Predators, Lightning take 2-0 series leads

  • Predators, Lightning take 2-0 series leads

Predators, Lightning take 2-0 series leads

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Ryan Hartman's empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the victor as Nashville held off Colorado for a 2-0 lead in the first-round Western Conference series. "I think we were shorthanded three times in the second period, which was too much when we were playing a really good game to that point".

Forsberg, who had a team-high 64 points in the regular season, gave Nashville its first lead of the game at 3-2 when he redirected a shot by Josi past Bernier 6:08 into the third.

Ryan Johansen would give the Predators a 3-1 lead at 16:32 of the second frame on a tip-in goal for the two goal cushion.

Nashville has won 12 consecutive games against Colorado since April 5, 2016.

Then on an unusual play, Ryan Hartman snuck behind the Colorado defense, while the Avs net was empty, and stole the puck from a lazy defense and slipped it into the net for the 5-3 advantage.

The Presidents' Trophy winners started slowly, giving up a goal on Colorado's first shot for a second straight game. Games 3 and 4 are Monday and Wednesday at the Pepsi Center.

Landeskog committed the Avs' first penalty 19:03 into the first period.

Scoring has been common when these teams take the ice and for now I'll back the over and dig further in to this...

Defenseman David Warsofsky, who was replacing the injured Sam Girard on the second power-play unit, took a holding minor to wipe out a Colorado power play early in the second period. From there, Colorado's Mark Baberio (interference), Matt Nieto (roughing) and Sven Andrighetto (elbowing) also spent time in the box.

Viktor Arvidsson gave the Predators a 2-1 lead on a handsome unassisted play at 12:36 of the second period, beating Colorado goalie Jonathan Bernier, for the goal. Leading scorer, top 5 scorer in the National Hockey League and Hart Trophy nominee, Nathan MacKinnon netted a backhand a little over 30 seconds after the Johansen's goal to pull within one to end the second. Predators are 6-0 in the last 6 meetings in Colorado and over is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings in Colorado and over is 21-8-2 in the last 31 meetings.

"There's definitely no quit on their side", Johansen said of the Avs. This will pay major dividends as the playoffs get deeper and their top players stay fresh.

Despite a battle-back effort from the second period on, the Avalanche could not catch the Predators. "We've got to make sure we close out games better".