The first period ended 0-0. The Predators hung with the Jets for the period.
The Predators entered the final period trailing, 6-2.
The Predators is a team that scored 117 points, first place in the Central Division. They had their work cut out for them to mount that large of deficit with the Jets. Their record was 53-18-11.
This Jets team took the fight to the Preds. They were moving the puck up and down the ice, skating like their skates were on fire through the neutral zone and finding the net six times.
It didn’t take long in the final period as Jets’ left-winger Kyle Connor struck again. He ended up scoring two goals and an assist.
Nashville got its first power play in the final period, and they needed to get some goals to say the least. When they failed on the one-man advantage, the curtain was about to come down on the Predators’ season.
The Jets scored, moving the game to 6-2 at 13:37 left in the game.
The Predators changed goalies after that and it was a sign that the Jets were obviously the better team.
Even 104.5 FM sports talker Markey Howard could argue.
It will take a miracle to win the series as the Jets move to home ice with a 3-2 game lead. The Jets will go home to Canada, having to win only one game to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs series.
Joe Biddle is a WKRN.com sports columnist. He is also a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.