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The Jets stunned the Nashville faithful in a dominate win vs. the Predators
By: Chris Yackel
The Winnipeg Jets are going to the Western Conference Finals. Just let that sink in for a minute. Winnipeg who didn’t even make the playoffs last year is now 4 wins from going to the Western Conference Finals. It is very well deserved too as they defeated the President Trophy winning Nashville Predators in the process. The Jets accomplished this on the road no less which is nothing short of remarkable, as Nashville has been a house of horrors for many teams throughout the years.
The Jets just dominated this Game 7 matchup from start to finish. They were faster, on pucks first and more aggressive. They executed their game plan to a tee and in the process left the Predators and their fans puzzled. The depth of the Jets and the leadership was just better than Nashville. Not just in this game, but all series. Mark Scheifele also contributed to this as the star center had a tremendous series and playoffs thus far. He put a dagger to the Predators at the tail end of the third period. Scheifele was cold blooded this series, as he will certainly be a candidate for the Conn Smythe trophy if the Jets win the Stanley Cup.
When it comes down to what went wrong with Nashville their will be a lot of fingers pointed at Pekka Rinne. Rinne was pulled after allowing 2 goals on 7 shots. Both goals allowed were extremely weak to say the least. It was the third time in this series where Rinne was pulled. This is nothing new for Rinne who was disappointing in the playoffs with a .907 save percentage. He also was very disappointing in the playoffs last season as well against Pittsburgh. Rinne has been a tremendous goalie for the Preds, but in the clutch moments he seems to falter to the pressure. It will be interesting to see what Nashville does with Rinne going forward.
Next for Winnipeg is the incredible story that is Vegas Golden Knights. It will be a tough test for Winnipeg, but after defeating Nashville the sky is the limit for the Jets.
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