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NHL playoffs 2018: Jets' Scheifele sets record with seven road goals in single series

Sporting News logo Sporting News 5/11/2018 John Arlia

Jets forward Mark Scheifele left his mark on Winnipeg's second-round series against the Nashville Predators.

The 25-year-old continued his stellar play Thursday in Game 7, scoring two goals as the Jets earned a 5-1 victory to advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

Scheifele's two tallies upped his series total to seven, with all of them coming at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena. The Jets forward now owns the NHL record for most road goals scored in a single series in Stanley Cup playoff history.

a group of people posing for the camera: Mark Scheifele © (Getty Images) Mark Scheifele

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Late in the second period, Blake Wheeler set up Scheifele for a one-timer that he blasted past Predators backup goaltender Juuse Saros, who replaced an ineffective Pekka Rinne in the first period.

Scheifele's strike gave Winnipeg a 3-1 lead and released some of the Game 7 pressure from his teammates.

"It allowed our group to breathe a little bit," Wheeler told reporters after the game. "I think we were pretty loose all game. I didn’t see us checking the clock to wait for it to count down and I think we just really enjoyed this one. To get a two-goal lead, especially with two minutes left in the second period, that was a big boost for us."

The Jets kept that momentum rolling into the third. Paul Stastny scored his second goal of the night to make it 4-1 and then Scheifele sealed the victory with an empty-net marker with 2:33 to play.

Scheifele now leads the NHL with 11 goals this postseason and is just eight away from matching the all-time playoff mark of 19, shared by Jarri Kuri (1985) and Reggie Leach (1976).

The Jets return to Winnipeg for Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

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