Sports MacKinnon scores twice as Avalanche beat Predators in Game 3

14:50  17 april  2018
14:50  17 april  2018 Source:   Sportsnet

MacKinnon scores twice as Avalanche hold on to beat Predators

  MacKinnon scores twice as Avalanche hold on to beat Predators MacKinnon scores twice as Avalanche hold on to beat PredatorsBlake Comeau and Gabriel Bourque also scored in a furious opening period that revved up a pom-pom waving capacity crowd. Gabriel Landeskog was credited with an empty-net goal for the Avalanche, who snapped a 12-game skid against the Predators.

18: Devils winger Taylor Hall scores in overtime to beat the Hurricanes. He has an 11- game point streak 14: Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon scored both of his team's goals against the 20: Predators center Ryan Johansen scores past Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck during the

Predators . Colorado Avalanche 's Nathan MacKinnon scores twice and sets up Mikko Rantanen's 20th goal, as they beat the Vancouver Canucks 3 -1 at home. The Flames are in town Wednesday night. "Yeah, it is (a big game )," MacKinnon said.

a group of people in front of a crowd© David Zalubowski/AP

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, including one as part of a three-goal first period and another to chase Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne from the game, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Predators 5-3 in Game 3 on Monday night to pull to 2-1 in the first-round series.

Blake Comeau and Gabriel Bourque also scored in a furious opening period that revved up a pom-pom waving capacity crowd. Gabriel Landeskog was credited with an empty-net goal for the Avalanche, who snapped a 12-game skid against the Predators.

Game 4 is Wednesday in Denver.

For a third straight game in the series, Colorado scored first. This time, the Avs were able to make it hold up. MacKinnon and his teammates have been a different bunch at home this year. Their 28 home wins in the regular season was tied for the most in franchise history with the 2000-01 squad that hoisted the Stanley Cup.

Predators take 2-0 lead after holding off Avalanche 5-4

  Predators take 2-0 lead after holding off Avalanche 5-4 Predators take 2-0 lead after holding off Avalanche 5-4Hartman's goal gave the Predators a 5-3 lead until Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado within 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left. But the Avalanche couldn't get another puck past goalie Pekka Rinne.

Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals, including the winner, as the host Colorado Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 3 -1 on Monday night in Denver. Daniel Sedin scored in the final two minutes for the Canucks, who took their second loss in three games , with both defeats coming against Colorado.

Forsberg Scores Twice In 3 rd As Predators Rally, Beat Avs 5-2Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period Members of the Colorado Avalanche celebrate Nathan MacKinnon ’s #29 second goal of the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Pepsi Center on March 18, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

MacKinnon’s goal at 4:25 of the second period gave Colorado a 4-0 lead and prompted the Predators to pull Rinne in favour of backup Juuse Saros. Rinne allowed four goals on 15 shots.

Jonathan Bernier stopped 29 shots on a night when the Avalanche finished 0 for 5 on the power play. Ryan Johansen had a second-period goal and Colton Sissons scored another in the third to make it 4-2. Saros was pulled for an extra skater with around 2:20 left and, moments later, Landeskog was credited with a goal after being dragged down on a breakaway. A sliding Landeskog was trying to get the puck over to MacKinnon.

Austin Watson scored late to make it 5-3 and led to a tense final minute.

Nashville got on the board midway through the second after Colorado was whistled for two penalties on a play, giving the Predators a 5-on-3 advantage. Johansen knocked in a rebound to make it 4-1, but Colorado quelled the other portion of the power play.

P.K. Subban of Predators appears to throw blindside punch at Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon

  P.K. Subban of Predators appears to throw blindside punch at Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnon P.K. Subban of Predators appears to throw blindside punch at Avalanche's Nathan MacKinnonApparently, both refs missed the blindside punch Subban appeared to throw that caught Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon up high. MacKinnon actually got called for holding as well, resulting in offsetting penalties.

Then the Avalanche scored twice 38 seconds apart with Hejda beating Dubnyk with a slap shot through traffic at 11:27 Notes: Peter Budaj went 13-0- 3 in a 16- game span between Feb. 24 and April 5, 2007, for Colorado. … Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and John Mitchell each had two assists. …

Then the Avalanche scored twice 38 seconds apart with Hejda beating Dubnyk with a slap shot through traffic at 11:27 Notes: Peter Budaj went 13-0- 3 in a 16- game span between Feb. 24 and April 5, 2007, for Colorado. Stastny, Nathan MacKinnon and John Mitchell each had two assists.

Late in the second, P.K. Subban and MacKinnon got tangled up near the corner. It led to some pushing and shoving with both getting holding penalties.

It didn’t take long for Colorado to get on the board with Comeau scoring 1:50 into the game and on the team’s second shot. Another torrid start as the Avs beat Rinne on their opening shot in each of the first two games.

Shortly after Bourque tipped in Patrik Nemeth’s shot, MacKinnon scored with 1:53 remaining in the first when he took a pass from Landeskog, used a burst of speed to get free and beat Rinne with a wrist shot. MacKinnon led the league in home scoring in the regular season with 67 points.

The last time the Avalanche played at the Pepsi Center it was also desperation time. They beat St. Louis in a winner-gets-into-the-playoffs season finale.

NOTES: Nashville LW Viktor Arvidsson nearly had a goal in the first when he and the puck crashed into Bernier at the same time. The puck slid in, but the officials waved off the goal due to goaltender interference. … A Nashville fan threw a catfish onto the ice. … Avs D Samuel Girard missed a second straight game with an upper-body injury. … D Nikita Zadorov celebrated his 23rd birthday. … Broncos LB Von Miller showed up wearing a No. 58 Avalanche jersey.

Avalanche's Girard out for Game 2 with upper-body injury .
Avalanche's Girard out for Game 2 with upper-body injuryIronically enough, Girard was acquired by the Avs from the Preds as a part of the Matt Duchene-Kyle Turris blockbuster trade earlier this season.

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