Nashville takes 2-0 series lead after 5-4 win over Avalanche

Nashville takes 2-0 series lead after 5-4 win over Avalanche

Nashville takes 2-0 series lead after 5-4 win over Avalanche

"You just want to make sure you put it in". "I felt like we did enough to nearly earn a better result but now we're going to have to go and dig in even harder to make sure we do earn a better result".

At the start of the second, mirroring the Avs hot start, Kevin Fiala netted a power play goal in the slot after a bad bounce off Nemeth's skate to tie the game - their scoring would continue.

Grabbing the win in game two was Pekka Rinne, who stopped 26 of the 30 shots that he faced to improve to 38-34 with a 2.37 GAA and a.917 save percentage in his career in the playoffs.

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The Nashville forward wound up with not only the first playoff goal of his career but the victor with 1:09 left as the Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series. "For us to be able to hold up our end of the bargain and get the two wins is great".

If necessary, the Predators will return to Nashville Thursday to prepare for game five. Colorado is not playing all that well overall at the moment as they have now lost seven of their last 10 games, but still, no matter what happens the rest of the series, this season has been a success for them after posting the fewest points in the league past year. That's the way I look at it. "We most certainly have to going forward in the series, but for the most part I like the way our team is playing".

Nashville struggled early yet again despite having country star Brad Paisley singing the national anthem and wrestler Jeff Jarrett revving up the fans before the game.

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The Avalanche scratched rookie defenseman Samuel Girard with an upper-body injury and replaced him with Duncan Siemens after coming into the series with defenseman Erik Johnson already missing with a knee injury. At the defensive end of the ice, they were very strong as they ranked 2nd in goals allowed, giving up just 2.49 gpg, while also ranking 21st in shots allowed (32.4 spg) and 6th in penalty kill, allowing teams to convert on 18.1% of their chances.

Both teams are hoping for a cleaner game in Denver.

Forsberg, who had a team-high 64 points in the regular season, gave Nashville its first lead of the game at 3-2 when he redirected a shot by Josi past Bernier 6:08 into the third. Avs center Nathan MacKinnon cut the deficit back to a goal by fooling Rinne by putting a back-hander inside the far post at 17:08 of the second period. Johansen got the puck on a breakaway and beat Bernier with a backhander. The Preds did not play their best hockey in the first two games and yet they are still up 2-0 in the series. The Avalanche had eight giveaways, this one resulting in a 4-2 Predators lead. But Nashville gave the Avalanche 1:46 of a 5-on-3 to rally, and MacKinnon's shot deflected off Landeskog to pull Colorado within 4-3.

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One of the biggest advantages of the Predators is their depth they can roll all four lines throughout the game. Nashville went 37-2-4 when leading after two periods in the regular season.

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