Filip Forsberg scores twice in 3rd, Predators rally past Avalanche

Filip Forsberg scores twice in 3rd, Predators rally past Avalanche

He'll hope to have a similar performance in Game 2.

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Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson scored a goal apiece. Bernier made 26 saves in his second career playoff start.

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.

Predators coach Peter Laviolette acknowledged that his team had things to work on heading into Game 2. Rinne did it again four minutes into the third, gloving a glorious 2-on-1 chance from Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon.

Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin just tore up the Flyers in Game 1 - and the Penguins are 11-1 in postseason play when those two score goals in the same game.

Games 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday at the Pepsi Center, where some wrinkles in game entertainment might be unveiled. That's the way I look at it.


The high-flying Winnipeg Jets edged the injury-depleted Minnesota Wild 3-2 in the most entertaining game in this young National Hockey League postseason.

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. The corps thinned when Tyson Barrie was hit in the face by a puck that deflected off goalie Jonathan Bernier's stick, but he returned later in the period. Near the end of the first period, the Predators showed signs of life and started to pick up their pace of play.

The Atlantic Division champions scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn's third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period. It didn't take long once the second period started for Nashville to tie the game. Johansen got the puck on a breakaway and beat Bernier with a backhander. The Avalanche had eight giveaways, this one resulting in a 4-2 Predators lead.

Despite a battle-back effort from the second period on, the Avalanche could not catch the Predators.

Colorado would show that they were still in the game though and wouldn't let the raucous "Smashville" crowd deter them as Nathan MacKinnon slid a back handed shot past Pekka Rinne and suddenly the Avs were withing one, 3-2. The Predators killed the rest of the penalty, and Rinne made a big pad save on Sven Andrighetto just after the advantage ended. They are home again, and have won nine of their last eleven playoff games at home. Bednar said Girard is day to day.

And in two series that appear quite even, the Columbus Blue Jackets went on the road to edge the Washington Capitals 4-3 in overtime and the San Jose Sharks traveled to Anaheim to handle the Ducks 3-0.

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