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Jets, facing elimination against Blues, calm heading to Game 6

Look to stay alive by continuing win-on-road trend in first-round series

by Scott Billeck / Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will try to keep their season alive against the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference First Round at Enterprise Center on Saturday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS2, FS-MW) by doing something that has never been done in Stanley Cup Playoff history.

If the Jets, who trail the series 3-2, can win Saturday, it would be the first time the road team has won each of the first six games in a best-of-7 NHL series.

"I think the only way to look at it is, if you can't flush it, our season is going to be done," Jets forward Andrew Copp said before they traveled to St. Louis on Friday. "No real choice there. Just flush it last night, this morning, and then kind of attack it and look forward to Game 6."


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When a best-of-7 series in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is tied 2-2, the winner of Game 5 has a series record of 205-55 (.788).

"It's 3-2," Copp said. "We've got to go into St. Louis and get a win."

Winnipeg lost Game 5 3-2 at home on Thursday after forward Jaden Schwartz scored the winning goal with 15 seconds remaining in the third period.

The Jets won Game 1 and 2 at St. Louis.

"I think just knowing that you can win games there, you can play well in that building," Winnipeg defenseman Jacob Trouba said. "I think no matter where, we're going to have that confidence."

Winnipeg faced elimination in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round last season at the Nashville Predators and won 5-1.

"Facing elimination can widen your eyes a little bit," Copp said. "I think you can just draw from that experience last year going into Game 7 in Nashville. We played our best game of the year. Everyone was going, the bench was right. Felt like everyone was pulling in the right direction.

"I feel like we've been at our best when our backs have been against the wall. Lean on that confidence from that and that experience too."

Trouba said, "As a hockey player, these are the games you kind of dream in playing when you're a kid. We've had a good year where we've made it to this point. We want to enjoy playing in that game. I mean, those are the fun games to play in. Those are the games you want to play in."

Jets coach Paul Maurice said he plans to impart a message of sticking to what they have done well in the series.

"You've got a whole other set of emotions, usually pretty wired," Maurice said. "But you don't want to get outside the game. Secret plays, killer plays, chances to break the game wide open five minutes into the first. You just go out and focus on playing, the details of the game."


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