Connor Hellebuyck was heavily dominant in Game 7 stopping 36/37 shots as the Winnipeg Jets advanced to the Western Conference final with a 5-1 win in Nashville. The Winnipeg Jets won 3 games in Nashville.
Winnipeg holds home ice throughout the rest of the Stanley Cup playoffs and will host the Las Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow night in Winnipeg. During the regular season, Las Vegas won 2 out of 3 against Winnipeg.
Mark Scheifele scored 2 goals with the crucial 2nd period goal and the empty netter. Scheifele now has 11 goals in the playoffs, more than any other NHL player.
Paul Stastny also had 2 goals. His backhand goal in the 1st period sent Pekka Rinne to the bench. Tyler Myers got an awkward goal to start the scoring.
Winnipeg outscored Nashville 24-19 in the series. The Jets won the odd games in the series: 1, 3, 5, 7.
The Winnipeg Jets didn't get a single power play in Game 1 of the Nashville series. The referees called some borderline calls for Nashville. The Jets didn't get a power play until 8:28 left in the 3rd period. The egregious trip against Jacob Trouba with 12 minutes left in the 3rd period was so bad even the NBCSN announcers noticed.
P.K. Subban was known for diving at times with Montréal. Clearly Subban dived on the second penalty in the 1st period. The Canadian coverage showed that. Don Cherry pointed that out on Coach's Corner. The NBCSN coverage didn't even consider that as an afterthought.
Cathy Mullins sang the old words to O Canada before Game 7. We haven't had access to every O Canada in the playoffs but every other one aired on U.S. TV had the new lyrics. The only previous miscue your humble narrator has encountered was a late season Winnipeg game in Chicago where the Hawks guy switched to the old lyrics.
Las Vegas should be on notice to not mess this up. Greg Bartholomew sang this O Canada version with very wrong lyrics and music before a Las Vegas Posse game against Saskatchewan in 1994.
The Winnipeg Jets make their debut on NBC. The over-the-air network will carry Game 1 and a Game 5 if needed with NBCSN covering the other games. The start times are reasonably normal with 2 potential 9 pm starts, both out West.
We don't have an official crew for the Winnipeg series. The prediction is Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, and Brian Boucher. Micheletti called Game 3 with his brother and Game 4, both in Minnesota, in the first round.
You had a huge crowd inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg and a crowd outside the arena in Winnipeg. NBCSN didn't show any of that excitement.
CBC will carry every single game in both series. Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson along with Scott Oake will follow the Winnipeg Jets. Paul Romanuk and Garry Galley along with Kyle Bukaskas will handle the Eastern Conference final with Washington and Tampa Bay.
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