Well, guess the goalie duel of game four was short-lived. There was no shortage of goals in game five between the Nashville Predators and the Winnipeg Jets as they over doubled their total production of the previous game. Though despite all the goals in the game there were zero in the first period with the Preds having the edge in shots 11-7. The action really kicked off in the second period where there would be a total of six goals.
The first goal of the game would be a rather fortuitous bounce off of Jets center Paul Stastny. A shot by Laine would hit Stastny in the chest and past Pekka Rinne for the 1-0 Jets lead. Nashville would tie the game four minutes later as Yannick Weber would take the puck down the left-wing and roof it over the glove hand of Connor Hellebuyck for the 1-1 tie. Jets rookie sensation Kyle Connor would put the Jets back in front as a scramble ensued in front of Rinne
The resulting play would see the puck find its way onto the stick of Connor who would bury it in the open cage giving Winnipeg a 2-1 lead. Two minutes later an even bigger mad scramble would occur in front of the Nashville goal. Several players tried in vain to bang the puck in, and several others tried to either clear it or get a whistle. The Jets would get the puck out of the crowd and tee up Dustin Byfuglien for the blast from the point and past a screened Rinne for a 3-1 Jets lead
Winnipeg seemed to be dissatisfied with the two-goal lead as they’d make it three just twenty-eight seconds into the period. Connor would turn Johansen into a pylon and feed Mark Scheifele for the tap in and a 5-2 Winnipeg lead. They say a three-goal lead is the most dangerous lead in hockey, so that’s probably why the Jets decided to take the lead a four-goal lead six minutes later. Mathieu Perreault who’d just returned from an injury would be the recipient of a very lucky bounce off the boards.
A failed clearing attempt would find its way onto the stick of Ehlers who’d bank the puck off the backboards and through Rinne to the stick of Perreault who had a gaping maw to send the puck. With the score being 6-2 now the Preds would put in backup goalie
Nashville outshot Winnipeg 40-32 in the game but now find themselves trailing 3-2 in the series with game six on the road. Game six will be Monday, May 7th in Winnipeg where the Jets will look to advance at home to the Western Conference final.