The fear among Avalanche fans was a sweep of the first-round playoff series by Nashville heading into Monday night’s Game 3 at the Pepsi Center. There’s no worry about that after a dominating 5-3 victory by the Avs before a raucous crowd.

And, based on the Mile High excitement surrounding the Avs, this series could go a lot further than most pundits predicted. Nashville now leads, 2-1. heading into Wednesday’s game at the Pepsi Center.

The young-and-relentless Avs — who built a 4-0 lead – aren’t going away. They tied a club record with 28 victories at home in the regular season and continued that hot play, outplaying the Predators from the jump to win their first playoff game in four years.

Their victory Monday night snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Preds, who last lost to the Avs a little more than two years ago.

Center Nathan MacKinnon and wingers Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen — the MGM Line — was spectacular, producing the Avs’ third and fourth goals, with MacKinnon scoring both. Landeskog scored an empty-netter with 1:36 remaining making it 5-2. Blake Comeau and Gabriel Bourque got the first two goals as Colorado scored first for the third consecutive game.

The Avs took the all-important 3-0 advantage with MacKinnon’s first goal off a fabulous neutral-zone effort by Landeskog. The team captain, from his knees, stole the puck from Mike Fisher and spotted MacKinnon driving through the neutral-zone. He put the puck on MacKinnon’ stick to spring the speedster on a breakaway. MacKinnon beat Pekka Rinnie with a glove-side wrister.

The MGM Line scored again to end the night for Rinne, the Vezina Trophy candidate as the NHL’s top goalie. After killing off a Tyson Barrie penalty in the final minute of the first period and the beginning …read more

Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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