The focus was renewed, the defensive effort was reinvigorated and the Nashville Predators put on a defensive clinic in a 2-1 victory in Game 4 at Bell MTS Place on Thursday night.
Goaltender Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and P.K. Subban slapped home the game-winner in the second period as Nashville built a 2-0 lead while keeping the Winnipeg Jets' red-hot offense discombobulated. The victory evens Nashville's series with the Winnipeg at 2-2 and creates a best-of-three with two of the remaining games at Bridgestone Arena.
After allowing 13 goals (not counting two empty-netters) in the first three games, Nashville's identity - one that's built from the net out with excellent defense - was fading. The messaging going into Game 4 was simple: tight gap control between defenders and Jets' shooters, physicality and simple clears out of the D zone.
And that was exactly what the Predators did.