Byfuglien fired a half dozen shots on goal in Sunday's Game 5 defeat to Vegas. Byfuglien has never been hesitant to put pucks on the net, as he recorded 19 shots during the Western Conference finals. Unfortunately, the defenseman only found the back of the net once, for a 5.3 shooting percentage. The Minnesota native led the team in ice time at 24:20 per game, which included 3:04 spent with the man advantage. The 32-year-old also led the blue line in goals (eight), assists (37) and power-play points (22), unsurprising given his minutes. Locked in for another three seasons at $7.6 million, Byfuglien will continue to be the centerpiece of the Jets' defense at both ends of the ice.
Byfuglien recorded one assist during 28:20 of ice time in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Golden Knights. Byfuglien was blanked in the last two outings, so getting back on the scoresheet was a good sign in Game 4. This was outweighed by Byfuglien's defensive lapses, however, which included a whiffed shot in the third period that led to a Reilly Smith breakaway goal -- the game-winner. Byfuglien did post eight hits and four blocked shots.
Byfuglien opened the scoring and tacked on a power-play assist in Saturday's 4-2, Game 1 win over the Golden Knights. All but one of Winnipeg's goals were generated by a top-six skater, which bodes well for Byfuglien's chances of staying hot offensively in this series. The imposing defenseman only had one hit in the game, though he stepped in front of two shots to help throttle a potent Vegas offense. It'll certainly be interesting to see what kind of adjustments the expansion club makes in an effort to slow Byfuglien.
Byfuglien picked up a power-play helper in Thursday's series-clinching victory over Nashville. In the Jets' second-round matchup with the Predators, Byfuglien racked up eight points, including a pair of assists with the man advantage. Through the first two rounds, the towering blueliner is logging 26:17 of ice time per game -- highest on the team by more than four minutes. The Minnesota native's ability to produce in the offensive zone could be the X-factor that propels Winnipeg to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Byfuglien scored a goal and an assist in a 6-2 victory over the Predators on Saturday. Without Scott Hartnell, who was a healthy scratched after playing well in Game 4, Byfuglien found a lot more space in Game 5 and took advantage. On a play in the second period where several Jets crashed the net, Byfuglien beat Pekka Rinne with a slap shot, and then he picked up the secondary assist on the next goal from Kyle Connor. Byfuglien has been one of the best playoff producers from the blue line this spring, recording four goals, 12 points and a plus-8 rating in 10 games.
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