Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots.
"I knew he made a shot toward the net, and I just wanted to be there in case he missed the net to beat out the icing", Hartman said. The goal was being announced when Comeau got a stick on Carl Soderberg's shot from the point to give Colorado a 2-1 lead at 4:51. Subban had two assists for the Predators and was one of three Nashville players to record two points in the contest. And yet here we are now, a year later, and no one is anxious about anyone more than they are the Presidents' Trophy-winning Predators. We made, I don't know if you'd call them young mistakes, but we made some mistakes there that I think we can prevent. Neither game was really that easy as game one was tied 2-2 as the teams headed to the 3rd before the Preds won 5-2 and game two was tight throughout before the Preds pulled out a 5-4 win.
Kevin Fiala returned the favor at 1:01 of the second period on the power play and the game was tied at 1-1.
Yet the Predators rallied again to take their first 2-0 lead when starting a best-of-seven series in their own building. But the Avalanche couldn't get another puck past goalie Pekka Rinne. I know we won, but letting them keep sticking around can be unsafe the more games you get into a series.
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Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Bourque and Gabriel Landeskog each added a goal for Colorado. Defensively, the Colorado Avalanche are allowing 2.9 goals per game and are killing 83.3 percent of their opponents power plays.
Each of the first two games the Avalanche have scored on their first shot of the game on Rinne, and getting the first goal in Game 3 is crucial to having momentum with home ice on their side. The team announced defenseman Samuel Girard would be out just before the start of the game with an upper body injury, Duncan Siemens filling in. Craig Smith and Colton Sissons also scored, and Ryan Johansen and captain Roman Josi each had two assists.
In the third period, with 12:44 in the period, Nashville's Austin Watson netted his second goal of the series after a giveaway by Avs defenseman Nikita Zadorov.
The Colorado Avalanche have played very well at home this year and Jonathan Bernier has gone 14-4 with a 2.34 GAA here at the Pepsi Center, but the Preds are 25-16 on the road for the year and Pekka Rinne is now 25-9 in his career against the Avs. They almost pulled off an upset in Game 2.
NOTES: The Predators have started series twice before 2-0 and won both series, including last spring when they swept Chicago in the first round. Bednar said Girard is day to day.