NASHVILLE – Nobody said it would be easy on the Winnipeg Jets.
After the Jets won the series opener to defeat the Presidents' Trophy, the jets failed to hold the top of the Nashville Predators line in Game 2.
Ryan's Predators trio Johansen, Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson, who were eliminated in Game 1 against the Jets, were just too much to handle in the 5-4 double overtime losses on Sunday.
Johansen scored twice, Arvidsson scored one goal and two assists, and Forsberg finished with three assistants the best-of-seven series in a game.
And after the jets were too late for overtime, Predators Kevin Fiala split a pass from Kyle Turris at 5:37 of the second extra period and even the series at 1
In the first round of the contest, Predators Forward Filip Forsberg made a nice play along the boards and found Ryan Johansen all alone in the slot and the first-line center buried his chance.
It was the first time in seven games during the playoffs that the Jets did not score the first goal of the game
Predators had a chance to extend the lead but the Jets could kill a small penalty for Captain Blake Wheeler.
During a four-on-four situation, the Jets leveled when defender Dustin Byfuglien shot through Legs Predator goalkeeper Pekka Rinne, who was sitting between the pipes again after the first game.
The Jets took the lead in the following Powerspiel, Mark Scheifele was 13:16 behind.  This gave the Jets goals that came 29 seconds apar, including two goals on six shots against Rinne.
The Jets almost made a two-goal lead a few moments later when Patrik Laine rattled a blow from the sentry's post.
The carnivores achieved their first power – the series' goal in the game to reach the points during the second period.
Thanks in part to a perfect jump-off by Arvidsson, Predators defender PK Subban was able to get his shot from the post and in and made it 2-2.
The Jets thought they had restored the lead at 13:46 of the second period when Andrew Copp scored a good chance of a rebound by Byfuglien
But the goal was immediately dismissed as the jet-striker Matt Hendricks Received Interference After Comparative Testing by Predator's Defender Matt Irwin
It was the second supporting role of the game for Hendricks and the fourth offensive zone of the game for the Jets.
With 1:19 in the period, Arvidsson ripped a Hellschuyck on the blocker side to bring the Predators back to the top.
Jets defender Ben Chiarot pinched the defensive blue line, but Forsberg chopped the puck past him to leave Arvidsson with an open lane to the net.
Jets forward Brandon Tanev scored his third goal of the playoffs at 5:11 of the third period to make it 3-3, but that only took 34 seconds when Johansen scored his second goal of the competition and fourth of the postseason a skillful individual effort.
Johansen used a big blast of speed to blow Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom and then seal his shot into Hellebuyck's side.
But with the Jets tugging the keeper in favor of an additional attacker, Captain Blake Wheeler found Scheifele alone on the back door for his second goal of the game.
The strike with 65 seconds in regulation sent the jets to overtime for the first time in the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2018.
With his eighth goal of this playoff, Scheifele in sole possession of top-ranked league, One outside Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Penguins left wing Jake Guentzel
"Mark's development has been exceptionally consistent," said Jets head coach Paul Maurice. "I worked in your profession a few years ago and was sent back to Junior for his last junior year, and the question on the podium was: Is Mark Scheifele in bankruptcy?" Because he did not come. He came in at 18 and 30 League and was a little forgotten.
"And then he came to the team for the first two or three years and we started up really and young so he was not noticed, they were good numbers, but they did not talk about Hart Trophy, so he just was not But he just keeps going to get better, and now he's emerging as a player that people need to notice. "
The Jets dressed the same lineup as in the opener, while the Predators made a front-for-front move Ryan Hartman in the fourth row for Miikka Salomaki
Hartman, who was acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks at the NHL-Trade Deadline for a first-round pick in 2018, was a healthy scratch in the two previous games after receiving a one-game suspension for his check on Colorado Avalanche forward Carl Soderberg.
PREDS PINCHING PRESENTS CHALLENGES
One thing that stands out early in this series is that the Predators defenders are not exactly active when they join the onslaught.
Through the first two games of the second round with the jets, the Predators Defense Corps did a good job of being aggressive and forcing its way along the wall.
It is important that you are in touch with your wingers, "said Jets Center's Adam Lowry. "We know that their (defense) is coming down the walls, and they get a lot of insult from their back end that comes in front of the long passports and pucks coming around the wall, so it's important that you're under the puck and you're an option, even if it's for a small punch in the middle, often they will not necessarily be pure breakouts against D. They almost have to go to the neutral zone and continue from there. "
Aggressiveness did not exactly surprise the jets.  "We knew this would happen, and many teams are now moving to this kind of system," said Jets defender Tyler Myers. "With such aggressive teams, simple games are usually the best and it's fine to play a puck.
" For the most part I thought we were pretty good at it. Much of it talks about it, communicates as much as possible with each other on the ice, talks about it on the bench and only finds ways to get better. "
Jets captain Blake Wheeler believes his team is well equipped to deal with what the Predators Defense Corps are throwing at them.
" As a winger, you invite the D to come down the wall because there is one Good opportunity for you to meet him halfway, "said Wheeler." They want to be aggressive, but it's a great opportunity for our winger players to be aggressive against them and seal this wall. Get a body in it. We created some odd man opportunities in the third phase (of Game 1), where D was aggressive and won (us) a fight on the wall. It's a good way for us to get two-to-one and three-to-two. "