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The game was 0-0 and about to hit 10 minutes left in the 3rd period when Austin Watson fires a pass across the offensive zone. The puck bounced off Nick Bonino’s skate into the net. The refs waved off the goal, which was then challenged by the Predators bench. The review would award the goal to the Predators. 1-0 Predators until Gabriel Landeskog for the Avalanche received a pass from MacKinnon to to score. Pekka Rinne was unable to get back to the right of the net, because one of his own defenders knocked him over. This would tie the game at 1-1. With 1:30 left in the game, the Avalanche would then steal the puck from P.K. Subban and have a 2 on 1 chance. The first shot rebounds off Rinne’s blocker and is right to the stick of Sven Andrighetto, and he wrist the shot in. This would give the Avalanche a 2-1 lead. The Predators were unable to score As time ran out.
Both goalies had outstanding games with excellent save percentages. Nashville’s defensive break downs caused them the game. Pekka Rinne has been a brick wall in net until he was unable to get to the puck because of his defensive players in the way. Pekka Rinne is still the front runner for the Vezina Award and will have another chance in Colorado to prove why he is that guy. Andrew Hammond finished the game giving up 1 goal blocking 44 of the 45 shots taken by the Predators. He finished the game with a .978 save percentage. At this moment we are unaware of how long the Avalanche main goalie Johnathan Bernier will be out. He could return for Sunday’s game or the Avalanche will turn to Andrew Hammond in game 6.
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Kyle Gamble | @kyleg6116