The Nashville Predators came through in the clutch, beating the Winnipeg Jets by a 2 to 1 margin in the fourth game of the Western Conference semi-finals of the NHL’s Stanley Cup Playoffs on Thursday, evening the series at 2 games apiece.
Game 5 will be played at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena and Saturday night, and fans around Middle Tennessee are expected to clamor into downtown Nashville to watch the game inside the arena, and outside and large watch parties.
Ryan Hartman staked the Predators to a 1-0 lead at the 17:20 mark of the first period with an unassisted goal that quieted the raucous Winnipeg crowd.
P.K. Subban gave Nashville a 2-0 lead at the 14:36 mark of the second period with a power play goal and assists from Flip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen.
But in the third period, the Jets got some of their offensive mojo back when Patrick Laine scored on a power play at the 19:09 mark.
In the end, it was a case of too little too late for the Jets, and the momentum in the series, tied now at two games apiece, swings back to the Predators.
Expect to see a lot of “throwing that catfish down” from energized Predator fans at Bridgestone Arena, thanks in part to a new song penned by WTN’s Brian Wilson, which will debut live, on-air, on Nashville’s Morning News Friday at 7:30 a.m.
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