Before the Colorado AvalancheIn the postseason Calgary FlamesDarryl Sutter, head coach, predicted that a first-round series against them was “a waste of 8 days.”
He was mistaken. The Avalanche won the sweep in seven days. Nashville Predators.
Colorado won their first round Western Conference series on Monday night with a 5-3 win at home. The top-seeded team eliminated the final wild-card team. The Avalanche defeated the Wild Card team with a backup goalie. Pavel FrancouzFilling out the form is a good start Darcy KuemperTake a stick to the eyes in Game 3 and heal up.
They won also with their trademark brand of overwhelming offense which allowed them to rally in third period.
It was full of emotion. The boys fight back, despite being down 3-2 in the third. We didn't have the best night. It was a much better night than the first three. But we found the way,” said center Nathan MacKinnonSportsCenter. “It begins with Cale Makar. He could be the best player right now in the league.
Makar, who was nominated as the NHL's best defenseman, continued his playoff dominance by scoring a goal and assisting in the win. This gave Makar 10 points for the postseason, which is the most ever recorded in NHL history.
The Predators did not leave without fighting. Yakov Trenin scored twice to erase Colorado leads. The third period saw the completion of the game. Filip ForsbergThe Predators took a 3-2 lead at 3:58 of the third period.
“This was our hardest game for sure. Jared Bednar, Avalanche coach said they made some mistakes that they capitalized.
They were eventually overcome by the Avalanche as they have done throughout all series. Devon ToewsHe scored his third goal of playoffs to tie it at 8:55. Makar set up the game just 3:06 later. Valeri NichushkinFor a one-timer that gave Colorado a lead. Nathan MacKinnon scored his fifth goal of the postseason into an empty net to win it.
Makar said, “We were resilient,” and added that Predators fans had thrown candy at Makar from the stands towards the end of Game 4. It was in the final minute of the game. I don't know. They were already throwing stuff at the glass. This is not the best way to end a season. “But a couple of Skittles was enough to make me smile.”
The Avalanche will be playing the winner of the series between them Minnesota Wild St. Louis BluesThe tie is tied at 2-2. Game 5 is scheduled for Tuesday night in Minnesota. In three consecutive postseasons, the Avalanche lost in the second round.
“Four very good efforts [against Nashville]. The sweep has me very excited. MacKinnon said, “Get some rest here and prepare for round two.”