Avs' D Girard out for Game 2

Avs' D Girard out for Game 2

"But they're going to answer the bell and come hard at us". If the Predators engage a killer instinct early, this series is over in no more than five.

Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 41 shots, limiting the Devils to rookie Nico Hischier's unassisted goal in the opening period, Sami Vatanen's sixth career playoff goal late in the second, Blake Coleman's third-period tally that trimmed Tampa Bay's lead to 5-3 with eight minutes left. After the Predators added their second goal to go up 2-1 they showed their dominance and took over. They seemed a little off, a step behind and frankly... a tad nervous. But Colorado couldn't get another one past goalie Pekka Rinne.

The Predators then went on the power play with 11:20 left in the second period.

In the second, Rinne got help from Matt Irwin clearing J.T. Compher's shot, and the Predators tied it up at 1 on a wrister from Watson that squeezed over Bernier's left shoulder and the post at 3:14. He is averaging more than a point-per-game for his career against Colorado. 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.

Nashville stumbled out of the gate allowing a goal on their first shot against to Gabriel Bourque.

And then... it was all about Forsberg.

Forsberg told reporters that he planned the move.

At 6:08 of the third, Forsberg converted a slap pass from Roman Josi to put the Preds up for the first time in the game and four minutes later... he, well... he took the puck through the neutral zone, made Sam Girard look silly and well... there aren't any words for this one... so watch...

The Avalanche's speed and aggression made them a worthy foe.

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NOTES: Nashville had been 12-14-5 after giving up the first goal and 8-10-2 when trailing after the first period in the regular season. The frustration boiled over as the clock hit zero and a "let's send a message" scrum ensued as former Pred Colin Wilson took exception to the last shot taken with 2 ticks remaining on the clock.

It is rare to have game one hosted in Nashville.

The Avalanche will need to bounce back on Saturday afternoon for Game Two.

The good news for the Devils is Taylor Hall scored a goal in his first ever playoff game.

Confidence was so high, in fact, that Filip Forsberg got a bit fancy on his second goal of the period.

An offensive zone penalty and a failed clear would put the Predators right back into the game. Bednar said Girard is day to day.

- Yesterday the Predators revealed a catfish tank outside of section 117 at Bridgestone Arena... the first two catfish have been named. "I think the first two periods we outplayed them for big parts of it".

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