Sport MacKinnon scores twice, Avs beat Predators 5-3 in Game 3

08:35  17 april  2018
08:35  17 april  2018 Source:   Associated Press

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(AP) – Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5 -2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference Pekka Rinne made 25 saves, including a handful on Colorado’s Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon .

(AP) — Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5 -2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference Pekka Rinne made 25 saves, including a handful on Colorado's Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon .

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, front, is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators as he passes the team box in the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Monday, April 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)© The Associated Press Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, front, is congratulated after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators as he passes the team box in the second period of Game 3 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Monday, April 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, including one as part of a three-goal first period and another to chase Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne from the game, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Predators 5-3 in Game 3 on Monday night to pull to 2-1 in the first-round series.

Blake Comeau and Gabriel Bourque also scored in a furious opening period that revved up a pom-pom waving capacity crowd. Gabriel Landeskog was credited with an empty-net goal for the Avalanche, who snapped a 12-game skid against the Predators.

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  Avs, Devils, Leafs hoping home cookin' flips the momentum Nathan MacKinnon is counting on 18,000 of his rowdy friends to give the Colorado Avalanche a little bit of an extra buzz.Maybe even throw Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne off his game. Trailing the top-seeded Predators 2-0 in the first-round series, the Avalanche return Monday (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) to a building that's certainly been something to write home about this season. Their 28 wins at the Pepsi Center in the regular season tied the franchise mark held by the 2000-01 squad that went on to capture the Stanley Cup."We have lots of confidence here," said MacKinnon , whose team has dropped 12 straight to the Predators.

(AP) - Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5 -2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference Pekka Rinne made 25 saves, including a handful on Colorado's Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon .

April 12, 2018 (AP)(STL.News)Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5 -2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Pekka Rinne made 25 saves, including a handful on Colorado’s Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon .

Game 4 is Wednesday in Denver.

BOX SCORE: AVALANCHE 5, PREDATORS 3

For a third straight game in the series, Colorado scored first. This time, the Avs were able to make it hold up. MacKinnon and his teammates have been a different bunch at home this year. Their 28 home wins in the regular season was tied for the most in franchise history with the 2000-01 squad that hoisted the Stanley Cup.

MacKinnon's goal at 4:25 of the second period gave Colorado a 4-0 lead and prompted the Predators to pull Rinne in favor of backup Juuse Saros. Rinne allowed four goals on 15 shots.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots on a night when the Avalanche finished 0 for 5 on the power play. Ryan Johansen had a second-period goal and Colton Sissons scored another in the third to make it 4-2. Saros was pulled for an extra skater with around 2:20 left and, moments later, Landeskog was credited with a goal after being dragged down on a breakaway. A sliding Landeskog was trying to get the puck over to MacKinnon.

Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win first-round series

  Predators beat Avs 5-0 in Game 6 to win first-round series Mattias Ekholm ignited the offense early with the first goal by a Nashville defenseman in the series, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots and the top-seeded Predators advanced to the second round with a 5-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 on Sunday night. Austin Watson , Filip Forsberg , Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help the Predators move on to face Winnipeg. They were 3-1-1 against the Jets in the regular season.

The Avalanche regained their composure, and held on to beat the Islanders 5 -2 - the deceptive margin coming as the result of two empty-net goals in the final minute. Matt Duchene scored twice in a 2:44 span to give Colorado that three -goal advantage. Nathan MacKinnon got the Avalanche on the board

Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenseman Samuel Girard’s legs on his way to his second goal of the third period, helping Nashville beat Colorado 5 -2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series. “That was unbelievable,” Predators forward

Austin Watson scored late to make it 5-3 and led to a tense final minute.

Nashville got on the board midway through the second after Colorado was whistled for two penalties on a play, giving the Predators a 5-on-3 advantage. Johansen knocked in a rebound to make it 4-1, but Colorado quelled the other portion of the power play.

Late in the second, P.K. Subban and MacKinnon got tangled up near the corner. It led to some pushing and shoving with both getting holding penalties.

It didn't take long for Colorado to get on the board with Comeau scoring 1:50 into the game and on the team's second shot. Another torrid start as the Avs beat Rinne on their opening shot in each of the first two games.

Shortly after Bourque tipped in Patrik Nemeth's shot, MacKinnon scored with 1:53 remaining in the first when he took a pass from Landeskog, used a burst of speed to get free and beat Rinne with a wrist shot. MacKinnon led the league in home scoring in the regular season with 67 points.

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The Avalanche regained their composure, and held on to beat the Islanders 5 -2 - the deceptive margin coming as the result of two empty-net goals in the final minute. Matt Duchene scored twice in a 2:44 span to give Colorado that three -goal advantage. Nathan MacKinnon got the Avalanche on the board

MacKinnon scored his first two goals of the season, and Varlamov stopped 40 shots for his 14th NHL shutout, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 5 -0 win over the New York Islanders on In this league, every night, got to score two to three to win. If you don't, you're not going to win hockey games .''

The last time the Avalanche played at the Pepsi Center it was also desperation time. They beat St. Louis in a winner-gets-into-the-playoffs season finale.

NOTES: Nashville LW Viktor Arvidsson nearly had a goal in the first when he and the puck crashed into Bernier at the same time. The puck slid in, but the officials waved off the goal due to goaltender interference. ... A Nashville fan threw a catfish onto the ice. ... Avs D Samuel Girard missed a second straight game with an upper-body injury. ... D Nikita Zadorov celebrated his 23rd birthday. ... Broncos LB Von Miller showed up wearing a No. 58 Avalanche jersey.

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