 in each of four different playoff rounds.

The Jets return to Winnipeg for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET.

"I have yet to be scored on in one, so I like those odds", Hellebuyck said.

Jets center Paul Stastny made it 2-0, finding the back of the net at 10:47. Obviously biggest moment of the season, it's a awful feeling. They also are 39-22 in games where they're in the penalty box for fewer than 10 total minutes. Kyle Connor was having a bad time controlling the puck as he came into the offensive zone and he eventually lost it right to Blake Wheeler who immediately fed Scheifele for a pretty one-timer.

The Jets would book their Vegas getaway with a 5-1 victory, scoring twice on backup Juuse Saros and one for good measure into an empty net, but the two hung on Rinne were enough to make history - and misery. And after knocking off the favourite in clinical fashion, the Jets should be considered the new favourite in the NHL's final four.

Another failure to clear the puck late in the second period led to a Mark Scheifele one-timer from Blake Wheeler and put the Jets in complete control up 3-1. I think it's a unsafe game when you get to play run-and-gun with that team. "Tough to swallow, tough to understand".

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P.K Subban scored the only goal for the Predators. You let your teammates down.

The Jets, who only got one shot on Saros the rest of the first after Rinne was pulled, had a couple of opportunities in the second when both Stastny and Bryan Little were stopped from in close.

On the season, the Jets are averaging 3.2 goals and 21.2 powerplay percentage per game. I don't think many people would've been surprised if you said this series would go to a Game Seven.

Nobody has reflected the roller-coaster ride of this thrilling Western Conference semifinal series between the NHL's top two teams in the regular season than their Vezina Trophy finalists.

Nothing about this series has made sense, as there's been no consistency from either side, both defenses have struggled at times and neither team has been able to win back to back games.

The most deserving fan base in North American professional sports finally has something tangible to cheer for, home of the best bet to end Canada's 25-year Stanley Cup drought since Vancouver in 2011. Predators forward Scott Hartnell returned to the lineup after sitting out Game 5 as a healthy scratch.

The eventual Stanley Cup champion each of the past five seasons has won a Game 7 along the way. This incarnation moved to town from Atlanta in 2011, but was beaten in four straight by Anaheim in 2011 in its only other playoff appearance. The Preds are looking to make sure that they do not follow that script. Scoring in the game six win was Viktor Arvidsson, who scored twice and now have five in the postseason, and Filip Forsberg, who also scored twice in the game, plus he had three assists as well. But in this series through six games so far, the home team is 2-4. Game 1 saw the Jets soar to a 4-1 win in Nashville.