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Predators defeat Jets in Game 4 to tie Western series

Rinne makes 32 saves, Subban scores again for Nashville

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Pekka Rinne made 32 saves to help the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win against the Winnipeg Jets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Second Round at Bell MTS Place on Thursday.

The best-of-7 series is tied 2-2. Game 5 is at Nashville on Saturday.


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Patrik Laine's power-play goal ended Rinne's shutout at 19:09 of the third period. It was Laine's first goal since April 13.

"Something we really focused on [was] playing solid defensively, which we did," Rinne said. "Amazing team effort, we played a really solid game throughout the 60 minutes and obviously big win for us."

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm4: Hartman roofs puck to open scoring

Ryan Hartman and P.K Subban scored for the Predators, who have yet to lose back-to-back games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I think the biggest thing is we had full commitment through our lineup to play defense," Subban said. "In our zone when bounces didn't go our way, we worked the puck out of the zone. We got in the neutral zone, we got pucks deep, we forechecked when we needed to and we paid attention to the details."

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves for Winnipeg, which lost at home for the first time since Feb. 27, a 6-5 loss to Nashville.

"Your goal on the road is to definitely steal one," Hellebuyck said. "We did our job, they did their job. There's a reason we're 1 and 2 in the West. It's two good teams going at it. You've got to expect this is going to be a battle right to the end."

Hartman scored his second of the playoffs at 17:20 of the first period when he collected a loose puck in the slot and sent a shot over Hellebuyck's glove hand.

"Everything they touched ... they were working that high flipper pretty good and then we're just skating into a wall again," Jets forward Bryan Little said. "We've got to find a way to beat that."

Subban pushed the Predators lead to 2-0 on the power play at 14:36 of the second period. Subban has a three-game goal streak.

"He's got a bomb, and he lets it go with time and space," Predators forward Scott Hartnell said of Subban. "He's really accurate with it too. He's scored a lot of goals this year and created a lot of opportunities for our forwards with rebounds, tips, screens, things like that."

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm4: Laine wires home wrister for PPG


Goal of the game

Subban's goal at 14:36 of the second period.

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm4: Subban blasts one-timer in for PPG


Save of the game

Rinne against Josh Morrissey at 7:52 of the first period.

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm4: Rinne robs Morrissey with knob of stick


Highlight of the game

Rinne's and Roman Josi's save at 11:56 of the third period.

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm4: Rinne, Josi turn away Jets in 3rd


They said it

"I thought probably first and foremost, I just thought our attitude was right. Kind of feel it this morning in the skate, in the meetings. I thought we just competed a little bit harder. We were a little smarter with our game but competed a little bit harder as well." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette


"Nothing, we don't change anything. I think our group has responded all year long, and not for a second did we think coming into this series we were going to breeze through it. We expected it to be a battle, and throughout this whole thing there's going to be learning experiences and ups and downs. It's how you respond to it. We've responded incredibly well all year. It has not been an easy year - a lot of adversity all year - and we've answered the bell every single time, so I'm excited about Game 5." -- Jets captain Blake Wheeler


Need to know

Hartnell replaced forward Kevin Fiala, who was a healthy scratch. Fiala scored in double overtime in Game 2. … Predators forwards Filip Forsberg (one goal, five assists) and Ryan Johansen (two goals, three assists) extended their point streaks to three games with assists on Subban's goal. … Predators defenseman Yannick Weber returned after missing 17 games because of an upper-body injury. … Jets forward Joel Armia returned after missing three games with an upper-body injury.


What's next

Game 5 of Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Saturday (9:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, HNIC, TVAS)


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