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Forsberg scores twice in third as Predators rally to overcome Avalanche

15 April 2018

Outside of the Zadorov goal, he was a rock all night and will make life hard for the Avs.

Forsberg passed the puck to himself through his own legs and rookie defenceman Samuel Girard's legs on his way to his second goal of the third period, helping Nashville beat Colorado 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series.

Nashville forward Filip Forsberg stunned his teammates and the Colorado Avalanche with one dazzling sequence.

After the first fish carcass of the postseason was chucked onto the ice during the first game of Nashville's opening-round series against Colorado - bearing a festive party hat and bow-tie, no less - another was heaved from the stands during the Predators 5-4 victory in Game 2. Sam Girard took a beating from the Predators' forecheckers like we haven't seen all year, and it will be interesting to see how the undersized defenseman holds up over the entire series if that continues. "I thought we matched that", Predators center Nick Bonino said.

The Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche were tied going into the third period of Game 1.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette was impressed. "It was not just a standing-still move, like he really picked up speed and did his best to drive".

Game 2 is Saturday afternoon in Nashville. Definitely great to get some confidence here in the first two games at home. That's the kind of goal that will get talked about for years to come. "We handled it very well", MacKinnon said.

"We're going to go put our best foot forward", Colorado coach Jared Bednar said.

Fans filled the arena more than 30 minutes before the puck dropped, waiting for a pregame video that included a giant curtain that dropped down over the ice for a giant videoboard.

On the other bench, Colorado is 43-40 straight up (SU) and has earned 8.3 units for moneyline bettors this season. Colorado needs someone one to step up outside of Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog.

Game 1 of the first-round series between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche saw the President's Trophy winners get in an early hole.

The team that led the National Hockey League in penalties took two late in the first, giving Colorado 19 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage. The corps thinned when Tyson Barrie was hit in the face by a puck that deflected off goalie Jonathan Bernier's stick, but he returned later in the period.

Sissons capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 1:57 left.

Forsberg scores twice in third as Predators rally to overcome Avalanche