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Only 1:50 in to the game and the Avalanche were on board after a goal from Blake Comeau. The Predators defense seemed sluggish and had no answer to the quick pressure from the Avalanche offense. The Avalanche would score another goal 11 minutes later on a shot that would bounce off of Gabriel Bourque, crediting him with the goal. Bourque is an ex Predators player, he spent 2011-2016 in Nashville scoring 31 goals with 47 assist. Nathan MacKinnon would score on a fast break outlet pass from Landeskog to end the period. Colorado was up 3-0 to end the 1st period.
In the second period we witnessed MacKinnon’s second goal of the night. This goal will lead to a tough decision made by Nashville coach Laviolette, he subbed out Pekka Rinne for Juuse Saros. Saros came in and became a brick wall. Allowing no goals while he was in. Saros was perfect on the night saving all 18 shots on goal. I don’t see the decision being long term though, I would expect Pekka Rinne to be back in net for game 4. 10:23 into the second period Ryan Johansen ended the scoring drought for Nashville. The 2nd period would come to an end with Colorado up 4-1.
The Predators had all of the momentum in the third period, scoring 2 more goals. One goal was scored by Colton Sissons 7:12 into the period. It was 4-2 and the Predators controlled the puck in the offensive zone for most of the period. Coach Laviolette made another hard decision and that was to send Saros to the bench leaving an empty net. Gabriel Landeskog would eventually work the puck out and score an open net goal 18:24 into the period. Only 21 seconds later the Predators would score their 3rd goal of the game. The goal was scored by Austin Wilson. Austin Wilson has scored 3 goals this postseason. The game would come to an end with the Avalanche winning 5-3. This makes the series 2-1 Nashville.
Colorado will host the Predators for game 4 on Wednesday night at 10pm EST, this guarantees the series will be heading back to Nashville Friday night. A win tomorrow will give Nashville a chance to win the series in front of the home crowd.
Kyle Gamble | @kyleg6116