Subban leads Predators to playoff win over Avalanche

What did we learn? Game one: Avs vs. Preds

What did we learn? Game one: Avs vs. Preds

With AP Photos.Ryan Hartman's empty-net goal wound up the game-winner as the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

Avalanche players have been penalized 4.0 times per game in total this season, and 1.8 per game over their last five home outings.

For the second game in a row they took some really poorly timed penalties and could not stay out of the penalty box, resulting in Columbus scoring two more huge power play goals.

"There's definitely no quit on that side", Nashville forward Ryan Johansen said. They had five goals scored by five different players. I switched to them a few years back and their service has been incredible! A great example was tonight.

Game 2 is Saturday in Nashville. They are hoping for an easier win in this one, but it will not be easy as the Avs have played well at home.

And now it's on MacKinnon to make this first-round series interesting.

"They're not just going to give it to us because we finished first in the League", Watson said. "There's no quit in them". Those are the ones you get nervous about, the ones that are laying right there.

He just gets a piece of the puck to keep the game tied at two. Game 2 was close for the duration and soon after Nashville made it a two-goal game late, Colorado answered with a goal by Alexander Kerfoot with 36 seconds left to put a scare into the hosts. Nathan MacKinnon scored at 17:08 to get the Avalanche within 3-2.

I mentioned a nice stop on Rantanen earlier... you knew the real Pekka Rinne was back when Rantanen took the puck at the Av's blueline, went straight down Broadway and split the Preds defensemen with a simply gorgeous rush that had goal written all over until the Eraser made a simply fantastic toe save, preserving the tie late in the second period. Jonathan Bernier made 28 for Colorado.

David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists to help Boston blow out the Toronto Maple Leafs for the second straight game, leading the Bruins to a 7-3 victory Saturday night and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.

"We were going to wait until the first goal, but that didn't happen in the first period", said Webb.

Rinne's save on MacKinnon 9:48 into the second period. As the longest running hockey show in the region, SSR feeds hockey fans what they crave... intelligent, fun, entertaining talk about their favorite sport and we do it from the opening of training camp all the way through UFA day... the only local hockey show that does that. Not getting above the puck on the one 4-on-4, we gave them a couple breaks there.

"We let them hang around a bit".

NOTES: Forsberg had his third career multigoal game in the postseason. They always come back nice and strong, even when we were down by one I never had a doubt. The Avalanche, on the other hand, are playing without No. 1 defenseman Erik Johnson, top goaltender Semyon Varlamov and may not have rookie defenseman Samuel Girard for Game 3. Bednar said Girard is day to day.

You wanted to see more from Alex Ovechkin? Especially here recently, he's elevated his game at the right time. Very shortly after, Colorado's Blake Comeau took the lead back. He carried that play over into the postseason and Nashville is loving it. Though they have 10 goals so far, only Watson and Filip Forsberg have more than one goal.

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