The Jets will look to close out the series in Game 6 at home on Monday. Some will wear them while taking a sledgehammer to a junked plane parked just outside the arena's front doors.
Not only will they be facing elimination and a 3-1 series deficit against the Lightning, but they will have to try and keep their season alive for another game without the services of one of their top defenseman, Torey Krug. He has nine points in nine games against Winnipeg and is playing like a Norris Trophy candidate. And when P.K. Subban capitalized on a power play to give the Predators a 2-0 lead - a goal that temporarily silenced the boo birds at Bell MTS Place for the second consecutive game - Nashville battened down the hatches and suffocated the Jets through the middle of the ice. Subban was dominant throughout. Dustin Byfuglien found the net less than two minutes later after a nice feed from Brandon Tanev. Nikolaj Ehlers added two assists. It is the second successive game in which he has taken a consequential penalty.
Sidney Crosby - Pittsburgh's superstar centre had team-worst possession stats (7 for, 21 against, 25.0 CF%, 3-11 scoring chances) in a 6-3 Game Five loss at Washington. "He was a beast out there".
It was a much slower start to this game than Game Three. Rinne turned aside 32 of 33 shots he faced, including several key chances late in the game.
With the Jets leading 4-2, the Predators were hoping to get things going early in the third period, and Connor quickly made sure that wasn't going to happen.
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Krug's absence is going to be significant because he is such a big part of the team's offense. His shot deflected wide of the net but took a fortuitous bounce off the end boards and came right out into the crease where Mathieu Perreault punched it home.
Nashville shut the Winnipeg stars down with a near flawless effort in game four, but couldn't sustain that level of play beyond the first period of game five.
"True to Winnipeg's winning spirit, we at Winnipeg Harvest are absolutely thrilled at the outpouring of support from True North Sports + Entertainment and our community", said Keren Taylor-Hughes, executive director, Winnipeg Harvest. "It is what it is, we'll just go forward", Morrissey said. "We just got behind by a goal tonight and couldn't turn the switch". "We've had a bit of everything in this series and I guess I'd just expect more of the same the rest of the way", Morrissey said. The Predators are also outscoring opponents 8-0 with Watson on the ice in this post season.
He is back home in Nashville for a few days. "I don't know if he'd tell you it was on goal, but it ended up being a great save", Morrissey said Friday of the grand theft Pekka Rinne pulled on him the previous night during Game 4.
"Games are a lot more intense", Maurice said. "You have to play every game like it could be the swing game".