In Game 6 of the first round the Predators finally played a complete game. The defense stepped up and only allowed 22 shots to be taken at Pekka Rinne. He would block all 22 of the shots to post a perfect game, a shutout. This will be his 9th of the season. I would say this game will help him secure the Vezina Award.
There was also a defensive goal scored by the Predators for the first time in the series. The goal was scored by Mattias Ekholm just 7:02 into the first period. This came 30 seconds after a Predator goal was waved off. The predators would score another goal 10:19 into the 1st period scored by Austin Watson. The 1st would end 2-0 with the Predators out front.
In the 2nd period 38 seconds into the period Filip Forsberg scores a quick goal. The goal was unassisted after Ekholm caused a turnover on a big hit. There would be a strong offensive presence during the 2nd period that would eventually lead to the 4th goal of the game for the Predators. The goal was scored by Nick Bonino 8:26 into the period. The score when the 2nd period ended was 4-0.
The predators hadn’t played a complete game in the series, so the early lead left predators fans excited but also curious if the game would be close at the final horn. For the Predators fans the reality that the Predators had finally played a great game. The shots on goal stayed low for the Avalanche and the offensive pressure was still strong for the Predators. The predators would score the 5th and final goal of the game 2:36 in to the period. The final score is 5-0 at the horn. Andrew Hammond for the Avalanche would give up 5 goals, saving 32 of the shots. He posted a .865 save percentage.