Jeannot scores winner as Preds edge Jets 2-1 in goalie duel

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In a thoroughly entertaining conflict betwixt the 2 goalies representing the Central Division astatine adjacent month’s All-Star Game successful Florida, it was Juuse Saros getting the amended of Connor Hellebuyck arsenic the Predators got past the Jets 2-1 successful Nashville Tuesday night.

Dreams of a goaltender duel seemed to instrumentality a deed aboriginal successful the archetypal play erstwhile Pierre-Luc Dubois scored conscionable 48 seconds in, finishing disconnected a large cross-ice walk from Cole Perfetti.

But the keepers settled successful arsenic the archetypal went along. Both sides had respective large chances arsenic the teams astatine 1 constituent played astir 9 consecutive minutes of hockey without a whistle.

Winnipeg held onto their 1-0 pb done the first, having outshot the Preds 15-13 successful the opening 20 minutes, but the location broadside flipped the tables successful the second.

Nashville dominated the mediate frame, outshooting Winnipeg 18-5 and Hellebuyck did each helium could to support the expanse clean.

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The shutout bid ended astatine the 13:49 people of the 2nd erstwhile a Roman Josi constituent changeable deflected disconnected Winnipegger Cody Glass and done Hellebuyck to level the score.

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The Predators held a 31-20 changeable borderline done 40 minutes but the people remained knotted astatine one.

Winnipeg came retired of the gates stronger successful the 3rd but Nashville recovered the go-ahead extremity little than six minutes in.

After the Jets failed to wide the puck, Tommy Novak skated into the slot and fired a changeable wide of the nett but Tanner Jeannot picked up the puck down the nett and bushed Hellebuyck connected a wraparound to enactment the Preds successful beforehand for the archetypal time.

It was Jeannot’s archetypal extremity since Oct. 27.

Both teams had respective opportunities to people but some Hellebuyck and Saros brought their A-game arsenic the minutes ticked disconnected the clock.

Winnipeg pulled the goalie with 2 minutes near to effort and propulsion for the equalizer. Nashville had a large accidental to extremity it with an empty-netter but Josh Morrissey blocked a Mikael Granlund changeable from the faceoff dot to support his squad alive.

But the Jets were incapable to get 1 past Saros. Both Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers deed the crossbar successful the waning minutes but Nashville escaped with a 2-1 victory.

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Hellebuyck was outstanding successful the game, turning speech 39 shots successful the nonaccomplishment portion Saros stopped 32 shots to adjacent the play bid astatine a crippled apiece.

The Jets reason their longest roadworthy travel of the play with 2 wins successful 5 games arsenic they instrumentality location to big the Sabres connected Thursday. Pregame sum connected 680 CJOB begins astatine 5 p.m. with crippled enactment starting conscionable aft 7 p.m.

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