Kevin Fiala came into play on Sunday with an overtime goal in his career. He leaves for Winnipeg in a second.
The Nashville Predators striker sank the winner against the Jets in Game 2, took a feed from Craig Smith, pulled away goalkeeper Connor Hellebuyck and danced around him dropping the puck at 5:37 the second Overtime period for the 5-4 victory, which equals their second round.
"Huge" Nashville center Ryan Johansen said of Fiala's OT Tally to CBC's Scott Oake. "This kid … the kid comes up in big moments, he did it last year and did it again tonight, you need this time of the year, you need people to take their game to another level and that kid He knows how to do it. "
Fiala also played the hero in the postseason 201
For Fiala and the Predators, there was little panic in the jumbled end-to-end action of the overtime action as they traded chances with the Jets.
"We have character," he told NBC's Brian Boucher. "We've done it before, we have great faith in our group and what we can do is a great win for us."
Winnipeg striker Mark Scheifele shot the game into extra time and scored in the Additional time with 1:05 in injury time a Blake Wheeler bet into the net behind Predator goalkeeper Pekka Rinne. Scheifele ended the night with three points and tied with eight goals for the league leaders in the league.
The Predators celebrated a good night with Filip Forsberg (three assists), Viktor Arvidsson (goal, two assists) and Johansen (two goals), who scored eight points on points without a point in Game 1.
Johansen scored the first hit: 27 after falling to Puck, but at 29 seconds from Dustin Byfuglien and Scheifele brought in the middle of the first period of Winnipeg in the front. P. K. Subban equalized the score with a power play blast at 5:04 of the second period and Arvidsson added his third to the playoffs at 18:41. Jets striker Brandon Tanev scored a 3-3 game in the third half, but Johansen responded 34 seconds later at 5:45 to bring the Predators back into the lead. Thus, Scheifele was able to send the game into overtime, were prepared for the players from Nashville.
"Only play with confidence, have calm and stance with the puck," said Johansen about the overtime. "Stick to the details, make sure you focus on the details, because you never know which game will make the difference, our guys have found a way to make it this evening."
In A series between two of the NHL's best regular season teams ready to go the distance, the details will be huge. Expect another hard-fought bum-and-bruised matchup in Game 3 in Winnipeg on Tuesday.
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CAPITALS 4, PINGUINS 1
In Game 1, the Capitals jumped 2-0 ahead of the Penguins, only to see how things fell apart in a 3-2 loss. The second matchup of the series had a similar start: Alex Ovechkin and Jakub Vrana scored in the first half to bring the caps into the lead and this time they remained thanks to the outstanding goalkeeper of Braden Holtby. Brett Connolly scored a third goal before Kris Letang scored the opening goal for Pittsburgh in the second half. In the third half there was controversy when the referee Patric Hornqvist waved off from the top of the gate backed by league review. There were no definite angles to the call on the ice, so the penguins still had two goals behind them. "My thought was that it was 100% a goal" said Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan "that's how we saw it, so we respectfully agree with the league and its decision."
"I have it never seen down the line, "said Holtby to NBC's Pierre McGuire. "I really had no idea what happened."
Holtby continued to rise as Pittsburgh pushed through the late minutes and ended the afternoon with 32 saves. Penguin goalkeeper Matt Murray made 28 stops in defeat.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom added a blank-nicer in the final seconds of the game for the final score. The teams will play for the series on Tuesday as things move to Pittsburgh for Match 3.
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HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Kevin Fiala combined the drama of the double OT with the beauty of a refined finish to send home the Nashville fans happily, albeit a little after Sunday.
1st Braden Holtby, WSH – After a few weeks of uncertainty, the Capitals have their Star Goalie back in top shape, and it could be a big problem for the Penguins.
. 2 Viktor Arvidsson, NSH – His stat line (1G, 2A) does not tell the whole story. He was in Connor Hellebuyck's face all night, causing devastation in front of the bow.
. 3 Mark Scheifele, WPG – The 25-year-old striker continued his postseason tears with another three points (2G, 1A), which earned him more points in each of his last four games.