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Forsberg, who led Nashville with 64 points in the regular season, gave Nashville its first lead of the game at 3-2 when he redirected a shot from captain Roman Josi past Jonathan Bernier at 6:08 of the third.
The team that led the National Hockey League in penalties took two late in the first, giving Colorado 19 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage. The Predators then took control of the game after that. Nashville now has won 12 straight against Colorado overall. The Nashville Predators are averaging 3.2 goals per game and are scoring on 21.2 percent of their power play opportunities.
"It was just one of those that come us up I guess when you skate, and it worked", Forsberg said. "You just want to make sure you put it in". The Colorado Avalanche have allowed three or more goals in five of their last eight games.
The Nashville Predators fist bumped fans who lined up at the airport to send the team off to Denver. "We did what we're supposed to do". Filip Forsberg leads Nashville with two goals, Ryan Johansen has two assists and Austin Watson has two shots on goal. P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists for Nashville, which has won 12 straight over the Avalanche. "The building has been a lot of fun this year". "It's tough to come in here as an opposing team". We've got a big one here on Saturday. Rinne made some spectacular saves on each member of the top line at various moments of the game that could have swung the momentum the Avs' way.
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"It shows us we're right there with them", Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. That's the way I look at it.
The Nashville Predators have made it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and that only means one thing- country's A-list stars will take to the ice to perform the national anthem during home games. The Avs fell apart a little bit after falling behind in the third period, but you have to be encouraged with how they played for the majority of the game.
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. The goalie spread out and stuck his right leg out, stopping the puck with his pad. He carried that play over into the postseason and Nashville is loving it. Fiala beat Bernier with a snap shot from the inside edge of the left circle, and that seemed to get the Predators going. The high-scoring defenseman did not register a single shot on goal and struggled against the forecheck of the Predators.
Watson scored off a Colorado turnover in the Predators' offensive zone in the third period for a 4-2 lead.
The Avs would score one more time for the final score, 5-4, and suddenly Colorado found out why it's so hard to win in Nashville. "I think the first two periods we outplayed them for big parts of it". They are hoping for an easier win in this one, but it will not be easy as the Avs have played well at home.