Colorado Avalanche Eliminated by the Nashville Predators in Six Games – Mile High Hockey
After showing a lot of heart and resilience in the playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche finally saw their season come to an end in game six against the Nashville Predators. The Predators finally showed the dominance that was expected of them after finishing with the best record in the NHL during the regular season. Andrew Hammond couldn’t quite find the magic that he had in game five, and the Avalanche looked flat throughout stretches of the game. Colorado couldn’t get their offense going and Nashville played disciplined hockey, not giving the Avalanche a single power play opportunity in the game.
Avalanche coach Jared Bednar started the game off by matching up his top line of Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, and Mikko Rantanen against Nashville’s top line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, and Viktor Arvidsson. A very physical first period, beginning with a Gabriel Bourque hit that left P.K. Subban shook up. Hitting continued throughout the period whenMacKinnon also felt a big hit from Arvidsson in front of the bench. With 13:14 remaining in the period, a Nashville goal by Colton Sissons was waved off after it was determined that Kyle Turris interfered with Avalanche goaltender Andrew Hammond.
The Predators weren’t kept off the score sheet much longer, however, as Mattias Ekholm beat Hammond with a slap shot just 14 seconds later. Nashville continued to control the play for most of the period and were able to find the back of the net again at 9:41. Nick Bonino made a nice pass out of the corner to Sissons who walked across the front of the net before hitting the post. Austin Watson buried the rebound for his fourth goal of the series. Colorado spent a lot of time in their defensive zone and didn’t spend any extended time in Nashville’s