NASHVILLE Jonathan Marchessault Jersey , Tenn. (AP) Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has years of postseason experience, including a couple Game 7s and a Stanley Cup Final.Connor Hellebuyck has the Winnipeg Jets on the verge of their first Western Conference final in his first playoff appearance, and the best comparison he can make to the looming Game 7 in Nashville is playing for Hockey East championships back in college.”I have yet to be scored on in one, so I like those odds,” Hellebuyck said. ”This has nothing to do with that. This is whole new level and you’ve just got to get into the game as much as you can.”Nobody has reflected the roller-coaster ride of this thrilling Western Conference semifinal between the NHL’s top two teams in the regular season than their Vezina Trophy finalists. Rinne has been pulled from not one but two games – both on his own ice – before staving off elimination in Game 6 with his second shutout this postseason.”When you think about Game 7, as a team, as an individual, you’re just going to give it all and do your best and do it as a team and trust your teammates,” Rinne said Wednesday. ”I think that’s the best formula and focus on your own team.”Hellebuyck’s stats include a 2-1 record in Nashville in this series, which ends Thursday night (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN) in the only Game 7 of the second round this postseason. Hellebuyck gave up three goals in a 4-0 home loss Monday night , turning this into a winner-take-all game for the right to play Vegas in the conference final.”We know it’s all on the line, and nothing in the past is going to bother us,” Hellebuyck said. ”We can’t let it. This is going to be the most fun game we’re going to play and I think a lot of us are going to enjoy ourselves.”RESTED RINNEA Justin Timberlake concert Wednesday night pushed Game 7 to Thursday night, giving the 35-year-old Rinne two days of rest. During the regular season, the Predators goalie went 11-3 with a 1.99 goals-against average and .936 save percentage during the season when he got two days to rest between games. ”It’s nice to have that extra day,” Rinne said.EDGE IN EXPERIENCEThe eventual Stanley Cup champion in each of the past five seasons has won a Game 7 along the way. This is the Predators’ third Game 7. The Jets will become the 29th active NHL franchise to play a Game 7 on Thursday night. Nashville is among both the 14 teams to win their first Game 7 and the 10 who did that on the road Marc-Andre Fleury Jersey , beating Anaheim in 2016 to clinch a first-round series.Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, 5-2 in Game 7s, is one of only four NHL coaches to win a Game 7 in each of four different playoff rounds (Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and John Tortorella). He also has 20 Predators who have at least one Game 7 on their resume. Jets coach Paul Maurice is 2-0 himself, though only eight of his Jets have played in a Game 7.RAZOR-THIN SERIESNashville finished only three points (117) ahead of Winnipeg (114) for the Presidents’ Trophy, and this series has been about as close as possible. The Jets have more goals (22-18), while Nashville has more shots on goal (217-213). But even-strength shot attempts are 338 apiece with each team blocking 97 shots. The Predators have only three more hits (144-141).TOP LINE MATTERSNashville’s JOFA line of Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson combined for eight points in keeping the Predators alive with a 4-0 win in Game 6. Winnipeg’s top line of Blake Wheeler, Kyle Connor and Mark Scheifele had eight points in Game 5.”It’s the final game for one team,” Jets coach Paul Maurice said. ”So, there’s lot of emotion, lots of excitement. But there’s definitely a calmness to it. There’s a finality coming. It brings out the best I think.”THE DREAM GAME”Ever since I started playing hockey, I was five years old, you put yourself in that position where you play a Game 7 in the playoffs,” Jets forward Mathieu Perrault said. ”This is what we play for. So this should be the most fun we’ve had all year.”— ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew Cogliano was in the right place at the right time for the Anaheim Ducks.Ben Street and Cogliano scored third-period goals, Ryan Miller made 29 saves, and the Ducks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday night.Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks Nate Schmidt Jersey , who won for the third straight time at Enterprise Center and matched a franchise-best winning streak at St. Louis from Dec. 21, 2005, to March 31. 2007.“I got on the forecheck and I think someone turned it over,” Cogliano said of his first goal of the season. “I was able to just get to the net and (Ryan Kessler) made a quick play at the net, and I was able to bang one in.”Alexander Steen and Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues, and Vladimir Tarasenko had a pair of assists. Chad Johnson made 28 saves in his debut for St. Louis, which fell to 1-2-2 to start the season.“Nowadays you’ve got to get people in front of the net, you’ve got to get deflections on goalies and they’re a good team of doing that,” Johnson said. “They’ve always been known to get bodies to the net and they did that tonight.”Street erased a 2-1 deficit for the Ducks at 7:16 of the third period, tipping a Josh Manson shot from the point past Johnson.Cogliano chipped in the eventual game-winner with 5:16 left, beating Johnson between his pads with one second remaining on an Anaheim power play.“I don’t think I was meant to be out there on the power play,” Cogliano joked. “I think I just snuck out there. I got the power play average up. They should be thanking me.”Ducks coach Randy Carlyle thought putting Cogliano’s line on the ice might provide a jolt.“We didn’t look very good,” Carlyle said. “We just put their line out, 18 seconds left and they found a way to get one. It was good to see and it’s a difference-maker.”Silfverberg’s team-high third goal of the season gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 1:39 left in the first. Max Comtois’ outlet pass sprung Silverberg on a breakaway as he split the Blues’ defensive pairing of Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko and beat Johnson with a wrist shot over his glove.Steen’s goal midway through the second period for the Blues tied the game at 1-1. After sustained pressure, Steen deflected a shot by Edmundson between the circles past Miller.“Right now, there’s just some individual or immature mistakes that we’re making, not just the ones that end up in our net http://www.goldenknightsshoponline.com/authentic-oscar-dansk-jersey , but the ones that give them a little fuel,” Steen said. “It’s something, obviously, we’re going to have to clean up.”Bozak’s power play goal, his first as a Blue, made it 2-1 with 4:08 left in the second. It was the Blues’ fourth power-play goal in their last seven games.Miller came up with several big saves in the third period, including two stops on a late rush by Tarasenko and Braden Schenn.“I felt good as we went,” Miller said. “I felt like I was skating a little bit better than in preseason. I’ve been trying to work on that. I was able to stay in the shooting lanes, something else I’ve been working on.”NOTES: Blues D Robert Bortuzzo left the game with a lower body injury after playing just 5:33. … Blues LW Jaden Schwartz missed his season straight game with a lower body injury. … Miller, who made his first start this season in goal for the Ducks, played 19 games for the Blues at the end of the 2013-14 season. … Aside from Schwartz, the Blues scratched RW Chris Thorburn and D Jakub Jerabek. The Ducks scratched D Luke Schenn, RW Carter Rowney and C Joseph Blandisi.UP NEXTAnaheim: Hosts the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.St. Louis: Visits Montreal on Wednesday night.
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