Winnipeg Jets move closer to Western Conference Final

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The Winnipeg Jets are only one win away from advancing to the Western Conference Final in the 2018 National Hockey League Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Saturday at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, the Jets trounced the Predators 6-2 in game five of their second round playoff series. With the win, the Jets now have a three games to two lead in their best out of seven series.

Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler each recorded three point games for the Jets. Connor had two goals and one assist and Wheeler had three assists.

Three other Jets had multi-point games. Mark Scheifele of Kitchener, Ontario and Dustin Byfuglien each had a goal and an assist for two points. Nikolaj Ehlers had two assists. The other Jets goal scorers were Mathieu Perreault of Drummondville, Quebec and Paul Stastny.

Game six will be Monday at the Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg with game seven back at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville if necessary. The Jets and Predators winner will face the winner of the San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights in the Western Conference Final. The Golden Knights currently lead that series three games to two.

In the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning will face either the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference Final. On Sunday, the Lightning defeated the Boston Bruins 3-1 to win that second round playoff series 4-1. The Capitals currently lead the Penguins three games to two in the other Eastern Conference second round playoff series.



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