Avalanche fall 5-4 to Predators, down 2-0 in series

Avalanche fall 5-4 to Predators, down 2-0 in series

BC-HKN-Avalanche-Predators, 1st Ld-Writethru, 800 Predators take 2-0 lead after holding off Avalanche 5-4AP Photo TNMH119, TNMH114, TNMH118, TNMH117, TNMH120, TNMH121, TNMH112, TNMH110, TNMH109, TNMH106Eds: Predators 5, Avalanche 4.

But for the second straight game the Predators came out roaring in the second period. "You just want to make sure you put it in".

-The Nashville Predators took it to the Avalanche physically. P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists for Nashville, which has won 12 straight over the Avalanche.

Arvidsson gave the Predators a 2-1 lead, skating up the right side and blasted a slap shot that went under Bernier's right arm for an unassisted goal. On the other hand, its penalty kill unit is ranked fourth overall and it's successfully killed off 83.0 percent of all opponent power plays. He'll hope to have a similar performance in Game 2. "It shows how comfortable we are in our building".

Forsberg then scored his first goal off of a deflection at 13:52 in the third period, putting Nashville ahead 3-2. If Bernier doesn't play better, it could be a short series for the Avalanche. Nick Bonino gathered the loose puck and passed it to Fiala who found Austin Watson for a 4-2 lead.

"It was just one of those that come us up I guess when you skate, and it worked", Forsberg said. "You get a couple to go for you and you get a little bit of confidence". "I'm pretty confident we're going to be able to match that (in Games 3 and 4). It's nice to score a goal here and there for this team". Then Forsberg delivered again with a breathtaking move in the middle of Colorado's zone with 7:50 left. Austin Watson, who put up nine points in 22 postseason games past year, continued his playoff success with two points, including the first Preds goal.

"They came out really strong". I have no real words to describe what just happened. We've got a big one here on Saturday.

Despite not yet clicking on all cylinders, the Predators have made the most of their home ice advantage. We know that they are going to be desperate.

What did we learn from Game One?

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was impressed. But I thought it could have gone either way.

In the second, Rinne got help from Matt Irwin clearing J.T. Compher's shot, and the Predators tied it on a wrist shot from Watson that squeezed over Bernier's left shoulder at 3:14. For the Avs to have a shot in this series, they will need Barrie to be much better.



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