Predators look to go up 3-0 on Avalanche

Paola Ditto
Aprile 17, 2018

Mason says while Nashville has the hold over the Avs right now, winning 12 straight, this young Colorado team finished off the season with an impressive home record and so it won't be easy for the Predators.

Colorado jumped all over the Predators from the start and combined with the slow start the Predators have been notorious for, it didn't bode well for the Preds.

The Avalanche scored on their first shot in each of the first two games in Nashville but weren't able to build on their early leads, taking 5-2 and 5-4 defeats.

Gabriel Bourque, Blake Comeau and Gabriel Landeskog scored, and Jonathan Bernier made 28 saves for Colorado.

Nathan MacKinnon on a breakaway at 18:07 of the first period gave Colorado the 3-0 lead that they would take to the locker room.

Rinne's game concluded at 4:25 of the second when a failed defensive coverage left MacKinnon all alone in the slot. Rinne was pulled after that score, replace by Juuse Saros for the night.

The Avalanche have scored first in all three games of the series.

Nashville's Ryan Johansen finally got the Predators on the scoreboard at 10:23 of the second period with a handsome give and go from Filip Forsberg that Jonathan Bournier had no chance on and it was 4-1.

Colton Sissons brought the Predators within two goals at 7:12 of the third period when he tapped in Roman Josi's centering pass.

Landeskog was credited with an empty-net goal at 18:24 for a 5-2 lead.

The Colorado Avalanche will be without defenseman Samuel Girard for Game 3 against Nashville due to an upper-body injury.

Nashville was once again plagued by penalties on this night, something Head Coach Peter Laviolette has preached against time after time to his team.

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