The Avs had to feel good about trailing just 1-0 after the first period after thoroughly being outplayed.
Can the Colorado Avalanche drag out the series and perhaps win, or do the Nashville Predators have the series locked down?
Now the Avalanche hope they can bring that kind of energy again Friday and force Game 6 back here Sunday. But the Predators held on to finally get the 3-2 win.
Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons, second from left, celebrates scoring his goal with, from left, center Kyle Turris, defensemen Alexei Emelin and Mattias Ekholm, against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 18, 2018, in Denver.
Jonathan Bernier, who had started all four games of the series, allowed three goals on 26 shots before being replaced with a lower-body injury. With every passing year that does not result in a championship, and with every year that foundational players like Joe Thornton and Joe Pavelski get older, we seem to forget about them a little more. Still, Andrighetto was whistled for roughing and although Colorado still got the power play, it appeared he didn't warrant the penalty.
The Nashville Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche last night 3-2.
"We need to find that urgency earlier", Bednar said. Rantanen left with a towel pressed against his face, only to return a few minutes later. Filip Forsberg was the No. 1 star with a goal and assist.
The nail in the coffin was delivered when Nashville went up 3-0.
The Predators came out firing on all cylinders, even going on an early 5-on-3 power play for 1:20. They squeezed off eight shots in the first 5:06, and only Bernier's brilliance kept the game scoreless. He later returned to his original one.