The second-round series between the Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets, the top two teams in the Western Conference, was supposed to deliver in every way imaginable, and when it comes to viewing pleasure, one can safely say there hasn't been a series with quite as much excitement as the battle for the Central Division crown.
It had Viktor Arvidsson, from the very first moment his blades touched the ice, moving like a Lear jet at low altitude.
Byfuglien had dominated his team's 7-4 victory in Game 3, but had his quietest night of the series.
Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9) scores a goal against Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck (37) in the third period in game six of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell MTS Centre. His fourth goal of the playoffs was assisted by Roman Josi and Ryan Johansen and the Predators had an early one goal lead. We're gonna win a game. After breaking his stick in the defensive zone blocking a shot, the Swedish forward raced to the bench to get a new one as the puck nearly simultaneously arrived at his feet. History could be made tonight, this is rarefied air for the Jets, they have never won a second round series... not only in this iteration of the Jets... but in the last one as well. Stastny also missed from a tight angle off the boards on the follow up on Rinne. "You can't imagine what it would be like playing against him".
The playoff roller coaster just continues to ride the hills and valleys, the only positive thing that can be taken from Saturday's game one repeat is that the Predators always respond well after a loss.
NOTES: Nashville now is 0-4 when trailing after two periods.
The Jets took a big step towards meeting Vegas on Saturday night when they put four goals past Pekka Rinne in the second period, ultimately chasing the odds-on favorite for the Vezina Trophy in what became a 6-2 victory.
They were shut out for the first time all season at Bell MTS Place, the first time they were blanked in any building since December 16, a span of 59 games. "We had a chance today and couldn't take it and we're going to have another chance on Thursday, so just got to look forward and try to be better".
Referee Wes McCauley initially waved off the goal that bounced past Hellebuyck for high-sticking, but it was determined after video review that Arvidsson's stick was below the crossbar on the tip. Their best opportunity - a stuff play on the doorstep.
The Jets failed to capitalize on all four of their powerplay opportunities, including a stretch in the first period where they were on the man advantage for six minutes out of a nine minute span.
While the two teams from Manitoba and Tennessee are competing on the ice, their respective law firms wanted to do the same off the ice. This week's show will either preview game seven, or do a post-mortem on a season lost. Last game, Kyle Connor flew the coop on a three-point night. 21 giveaways... the most since game two, and that one went double overtime. Teemu Selanne, a member of the original Jets from 1992-96, was in attendance. It was his second this spring, the other coming against the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 on April 22 in the deciding Game 6 of the first round.