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NASHVILLE Adrian Kempe Jersey , Tenn. (AP) Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck got to watch his teammates put on a goal-scoring show in Music City.Now he can’t wait to see what they do back home in Winnipeg with a chance at history.The franchise that just won its first playoff series in the first round is heading home for Game 6 with a chance to eliminate the Presidents’ Trophy winners and clinch Winnipeg’s first berth in the Western Conference final.”It’s going to be awesome,” Hellebuyck said. ”Our home fans have been waiting for this for a while.”Kyle Connor had two goals and an assist as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Nashville Predators 6-2 on Saturday night to grab a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven conference semifinal.Jets captain Blake Wheeler said they have a little bit of experience with a chance to close out an opponent. Winnipeg ousted Minnesota in five games in the first round.”We’re going to have to play our best game of the year,” said Wheeler, who had three assists. ”This is a team that doesn’t go away. We’ve played them 10 times now this year and they fight to the very end every single game. We have a ton of respect for how hard they play every night.”Dustin Byfuglien and Mark Scheifele each had a goal and an assist, and Paul Stastny and Mathieu Perrault also scored as the Jets got four goals on 14 shots in the second period. Nikolaj Ehlers added two assists.Yannick Weber and Ryan Johansen each scored for Nashville. The Predators have not won consecutive games since taking a 2-0 lead over Colorado to start the playoffs, but defenseman P.K. Subban insisted they will be back for a Game 7.”We’ve got a ton of experience in here,” Subban said. ”We’ve had our backs against the wall before. Like I said http://www.kingsproshop.com/authentic-alex-iafallo-jersey , we’re going to go to Winnipeg, we’re going to win a game, we’re going to come back here. Every single guy in here believes that.”Nashville coach Peter Laviolette noted his Predators have won in Winnipeg before. They won 2-1 Thursday night to tie up the series at 2-2.”The plane’s already booked, and we were ready to go,” Laviolette said. ”There’s no group that I’d rather be with to win one hockey game than this group.”Pekka Rinne, Nashville’s Vezina Trophy finalist, was pulled for the third time this postseason after giving up six goals on 26 shots.Lady Antebellum became the latest star act to handle the U.S. anthem Womens Anze Kopitar Jersey , and the Grammy-winning trio missed part of the lyrics. But Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton waved the rally towel, and one of first catfish to hit the ice was tossed by Caleb Daniel, a 5-year-old Predators fan with a new heart.Laviolette switched his lines again, swapping out Scott Hartnell for Kevin Fiala. This change didn’t work.Winnipeg coach Paul Maurice brought back Perrault on the third line after missing eight games with an upper-body injury.The Predators had plenty of great scoring chances while outshooting the Jets 11-7. Only a great performance by Hellebuyck kept it scoreless through the first period for the first time in this series.”It starts with Connor,” Connor said of Hellebuyck. ”He’s been the backbone the whole year. He played great again tonight.”They made up for that in the second. Patrik Laine helped get the Jets on the board with a shot that deflected off Stastny’s right hand and past Rinne at 7:44. Defenseman Yannick Weber tied it up for Nashville with a wrister from the left circle at 11:08.Then the Jets scored two of their next three goals 2:05 apart.First, Connor scored off the rebound of a shot by Scheifele with 7:30 left for his first postseason goal, then Rinne lost his stick in a scrum in the crease. The puck squirted out Authentic Derek Forbort Jersey Kids , and Byfuglien scored with a slap shot for a 3-1 lead with 5:25 remaining. Connor made it 4-1 with a wrister from the slot with just under three minutes to go.The period seemed to be slipping further away from Nashville when Viktor Arvidsson went to the box for slashing. But Johansen scored his fifth goal this postseason with 2:01 remaining for the first short-handed goal of his career in the postseason.The Jets made it 5-2 just 28 seconds into the third, stifling any Nashville rally when Scheifele scored his ninth goal this postseason from the slot. Perreault capped the scoring at 6:23 to chase Rinne for the second time this series.NOTES: Nashville now is 0-4 when trailing after two periods this postseason. … Weber’s goal was the fourth of his career in the postseason and first with Nashville.— WASHINGTON (AP) — After four days off — three without practice — the Washington Capitals shook off some expected rust Thursday night in one of their most balanced performances of the season.T.J. Oshie scored his 11th goal of the season on the power play, John Carlson had an empty-netter, and Chandler Stephenson scored at even strength in the Capitals’ 3-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes.“It’s a little bit of everything for sure,” Capitals coach Todd Reirden said of the Metropolitan Division leaders’ third straight victory, and 15th in 18 games. “It’s important to find different ways to score and not be one dimensional.”Braden Holtby stopped 28 shots in front of a penalty kill that shut down all four Hurricanes power plays, the last coming on a high-sticking minor on Michal Kempny with 3:46 remaining.Washington’s only sour spot came midway through the third period Youth Dion Phaneuf Jersey , when Matt Niskanen slammed face-first into the boards after tangling with Carolina’s Justin Williams and Clark Bishop.Niskanen exited under his own power but did not return, and no boarding penalty was awarded. Less than a minute later, Sebastian Aho scored his team-leading 15th goal in the third period for the Hurricanes to cut it to 2-1.Carolina was without a power-play goal for a fifth consecutive game (18 total chances) and took its third loss in four games.“We got going, that’s all,” Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour said of the third period. “We started to play, and we got one and we got back in the game. And then nothing on the power play at the end. That’s definitely been the Achilles heel all year.”Petr Mrazek made 30 stops for Carolina, which was outshot 33-29 after entering Thursday averaging a league-best plus-9.6 shot differential.Washington went ahead on the first shot of the second. Pressure from Travis Boyd and Devante Smith-Pelly forced a turnover in Carolina’s defensive end about 3 1/2 minutes in http://www.kingsproshop.com/authentic-drew-doughty-jersey , and Stephenson was first to the puck. He put a shot into the top-right corner to beat Mrazek’s glove for his second goal in three games.Oshie made it 2-0 with 1:44 left in the period on Washington’s fourth power play, finding space in front of Mrazek to redirect Carlson’s shot from the top of the zone. It was the Capitals’ first goal on the man advantage in five games.“When you can’t find a way to score when you have that much level of talent on a unit, you sometimes have to simplify things,” Oshie said. “John made a great play. Shot to an area where I could tip. You just try to get a stick on it.”Aho scored when he pounced on a rebound following Holtby’s save of Micheal Ferland’s breakaway.Holtby and his defense absorbed Carolina’s late pressure in the final minutes before Carlson sealed it from his own end with 50 seconds remaining after Nicklas Backstrom’s faceoff win.“I think there was parts of the game where you just need to survive and get through,” Carlson said.NOTES: Rierden said after the game he had yet to speak with his athletic training staff about Niskanen and could not provide an update. … Carlson added his 31st assist. … Capitals D Brooks Orpik missed his 26th game (knee) despite participating in Thursday’s morning skate. … Hurricanes D Haydn Fleury (concussion) missed a sixth consecutive game despite also participating in the morning skate.UP NEXTHurricanes: Wrap a two-game trip Saturday at New Jersey.Capitals: Visit Ottawa on Saturday.

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