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Jets fighting to stay alive in bizarre series with Blues
Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues
- The series has seen all five games won by the visiting team, with four of them one-goal affairs. In the third period and overtime in the series, the visitors have outscored the home teams by a combined 11-3.
- The Jets are 6-3 in their last nine postseason road games, outscoring the opposition by a combined 33-20. In the two games in St. Louis in this series, Winnipeg has allowed the opening goal in both games but rebounded to tie the score within seven minutes.
- The Blues look to avoid a third straight home defeat, something the team has not done in postseason play since a four-game streak that spanned from 2004 through 2012. St. Louis has dropped three home games in a single playoff series twice in team history: 1995 versus Vancouver and '98 against Detroit.
- Dustin Byfuglien has six points in the series, tied for second among defensemen in the 2019 playoffs. With 20 goals and 28 assists, Byfuglien is one of three active defensemen with 20 or more goals and 25-plus assists in his postseason career, joining Kris Letang and Brent Seabrook.
- Alex Pietrangelo leads the Blues with five assists in the series; he managed only four assists in 11 games in St. Louis' last trip to the postseason, in 1997. Pietrangelo ranks fourth all-time among Blues defensemen with 27 playoff assists, one behind third-place Jeff Brown
- With a victory in Game 6, the Blues would capture a playoff series in fewer than seven games for only the second time in the last seven seasons (defeated Minnesota in the first round two years ago). The Jets franchise is 1-4 all-time when facing postseason elimination, winning only in Nashville in a Game 7 in last year's second round.
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Road warriors or comeback kings?
When it comes to the St. Louis Blues and Winnipeg Jets in their first-round Western Conference playoff series, both monikers can apply.
The Blues hold a 3-2 series edge heading into Game 6 Saturday in St. Louis.
In most cases, that would make the Blues a prohibitive favorite, especially if they get a lead.
Not in this series.
The road team has won each of the first five games of the series thus far, the first time in 15 years that's happened and just the fourth time in NHL history. No best-of-seven series has ever had the visitors win each of the first six games.
Additionally, each game has featured the winning team overcoming a deficit, only the 10th playoff series in which that has happened through five or more games.
The Blues won Game 5 by a 3-2 margin Thursday in Winnipeg, overcoming a two-goal deficit in the third period and getting the winner from Jaden Schwartz with 15 seconds remaining in regulation. Schwartz batted a no-look saucer pass from Tyler Bozak out of midair and into the net.
"We're just staying with it," Schwartz told NHL.com. "We believe in each other, we believe in the system, and we work as a team. When the team has success, we know that we all get rewarded. We're all playing the same, we're working hard, we're tight defensively, and the power play had a big goal to give us momentum.
"This whole series is so tight. You just never know right now with the bounces that are happening."
Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck had a different take on the winning goal.
"Lucky pinballs," Hellebuyck told NHL.com. "The puck just bounced and ended up right on their tape. Tough to eat that one, but I thought we were the better team. If we keep fighting here, it's not over."
Jets captain Blake Wheeler was philosophical heading into Game 6.
"No different than being down 0-2," Wheeler told NHL.com, referencing the hole the Jets were in before winning Games 3 and 4. "Happens all the time, man. Gotta win a hockey game. Won almost a hundred of them the last two years, so we're confident we can do that."
Added teammate Kevin Hayes to the Winnipeg Sun: "We've been down before and I'm sure the guys will come back and regroup. We've got to stay positive in this room. We've been down before in this series and we'll have a good game next game.
"If we lose, we're done. That's enough motivation. Game 6 will be our best game."
Blues goalie Jordan Binnington made 29 saves in Game 5, blanking the Jets after allowing two goals in the opening 13:35.
"That's important, right? My job is to give the team a chance to win. Obviously, (Winnipeg) got out to an early lead, and I kind of had to shut the door from there on out," Binnington told NHL.com. "It wasn't easy, and the boys really helped me out and battled. The penalty kill was outstanding, and it was a great team effort for pretty much 60 minutes."
Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers left Game 5 in the final minute after blocking a shot from Blues defenseman Colton Parayko with his foot. Ehlers' status for Game 6 is uncertain, with the Sun reporting he will be a game-time decision.
-- Field Level Media
Updated April 20, 2019