Jets overpower Predators, reach 1st conference finals

Home-ice advantage was no advantage in the matchup of the NHL's two best regular-season teams.

Paul Stastny and Mark Scheifele scored two goals each Thursday night, and the Winnipeg Jets won their first Game 7 since moving from Atlanta seven years ago, eliminating the Nashville Predators from the Western Conference semifinals with a 5-1 verdict at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

Tyler Myers also tallied for Winnipeg, while Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves, including 21 in the third period.

The Jets will host the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday night in Game 1 of the conference finals -- Winnipeg's first-ever trip to the third round of the NHL playoffs.

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CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 05: Gustav Forsling #42 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates out to the ice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on October 5, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 04: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins brings the Stanley Cup to the ice before to raising their 2017 championship banner prior to playing the St. Louis Blues at PPG PAINTS Arena on October 4, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 05: John Hayden #40 of the Chicago Blackhawks is tripped while shooting by Justin Schultz #4 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during the season opening game at the United Center on October 5, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - OCTOBER 12: Micheal Haley #18 of the Florida Panthers and Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues fight during a game at BB&T Center on October 12, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - OCTOBER 20: Joe Morrow #45, Carey Price #31, Jordie Benn #8 and Joe Morrow #45 of the Montreal Canadiens fight with Nick Ritchie #37 and Ondrej Kase #25 of the Anaheim Ducks during the first period of a game at Honda Center on October 20, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 26: Josh Jooris #19 of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nazem Kadri #43 of the Toronto Maple Leafs battle for the puck during the second period at the Air Canada Centre on October 26, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)
OTTAWA, ON - OCTOBER 30: Alex Galchenyuk #27 of the Montreal Canadiens shoots the puck past Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators in the second period at Canadian Tire Centre on October 30, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 08: The New York Rangers defend the net against the Boston Bruins during the third period at Madison Square Garden on November 8, 2017 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Bruins 4-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Christian Folin #5 of the Los Angeles Kings checks Danton Heinen #43 of the Boston Bruins during the second period at Staples Center on November 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, QC - DECEMBER 09: Patrick Maroon #19 of the Edmonton Oilers jumps in front of goaltender Antti Niemi #37 of the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 9, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Edmonton Oilers defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 11: Brock Nelson #29 of the New York Islanders scores at 2:36 of the first period against Braden Holtby #70 of the Washington Capitals at the Barclays Center on December 11, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - DECEMBER 12: Sergei Bobrovsky #72 of the Columbus Blue Jackets stops a shot from Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers as Alexander Wennberg #10 of the Columbus Blue Jackets attempts to clear the puck during the second period on December 12, 2017 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Edmonton defeated Columbus 7-2. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 19: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights blocks a Tampa Bay Lightning shot in the third period of their game at T-Mobile Arena on December 19, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights won 4-3. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 19: Adam Lowry #17 of the Winnipeg Jets celebrates after watching teammate Brandon Tanev #13 score a goal against of the Nashville Predators during final moments of the third period at Bridgestone Arena on December 19, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
CALGARY, AB - DECEMBER 22: Andrew Shaw #65 of the Montreal Canadiens checks Michael Stone #26 of the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on December 22, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 10: James van Riemsdyk #25 of the Toronto Maple Leafs scores on Craig Anderson #41 of the Ottawa Senators during the third period at the Air Canada Centre on January 10, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Members of the Senators from left to right are Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators, Thomas Chabot #72 of the Ottawa Senators, Anderson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau #44 of the Ottawa Senators (Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 22: Ryan Hartman #38 of the Chicago Blackhawks falls over the back of Alex Killorn #17 of the Tampa Bay Lightning at the United Center on January 22, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Lightning defeated the Blackhawks2-0. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, AB - JANUARY 25: Brandon Davidson #88 of the Edmonton Oilers celebrates his goal against the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place on January 25, 2018 in Edmonton, Canada. (Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 28: Yanni Gourde #37 of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Marco Scandella #6 of the Buffalo Sabres get in a fight during a game at Amalie Arena on February 28, 2018 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09: Jay Beagle #83 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the second period at Capital One Arena on February 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
ANNAPOLIS, MD - MARCH 03: John Carlson #74 of the Washington Capitals celebrates his goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the second period in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 12: Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates after scoring his 600th career goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at Capital One Arena on March 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Mar 9, 2018; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone (61) and goalie Mike Condon (1) are both taken down by a fall from Calgary Flames left wing Micheal Ferland (79) in the third period at Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 23, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson (36) is unable to make a save off a shot by New York Rangers right wing Rick Nash (not pictured) during the first quarter at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 23, 2018; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) checks Anaheim Ducks center Adam Henrique (14) into the boards during the second quarter at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 22, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Zach Hyman (11) tries to control the puck as he falls while battling with Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92) at Air Canada Centre. The Avalanche beat the Maple Leafs 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 20, 2018; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Winnipeg Jets center Bryan Little (18) scores against Calgary Flames goalie Mike Smith (41) during the shootout at Scotiabank Saddledome. The Jets won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Candice Ward-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Jan 31, 2018; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Travis Dermott (23) celebrates with team mates after scoring his first career NHL goal in the second period against New York Islanders at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Nov 19, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) can� make a save of a shot by Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson (not pictured) that goes in for a goal in the first period at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Oct 20, 2017; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Red Wings center Dylan Larkin (71) clears the puck as linesman Michel Cormier (76) jumps out of the way during the second period against the Washington Capitals at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Oct 28, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) checks Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown (23) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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P.K. Subban scored the only goal for the Predators, who became the ninth President's Trophy winner in the last 10 years to not win the Stanley Cup. Chicago was the only team to pull off the double in 2013, which was a lockout-shortened season.

Myers initiated the scoring at 8:41 of the first period with a wrister from the far right goal line that somehow squeezed between the post and goalie Pekka Rinne, his third of the playoffs. Stastny made it 2-0 at 10:47 with a rebound, also at a bad angle.

At that point, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette hooked Rinne for the third time in the series and inserted Juuse Saros. Rinne left with five saves on seven shots.

The move seemed to pay off for a while. Subban bombed home a one-timer on a power play at 15:54 of the first for his fourth goal of the series. Saros made a series of tough saves during the first 15 minutes of the second period, robbing Stastny at the doorstep.

However, steady Winnipeg pressure paid off at 17:50 of the second when Blake Wheeler teed up Scheifele in the left circle. Scheifele wired a wrister past Saros to restore a two-goal lead.

Stastny upped the margin to 4-1 with a man-advantage marker at 11:59 of the third period, and Scheifele tacked on his 11th goal of the postseason into an empty net at 17:27.

Scheifele scored seven goals in the series -- all in Nashville.

Saros stopped 14 of the 16 shots he faced.

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