Fiala likely to play for Predators in Game 5 against Jets

Nasvhillle Predators down Winnipeg Jets to even series 2-2

Forward Scott Hartnell took Fiala's place in Nashville's 2-1 win Thursday, but it appeared after the morning skate Saturday that Fiala would play. "I wish the first goal was the game victor". Cough up a 1-0 lead and lose in the final 5:00 of game five and they responded with a 5-0 series clinching victory in game six against the Avalanche.

Nashville opened the scoring with 2:40 left in the first when Hartman scored his second of the playoffs off a scramble in front.

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Game four in Winnipeg was maybe the best overall post season game this year for Pekka Rinne.

BC-HKN-Jets-Predators, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 794Jets rout Preds 6-2, grab 3-2 West semifinal leadAP Photo TNMH122, TNMH125, TNMH119, TNMH116, TNMH128, TNMH114, TNMH110, TNMH105, TNMH104Eds: Jets 6, Predators 2.

Ryan Hartman and P.K. Subban scored for the Predators. "They were OK. We got behind a goal and just couldn't turn the switch tonight".

The crowd was loud, but it did not turn out in their favor.

Perrault then banged home his first off a lucky bounce on a power play to end Rinne's night at 6:23. A 1-0 lead means nothing.

The period seemed to be slipping further away from Nashville when Viktor Arvidsson went to the box for slashing. He gets in front of the net and is hard to move around.

While not really at fault on any of the five goals he allowed in the Predators' 7-4 loss in Game 3, Rinne still rebounded in impressive fashion behind a team that played much better defensively and won the vast majority of the 50-50 battles. The Jets gained 14 high-danger chances in total during the game. They both had added motivation to show up big in Game 4.

Flying somewhat under the radar is that the series also features two of the three goaltenders nominated for the Vezina Trophy.

Not only will they be facing elimination and a 3-1 series deficit against the Lightning, but they will have to try and keep their season alive for another game without the services of one of their top defenseman, Torey Krug.

The Jets have scored on 23.6 percent of their power play opportunities this year, a mark that places it in the top-five among National Hockey League teams. The building was alive for the first time, but the clock was ticking.

After the Jets secured a insane 7-4 comeback victory in Game 3 on home ice - there were 25 goals scored between the clubs in the first three outings - the Predators battened down the hatches defensively in Game 4, stifling Winnipeg's speed through the neutral zone in a 2-1 win that evened the series.

The series returns to Nashville on Saturday with the teams tied at two games each.

Winnipeg center Bryan Little described his team's attempts to attack the Predators' defensive scheme as "skating into a wall".

He made a pivotal save on Mark Scheifele late in the third and it defined his game. He outplayed Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck, who was strong in his own right with 27 saves on 29 shots.

Good news for the Jets, as sniper Patrik Laine finally netted his first goal of this series, and first goal since game two of the series against Minnesota.

The three young stars for the Jets had terrific regular seasons and it has not been the same for the postseason.

Connor and Ehlers have a combined two points in the series and have been virtually nonexistent.

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