Two teams going opposite directions met in Game Three of the first round playoff series between the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators. The home team would again prevail as the Avalanche held on to win 5-3 and cut into Nashville’s now 2-1 series lead to make things at least interesting.

The Avalanche needed to get out to a fast start and grab the first goal again and did just that when Blake Comeau perfectly tipped a Carl Soderberg shot past Pekka Rinne less than two minutes into the contest. What had eluded the Avalanche all series long was a two goal lead and they found it at 13:24 when Gabriel Bourque tipped a shot this time from Patrik Nemeth.

Why stop at two? The Avalanche were not quite done in the first period when they buried another as Nathan MacKinnon scored a game and possibly series defining goal at 18:07. Gabe Landeskog did all the work in the neutral zone dragging the puck away from Mike Fisher and then fed MacKinnon the puck just as he darted into the offensive zone all alone. The shot was a no doubter as cheers and “MVP” chants erupted.

The second period saw the team trade goals when MacKinnon netted his second tally of the evening at 4:25 on a superb passing play with Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. Rinne was then done for the evening as Juuse Saros entered the crease. The officials got involved and handed Nashville a 5 on 3 where Ryan Johansen accepted the gift and put the Predators on the board at 10:23. The rest of the period devolved into a chippy penalty fest.

Things calmed down in the third period and Nashville got one back fairly early to bring the game within two at 7:12 from Colton Sissions. However,

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