Predators win in a nail biter to take commanding series lead

Erika Holt
April 16, 2018

Nashville, Tn - The Nashville Predators will take flight to the high altitudes of Colorado with a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, winning today, 5-4. The goal was being announced when Comeau got a stick on Carl Soderberg's shot from the point to give Colorado a 2-1 lead at 4:51.

"We played hard, but we lost, so it doesn't really matter". He added an assist Saturday to go along with his goal from game one.

"I mean, if you are, they'll blow right around you. But it's a tough loss".

Still, the sting of losing both games in Nashville lingers for eighth-seeded Colorado ahead of Monday's Game 3. Games 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday at the Pepsi Center. The Avs will need him to stop more pucks in Game 2, but that's a lot easier said than done against a team as lethal as the Preds.

The Nashville Predators won the President's Cup this year, which is awarded to the team with the most points in the league and they came into the playoffs having won 19 of their last 25 games.

Jonathan Bernier had an alright night in goal during Game 1.

The Preds got their fourth goal by capitalizing on an errant Colorado line change, making it 4-2.

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The Avs continued to crawl back, taking advantage of a 5-on-3 to make it 4-3 off a Gabriel Landeskog tip and then again - following a Predators' empty-netter - Alexander Kerfoot nets one with 35 seconds left in the game to pull within one. It was downhill from there. "For us to be able to hold up our end of the bargain and get the two wins is great". We made, I don't know if you'd call them young mistakes, but we made some mistakes there that I think we can prevent. They had five goals scored by five different players. They kind of took over for that period of time. Colorado must stay out of the penalty box to get a win.

Defenseman David Warsofsky, who was replacing the injured Sam Girard on the second power-play unit, took a holding minor to wipe out a Colorado power play early in the second period. From there, Colorado's Mark Baberio (interference), Matt Nieto (roughing) and Sven Andrighetto (elbowing) also spent time in the box.

Viktor Arvidsson then scored for the Predators on a breakaway goal to give the Predators their first lead of the game.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 41 shots, limiting the Devils to rookie Nico Hischiers unassisted goal in the opening period, Sami Vatanens sixth career playoff goal late in the second, Blake Colemans third-period tally that trimmed Tampa Bays lead to 5-3 with eight minutes left.

Austin Watson would continue his strong play at 7:16 of the third period, giving his team a two goal lead again when his wrist shot nailed the back of the Colorado net, and it was 4-2.

"There's definitely no quit on their side", Johansen said on Saturday.

Bourque put Colorado up 1-0 on the Avs' first shot 2:34 into the game after a turnover in the defensive zone by Hartman.

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