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The Winnipeg Jets only got a few hours to celebrate the biggest victory in franchise history. The Jets finished off the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Nashville Predators 5-1 in Game 7 of their second-round series, then quickly headed home to prepare for the opener of their first ever Western Conference final Saturday night. The Jets will be hosting the upstart Vegas Golden Knights in a conference final nobody predicted.
The Winnipeg Jets are headed to the first Western Conference final in their short history after knocking off the NHL’s best team in the regular season. Tyler Myers and Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the Nashville Predators 5-1 in their first Game 7 to continue an amazing run for a team swept in its previous two playoff appearances. Nashville now is the ninth Presidents’ Trophy winner in 10 years not to win the Stanley Cup.
With a winner in Winnipeg, Jets fans can finally showcase their support after years of early playoff exits and the team leaving the city once before. The Jets’ second incarnation has the team making its deepest playoff run in Winnipeg’s NHL history. And they have a chance to go further in preparing to play at Nashville in Game 7 of their second-round playoff series on Thursday.
Nobody has reflected the roller-coaster ride of the Western Conference semifinal between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season than their Vezina Trophy finalists in goal. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been pulled from not one but two games – both on his own ice – before turning in his second shutout of the postseason. Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck is 2-1 in Nashville. The two face off in a Game 7 on Thursday night in Nashville. The winner will face Vegas in the West final.
Pekka Rinne made 32 saves, P.K. Subban and Ryan Hartman scored and the Nashville Predators held off a late charge by the Winnipeg Jets to win 2-1 on Thursday night and even their second-round series through four games.
Blake Wheeler scored on the power play with 4:59 to play and the Winnipeg Jets roared back from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the Nashville Predators 7-4 and grab a 2-1 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Kevin Fiala scored 5:37 into double overtime, and the Nashville Predators beat the Winnipeg Jets 5-4 on Sunday night in Game 2 to even the Western Conference semifinal series.
Connor Hellebuyck made 47 saves and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 on Friday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinal between the NHL’s top teams in the regular season. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne was pulled after the second period after giving up three goals on 16 shots.
Playing the Winnipeg Jets is exactly why Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wanted home-ice advantage in the NHL playoffs. Even if it’s a round – or two – earlier than anyone really wants. Laviolette’s Predators play Winnipeg in the Western Conference semifinals after turning in their best season in franchise history to edge out the Jets for the right to start and end a series in Smashville. This will be just the fifth series since 1990 between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season.
Jacob Trouba, Bryan Little, Brandon Tanev and Joel Armia scored in the first 11:59 to chase Minnesota goalie Devan Dubynk and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Wild 5-0 to win a playoff series for the first time in franchise history. Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves for his second shutout of the series, and Mark Scheifele added a goal in the third to help the Jets finish off the Wild in five games.
Winnipeg Jets defenseman Josh Morrissey was suspended for one game by the NHL for cross-checking Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal. The cross-check to Staal’s neck happened in the first period of Winnipeg’s 2-0 victory Tuesday night.
Paul Stastny, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored in the third period and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 4-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round series. Game 3 is Sunday at Minnesota.
Defenseman Joe Morrow broke a tie with 6:13 left and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Minnesota Wild 3-2 in Game 1 for the first playoff victory in franchise history. In its only other playoff appearances since joining the NHL in 1999 in Atlanta, the franchise was swept in 2007 by the New York Rangers and 2015 by Anaheim.
Alex Ovechkin scored twice to reach 600 goals and Evgeny Kuznetsov had the overtime winner as the Washington Capitals returned to first place by beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Monday.
Claude Giroux and Andrew MacDonald scored in the second period and the Philadelphia Flyers overcame Patrik Laine’s 40th goal of the season in a 2-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday that snapped a five-game losing streak.
David Perron scored 3:57 into overtime to lead Vegas past the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 on Thursday night for the Golden Knights’ 34th victory, the most by an NHL expansion team in its debut season.
Brian Elliott made 31 saves for his second consecutive shutout and the Calgary Flames extended their winning streak to nine games with a 3-0 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night.
Rookie Patrik Laine completed a hat trick 2:40 into overtime, helping the Winnipeg Jets overcome a four-goal deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 on Wednesday night in Winnepeg, Manitoba.
Hudson Elynuik has spent his off season doing hockey things, like practicing shots in his garage in Calgary, Alberta.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Winnipeg Jets fans are gearing up for a whiteout for the first time in 19 years. Playoff hockey is set to return to the city for the first time since 1996, and fans greeted the news by pouring into the streets, flying Jets flags, and snapping up jerseys and other white-colored gear.