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Millard's Five Storylines: Game 6

Perreault-Hayes-Roslovic a strong trio heading into Game 6

by Daren Millard @darenmillard /

1. There's a saying. "It's not how you start but how you finish." That phrase is haunting the Jets right now as the third period has become Winnipeg's achilles heel. In the first five games of the series, the Blues have scored nine goals in the final period of regulation. Compare that to four by the Jets. Using the equation that determines a netminder's goals-against average, Connor Hellebuyck's third-period number is 5.40. However, while it hasn't received nearly as much attention,  Winnipeg has been spectacular over the first two periods of the series. Three times Hellebuyck has been perfect in the games opening forty minutes, surrendering just a single goal one other time. Hellebuyck's goals-against average in the 40 minutes to start, a stingy 1.20. That type of performance would suggest a much better fate than the Jets' occupy.  

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Jets remain poised ahead of crucial Game Six

Trouba: "You gotta be honest with yourself and know your back is against the wall and find a way to get the series back to Winnipeg."

by Daren Millard @darenmillard /

WINNIPEG - Most everyone has experienced the relief of waking up from a nightmare, able to take a deep breath knowing whatever had scared us, had not happened. Not so for Andrew Copp who opened his eyes with the reality of three games to two deficit staring he and his teammates in the face.  

"Waking up was a little tough this morning,"  admitted Andrew Copp on Friday afternoon.

"But you get breakfast, you get packed a little bit and you starting to look forward."   

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GAME DAY: Jets at Blues (Game 6)

6:00 pm CT - TV: CBC, SN; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

ST. LOUIS, Missouri - As a team, the Winnipeg Jets might be young, but the experience they gained during last year's playoffs could pay dividends tonight in Game 6 against the St. Louis Blues.

Winnipeg trails the best-of-seven series 3-2, but they know they can perform in big games, just as they did in Nashville in 2018 in Game 7.

Back on that night, the Jets were coming off a tough loss, just as they are tonight.

"We got beat 4-0 on an empty net in Game 6. It was that feeling 'we have to go back now.' Postgame it's a terrible place to be in that room," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "The next day, there is tension but you start to build. By the time we got to Game 7, we're going out there and they're smiling and they're excited. We're trying to recreate that now."

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Jets-Blues series living up to expectations

Copp: "I would say it's as tight (as I expected) and it feels like more than just a First Round matchup."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV / Winnipeg Jets

WINNIPEG - With the way Game 5 ended on Thursday night, the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues series became one of the more unique matchups in NHL history.

The Blues won 3-2 on a late goal from Jayden Schwartz and Jets fans left Bell MTS Place with another empty feeling. Winnipeg and St. Louis are now the fourth best-of-seven series in Stanley Cup Playoffs history in which the road team won each of the first five games. The others: the 1951 Semifinals (MTL-DET), 1995 Conference Finals (NJD-PHI) and 2004 Conference Finals (CGY-SJS). A best-of-seven Stanley Cup Playoffs series has never featured the road team winning each of the first six games.

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Jets can't hold off third period rally, fall to Blues in Game 5

Lowry, Hayes score for Jets; Hellebuyck makes 26 saves

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - For the fifth time in the series between the Winnipeg Jets and St. Louis Blues, the team that won the game trailed at some point during the course of regulation.

Unfortunately for the Winnipeg Jets, they were the victims of the comeback in Game 5.

Adam Lowry and Kevin Hayes gave the Jets a 2-0 lead through 20 minutes, but three third period goals from the visiting Blues - including the game-winner with 15 seconds left in regulation - gave St. Louis a 3-2 win, and a 3-2 series lead.

"It's 2-0 at home going into the third. Playoffs are a funny thing. You lose momentum and it can swing in a heartbeat," said Blake Wheeler. "It's all about how we manage the next 24 to 48 hours. We're a confident group, we know we can win a game."

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Laine's game continues to impress

Maurice: "Game 4 was the best game he has played as a Winnipeg Jet."

by Jamie Thomas @JamieThomasTV /

WINNIPEG - For nearly three years the Winnipeg Jets have been working on Patrik Laine's all round game - teaching him how he can be an effective player even when he doesn't score.

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Hellebuyck, Jets confident between the pipes

Hellebuyck: "I just need to continue battling, keep fighting... and you know, show everyone that I'm going to be the rock behind them."

by Daren Millard @darenmillard /

WINNIPEG - Paul Maurice didn't know it at the time, but in a meeting with the media 48 hours before the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Jets head coach foreshadowed the next seven days for Connor Hellebuyck.

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Millard's Five Storylines: Game 5

Scheifele vs. O'Reilly matchup an intriguing one

by Daren Millard @darenmillard /

1. The Jets scored first in Game 1 and lost. St.Louis did the same thing in both games at home. Each club has watched third-period leads on home ice turn into losses. The Blues won a series high 61 per cent of the face-offs in Game 4 but were somehow forced to chase the play for most of the final 47 minutes, outshot 34 - 21 after their quick start to the first period. So many of hockey's long-trusted indicators have not translated into the expected results in the first four games.   

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Today on JetsTV Live: Jets vs Blues (Game 5)

Coverage starts at 10:20 am CT across all digital platforms

by Staff @NHLJets /

The Winnipeg Jets host Game 5 of their opening round Stanley Cup Playoff series tonight at Bell MTS Place against the St. Louis Blues.

Jamie Thomas and Daren Milard begin today's episode of the JetsTV Live Pregame Show presented by Budweiser at 10:20 am CT. The Jets will look to take their first lead in the best of seven series which is tied at two wins apiece.

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GAME DAY: Jets vs Blues (Game 5)

7:30 pm CT - TV: CBC, SN; Radio: TSN 1290

by Mitchell Clinton @MitchellClinton /

WINNIPEG - In order for the Winnipeg Jets to take their first lead in the best-of-seven series with the St. Louis Blues, they'll have to do something neither squad has been able to do: win on home ice.

The Jets had the sixth best home record in the NHL during the regular season (and the best record on home ice in 2017-18). But so far in this series with the Blues, the visitors have had the edge at Bell MTS Place.

Still, that doesn't shake the confidence inside the Jets dressing room heading into Game 5 tonight.

"We have tons of confidence playing here," said defenceman Josh Morrissey. "Tonight, we're in a best-of-three series and two of those are at home. We'd like to be able to establish a good game at home tonight. We're not worried about the record in the past, it's a new night every night in the playoffs. We have to be ready for the challenge."

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