Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Hoping to Keep an Even Keel in Game 4 after Dramatic Comeback

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Winnipeg Jets Hoping to Keep an Even Keel in Game 4 after Dramatic Comeback

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Winnipeg Jets looking to keep an even keel

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WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Jets managed to put a crushing double overtime loss in the rearview mirror.

Now they're hoping to do the same following a stunning comeback win.

The Jets lead their second-round playoff series with the Nashville Predators 2-1 after picking up a dramatic 7-4 victory in Tuesday's Game 3 despite trailing 3-0 after the first period.

Winnipeg stormed back with four goals -- including three in under three minutes -- at a deafening Bell MTS Place in the second. The Predators tied things 4-4 on a power play in the third, but the Jets got a late winner on a man advantage of their own before sealing it with two empty-net goals.

And much like the response to Nashville's 5-4 double OT win in Game 2 that evened the Western Conference semfinal 1-1, Winnipeg is hoping to park that emotional night and move forward.

"That's kind of been the theme we've been trying to talk about throughout the playoffs," Jets defenceman Josh Morrissey said Wednesday. "Momentum doesn't really carry over from game to game.

"Every night it's a new battle."

For many of the untested Jets, Tuesday showed things can change fast in playoff hockey with Game 4 set for Thursday.

"Maybe it doesn't matter if you're down 3-0 after the first, you can still win the game," said Winnipeg sniper Patrik Laine, who has yet to score in the series. "Momentum is going to change many times during the game and there are a lot of things that can happen.

"Just to remember to stay with it and play your game for 60 minutes and you'll always have a chance to win."

The Predators, meanwhile, will be looking to draw on the experience of making it to last season's Stanley Cup final as a way to recover from the shock of blowing that big lead.

"There's nothing we haven't seen," Nashville centre Ryan Johansen said. "Our focus is just on winning that next game, and then it's a best-of-three with two games in our building. We have a great opportunity (Thursday) to win a huge hockey game. …

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