Scheifele leading the National Hockey League playoffs in goals

Scheifele leading the National Hockey League playoffs in goals

Whether it is players jawing at players, or fans howling at the opposing team, there is always an abundance of verbal jabs. It is harder still to beat the fans.

Given the Nashville roster includes the likes of Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Kyle Turris, Kevin Fiala might not have been the first name that jumped out when searching for a potential Predators hero. Home team is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and over is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.

Then on Sunday, Scheifele had two goals and one assist for three points in game two of the series, a 5-4 Nashville win in double overtime.

The Nashville Predators were the best team in hockey during the regular season but survived a late blown lead to avoid an 0-2 hole in round two thanks to their offense. You would think that the Preds would go in happy... but unfortunately, the discipline demon raised its' ugly head in the waning seconds. Jakub Vrana scored a power-play goal and Brett Connolly's breakaway tally gave Washington a three-goal cushion early in the second period. The line has registered nine goals and 10 assists in eight games.

It was a insane game from beginning to end.

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Pekka Rinne saved 38 of 43 shots in a losing cause.

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Only a few Jets took part in an optional skate on Monday, including injured players such as defenceman Dmitry Kulikov and forwards Joel Armia and Mathieu Perreault. It was originally ruled no goal, but the call overturned after a video review. With the arena still buzzing from the pregame festivities, the Preds made their very first shift count as Ryan Johansen blew the roof off the building with a pinpoint shot to the upper corner of the goal for a 1-nothing lead. The fans are loud.

The first overtime period was action packed, but featured no goals.

Subban tied it with a slap shot for Nashville's first power-play goal of the series and the Norris Trophy finalist's first goal this postseason at 5:04 of the second.

Ignoring boos that rained down on him each time he touched the puck, Subban put Nashville ahead 2-0 when he blasted a slapshot past Hellebuyck with 9:54 remaining in the first.

The other night I was holding my sleeping six-month-old daughter on my chest when Fiala scored his game-winner. In Sunday's 5-4 victory in double overtime, the Predators fiery defenceman logged almost 40 minutes. Not because the Predators aren't good enough to come back, but due to how good the Jets are. I remember when I was in college and Jerred Smithson scored an overtime goal against the Ducks in the playoffs. Fisher barely missed another when he bounced a puck off the right post. And while he did bang home a career-best 14 goals, Watson only registered 19 points in 76 games during the regular season.

Nashville needs to steal a victory on the road to regain their home ice advantage that they lost in the opening two games. The last time the Jets lost at home was February 27, against the Predators. That brought the sold-out crowd to life again, and Rinne settled down as well.