NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

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NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS

Round 2 - Winnipeg Jets vs. Nashville Predators (best-of-7 series tied 1-1)

Game 3 at Bell MTS Place, Winnipeg (7 p.m., CBC, SN360; TSN1290)

 

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LW Kevin Fiala scored at 5:37 of the second overtime period to lift the Predators to a 5-4 win over the Jets and even the Western Conference semi-final series 1-1. Fiala, the lone Nashville scorer in a 4-1 loss in Game 1, raced to the net, took a pass from Craig Smith and flipped the puck over goalie Connor Hellebuyck.

C Ryan Johansen scored a pair of goals for the hosts, beating Hellebuyck just 27 seconds into the game and then giving Nashville a 4-3 lead just under six minutes into the third period. D P.K. Subban and LW Viktor Arvidsson also scored.

The club’s top trio of Johansen, RW Filip Forsberg and Arvidsson, held in check in Game 1, amassed eight points Sunday night.

Veteran C Mike Fisher had a couple of tremendous scoring opportunities but couldn’t find the handle. He was a sparkplug on the fourth line, dishing out three hits. His wife, country music sensation Carrie Underwood, sang the U.S. national anthem prior to Game 2 at Bridgestone Arena.

RW Austin Watson, who left the first game early with an undisclosed injury, was in the lineup Sunday on a forward unit with C Nick Bonino and LW Colton Sissons. Watson had four hits and a couple of shots in nearly 22 minutes of ice time. Bonino, up the middle on the checking line, finished a team-worst -2.

G Pekka Rinne, pulled after two periods in the series opener, looked shaky at times Sunday but shut the door in nearly 26 minutes of overtime, turning aside 14 shots. He finished with 46 stops and a .920 save percentage.

 

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

35 Pekka Rinne G

74 Juuse Saros G

 

2 Anthony Bitetto D

4 Ryan Ellis D (A)

8 Kyle Turris C

9 Filip Forsberg LW (A)

10 Colton Sissons LW

11 Eeli Tolvanen RW

12 Mike Fisher C

13 Nick Bonino C

14 Mattias Ekholm D

15 Craig Smith C

17 Scott Hartnell LW

19 Calle Järnkrok C

20 Miikka Salomäki RW

22 Kevin Fiala LW

25 Alexei Emelin D

33 Viktor Arvidsson LW

38 Ryan Hartman RW

51 Austin Watson RW

52 Matt Irwin D

59 Roman Josi D (C)

76 P.K. Subban D

92 Ryan Johansen C

 

Head coach: Peter Laviolette

Assistant coaches: Kevin McCarthy, Dan Muse

Goalie coach: Ben Vanderklok

Video coach: Lawrence Feloney

 

WINNIPEG JETS

34 Michael Hutchinson G

35 Steve Mason G

37 Connor Hellebuyck G

 

3 Tucker Poolman D

7 Ben Chiarot D

8 Jacob Trouba D

9 Andrew Copp C

13 Brandon Tanev RW

15 Matt Hendricks C

16 Shawn Matthias LW

17 Adam Lowry C

18 Bryan Little C

25 Paul Stastny C

26 Blake Wheeler RW (C)

27 Nikolaj Ehlers LW

29 Patrik Laine RW

33 Dustin Byfuglien D (A)

39 Toby Enström D

40 Joel Armia RW

44 Josh Morrissey D

52 Jack Roslovic LW

55 Mark Scheifele C (A)

56 Marko Dano LW

57 Tyler Myers D

70 Joe Morrow D

81 Kyle Connor LW

85 Mathieu Perreault C

 

Head coach: Paul Maurice

Assistant coaches: Charlie Huddy, Jamie Kompon, Todd Woodcroft

Goalie coach: Wade Flaherty

Video coach: Matt Prefontaine

 

(lineups subject to change)

 

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Jason Bell

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