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The details and adjustments behind the Jets' historic Game 7 victory

The details and adjustments behind the Jets' historic Game 7 victory”

Now, the Jets and the Golden Knights move on to duke it out in the Western Conference Finals. Vegas took two of the three meetings between these teams in the regular season. They began the season having won eight of their first nine games and haven't looked back since. "And then, wake up and get ready for a big game on Saturday". Winnipeg joined the Toronto Maple Leafs, who did it against Detroit in the 1945 Final to capture the Stanley Cup. Incredible. In their clinching game against the Sharks, they won by a score of 3-0 and that was their 4th shutout of the postseason so far. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Jets are the fourth team in National Hockey League history to earn at least three road wins in a series each by a margin of at least three goals. The Golden Knights outscored the Kings 7-2 with a pair of shutouts in a defense dominated series.

That's as close as they would come as Mark Scheifele scored his first of two on the night late in the second period to give the Jets some insurance heading into the third period.

They knew when they were going to be playing game one. That set up a meeting between the Jets and Predators, who both had the most points in the league and the series did not disappoint as it went the full seven games.

Tyler Myers and ex-Blue Paul Stastny scored 2:06 apart in the first period, and the Jets stunned the host Nashville Predators 5-1 on Thursday night in their first Game 7 - continuing an incredible run for a team swept in its previous two playoff appearances. "But that's a hard thing to do, to get out on the road.to play well in here as consistently as we did, it's impressive".

The potent Jets offense saw Paul Stastny and Mark Scheifele score two times each with Tyler Myers joining the scoring column.

And Connor Hellebuyck, the 5th round pick from 2012, was solid in net yet again for Winnipeg, knocking aside 36 shots on the night. During the regular season, he was 44-20 with a 2.36 GAA and a.924 save percentage overall, including 30-7 with a 2.31 GAA and a.921 save percentage here at home.

The win sets up a third-round matchup against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Winnipeg has been a decent offensive team in the playoffs as they come in ranked 5th in scoring at 3.17 gpg, while also ranking 10th in shots taken (31.8 spg) and 8th in power play conversions, converting on 22.6% of their chances. Only Saros making save after save kept it 2-1 until Scheifele's snap shot for his 10th goal this postseason from the left circle with 2:10 left in the period.

"A year in a goalie's life makes such a big difference", Jets coach Paul Maurice said of his 24-year-old goalie.

This is a very quick turnaround for the Jets who just played on Thursday and have no time to rest and recover from a long physical series. "I don't think I've heard a negative comment in seven years".

The best-of-seven series opens Saturday night in Winnipeg at 6 p.m. and the Jets will have home ice advantage for the first two games in the series. I feel that all the edges point to the Golden Knights in this one and they should walk away with a hard-fought game one win.



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