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Predators take 2-0 lead after holding off Avalanche 5-4

16 April 2018

Rinne seemed to settle the Predators down with a big save with 20 seconds left in the period, stopping Tyson Jost's shot from the slot before sticking his right skate to the post with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog trying to pounce on the puck. Near the end of the first period, the Predators showed signs of life and started to pick up their pace of play. Press it, and you gain separation from any opponent, even one like Colorado that was every bit Nashville's equal for about 2 1/2 periods Thursday night.

Fiala tied it with 3 seconds left on Nashville's first power play a minute into the second period.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones made 28 saves and San Jose excelled on the road again, beating Anaheim to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. This will pay major dividends as the playoffs get deeper and their top players stay fresh. A fast team like the Avalanche at home could bury a slow-starting team. They have 10 goals in the series - by eight different scorers.

Despite a battle-back effort from the second period on, the Avalanche could not catch the Predators. They used their speed well, played decent defense and scored four goals.

Nikita Zadorov and Blake Comeau scored for Colorado. Not only has he been physical he has contributed offensively.

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Had a goal, an assist and a team-high six shots in 24:58 for the Avalanche. The good news for the Avalanche is they have not gotten blown away either game.

Hampus Lindholm had a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who are leaving Honda Center with an 0-2 series deficit for the third time in their last five playoff series. Yes, he's not a true No. 2 National Hockey League centerman but he needs to do more in this series if the Avs have any hope of extending the series beyond four games.

The series features a team that won 53 games during the regular season and Colorado, which had to win its regular-season finale to squeak into the postseason ahead of St. Louis. "We've got to make sure we close out games better". They will also need to work on staying aggressive even when they have a lead.

Colorado was looking for a big win on a stage the franchise hasn't seen since 2014, and the young Avalanche outplayed the defending Western Conference champs early.

The Predators really gained their footing on the power play and they were able to take the game over.

Predators take 2-0 lead after holding off Avalanche 5-4