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Rinne, Predators stay alive with shutout win against Jets in Game 6

Makes 34 saves to tie series; Forsberg, Arvidsson each scores two goals

by Scott Billeck / NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Pekka Rinne made 34 saves to help the Nashville Predators avoid elimination with a 4-0 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Winnipeg Jets at Bell MTS Place on Monday.

 

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The best-of-7 series is tied 3-3. Game 7 is at Nashville on Thursday.

"We knew right after [Game 5] that we're built for this," Predators defenseman P.K. Subban said. "We're built to come on the road and win big games. That's a championship effort tonight. I can't say enough about this group. It's the best group of guys I've ever played with."

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm6: Forsberg gets new stick, pots goal

It was Rinne's second shutout of the Stanley Cup Playoffs; the other came in Game 6 of the first round against the Colorado Avalanche on April 22. Viktor Arvidsson had two goals and an assist, and Filip Forsberg scored two goals for the Predators, who have not lost back-to-back games in the postseason.

"[It felt] like desperation," Rinne said. "Obviously, we realized the situation. I feel like we worked way too hard and way too long and built this team together. I think it just shows that we have a really tight group here and you want to play for your teammate, and that's how I see it. I feel like it was a desperate effort and just play for each other, and we knew that we needed to improve and we did it as a team."

Connor Hellebuyck made 25 saves for the Jets, who went 0-for-4 on the power play.

"[Paul Stastny] was right on the doorstep, guy made a great save. We had some good chances," Winnipeg captain Blake Wheeler said. "[Mark Scheifele] has a nice one in the slot there. Obviously, our power play is a results-driven power play. We're used to getting at least one (goal) when we get four chances. It just didn't go right tonight."

Arvidsson scored 1:02 into the game to make it 1-0, redirecting a Roman Josi shot while he was falling to the ice. The goal initially was waved off for Arvidsson playing the puck with a high stick, but the call on the ice was overturned following video review.

Forsberg made it 2-0 at 8:16 of the second period. After breaking his stick, he picked up a new one from the Predators bench, fended off Jets defenseman Ben Chiarot, and scored during a delayed penalty.

"To be honest with you, it's the most fun you can do," Forsberg said. "You can never have more fun than playing these elimination games and Stanley Cup Playoffs and just try to enjoy it as much as possible."

Forsberg scored his second of the game at 5:55 of the third period to make it 3-0. He was tripped in front of the net but got back on his skates, played the puck between his legs, and shot it past Hellebuyck.

Arvidsson scored his second of the game into an empty net at 15:58 to make it 4-0.

"It's only 3-3 [in the series] and we still have a chance," Jets forward Patrik Laine said. "Nothing is gone, and, I mean, we had a chance today and couldn't take it and we're going to have another chance on Thursday, so we've just to look forward and try to do better."

Predators forward Mike Fisher did not play after the first period because of an undisclosed injury.

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm6: Rinne posts shutout in Game 6

 

Goal of the game

Arvidsson's goal 1:02 into the first period.

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm6: Arvidsson gives Preds an early lead

 

Saves of the game

Rinne stopping Stastny at 15:16 and 15:17 of the first period.

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm6: Rinne denies Stastny twice

 

Highlight of the game

Forsberg's goal at 5:55 of the third period.

Video: NSH@WPG, Gm6: Forsberg goes through legs for goal

 

They said it

"You see the way he gets banged around out there, and he just keeps going. He goes to the hard areas and makes the tough plays, but that's not new. That's not just because it's a big game. I said the other day, it's the makeup of who he is. He plays the game hard and he plays it fearless. That's what makes him special." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on forward Viktor Arvidsson

 

"This isn't, 'Hey, let's really try hard now. It's Game 7.' I get it. It's frustrating. It's painful. You were right there. It's an elimination game. There have been an awful lot of seven-game series that have happened in the history of the National Hockey League, and somebody was up 3-2 in every single one of them. They were good on the road, we were good in our last game. It's gonna be a [heck] of a game." -- Jets coach Paul Maurice

 

Need to know

Rinne is the first goalie in Predators history with a shutout in an elimination game. ... Arvidsson and Forsberg are the first Nashville teammates to each score two goals in an elimination game since David Legwand and Joel Ward in Game 5 of the 2011 Western Conference Semifinals against the Vancouver Canucks, a 4-3 win.

 

What's next

Game 7 of Western Conference Second Round at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS)

 

Video: Predators shut out Jets to force Game 7

 

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