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Greatest Games: Winnipeg Jets – The Last Tango In Winnipeg

The Jets spotted the Predators a three-goal lead in the playoffs, then roared back as ‘Big Buff’ boogied.

No. 1 –May 1, 2018 – Winnipeg 7, Nashville 4

As the Jets skated off the ice at the end of the first period, one of the loudest barns in the NHL was eerily quiet. The Predators had silenced the crowd with three unanswered tallies in the opening frame, and the deep hole the Jets had dug for themselves in Game 3 of their second-round matchup against one of the best defensive units in the league – not to mention a Stanley Cup favorite – had left the Winnipeg faithful wondering if the tide in the series had turned for good.

Then came hope. Less than three minutes into the second period, Paul Stastny struck for the Jets, injecting some energy into the dispirited onlookers. A little more than two-and-a-half minutes later, it was Dustin Byfuglien who brought Winnipeg within one. And just 18 seconds after that, Jacob Trouba delivered the tying goal, and the joyous cries seemingly shook the walls and tested the structural integrity of the arena. The Jets had clawed all the way back, and they weren’t done yet.

Before the end of the second period, Byfuglien delivered an iconic moment when he was teed up perfectly by Patrik Laine and blasted a one-timer home to put the Jets ahead for the first time. The noise inside the building was deafening, and Byfuglien’s post-goal shimmy-and-shake celebration nearly brought the house down.

In the third, the Preds drew even at 4-4, but Jets captain Blake Wheeler delivered a back-breaking power-play marker with five minutes remaining, which was followed by a pair of empty-net goals. Winnipeg went on to win the series in seven games, advancing to the conference final for the first time in franchise history.

No. 2 – Oct. 9, 2016 – Winnipeg 5, Toronto 4 (OT)
Patrik Laine’s overtime-winner completed his hat trick and sealed a showdown with draft rival and Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews.

No. 3 – Oct. 27, 2011 – Winnipeg 9, Philadelphia 8
Nine different Jets players scored in a rollicking 17-goal affair that ranks among the highest-scoring games in NHL history.

GREATEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE OF ALL-TIME

Patrik Laine
Nov. 24, – Winnipeg 8, St. Louis 4
Few players possess Laine's pure goal-scoring talent, and he put his touch on display with a magical five-goal night against the Blues.

Laine found the scoresheet with a fadeaway one-timer late in the first period, then followed up with three goals in the second frame and fired home his fifth early in the third. The kicker? Laine’s fifth goal won Winnipeg native Christopher Haley $1 million after he was randomly selected by a national grocery chain as a potential grand-prize winner should any Jets player score five goals in the contest.

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