Predators Win Double Over-Time Thriller 5-4 to Tie Series With Jets

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The Nashville Predators won a thriller against the Winnipeg Jets 5 to 4 in double over-time Sunday night at the Bridgestone Arena to tie their second round Western Conference Semi-Finals series in the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs at one game apiece.

Kevin Fiala hit the game winner 5:37 into the second over-time period, after the game ended tied 4 to 4 in regulation, and neither team scored in the first over-time period.

“Craig Smith and Fiala skated up on a 2-on-1, and Jets defenseman Byflugien failed to block Smith’s cross-ice pass to Fiala who beat goalie Connor Hellebuyck with a backhander,” ESPN reported of the winning goal.

 

ESPN provided this game summary, via the Associated Press:

Ryan Johansen scored two goals, Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and two assists, and P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist as Nashville won both its 100th postseason game as a franchise and coach Peter Laviolette’s 50th with the team. Filip Forsberg also had three primary assists for the first time in the postseason in his career.

Mark Scheifele scored two goals and had an assist. Byflugien had a goal and an assist, and Brandon Tanev had a goal for Winnipeg.

James Shaw Jr., the hero of last Sunday’s Waffle House shootings in Antioch, was honored before the game. Shaw wrestled the rifle away from alleged shooter Travis Reinking during the incident, ensuring that no additional victims were harmed.

The official Predators twitter account told the story of the game in real time during the first three periods of regulation play:

 

 

The series heads now to Winnipeg, where the third game will be played on Tuesday, the same day that Nashville/Davidson County voters go to the polls to decide on the proposed $9 billion transit plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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