Thanks to 4 power play goals, the Colorado Avalanche dominated the Nashille Predators 7-3 and are just one win away from sweeping their opponents.
Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and added two assists, and Cale Makar had three assists for Colorado’s win.
The Avalanche struck first in Game 3. Artturi Lehkonen was well positioned in front of the net on the power play and deflected Devon Toews’ shot to give his team the lead.
Colorado rolled out its massive attack again moments later. Unknowingly, Nathan MacKinnon redirected the puck behind Connor Ingram to register his fourth of the playoffs and give Avalanche a 2-0 lead.
Matt Duchene was responsible for giving Mackinnon the answer less than 90 seconds later. His wrist shot didn’t give Darcy Kuemper a chance and reduced the deficit to just one goal.
However, the first twenty ended in an unfortunate incident. Ryan Johansen accidentally hit Kumper in the face with his stick blade. The goalkeeper was apparently hit in the eye and left the game. Pavel Francouz took over in front of the avalanche net.
“I don’t know exactly how it happened or how the stick got there,” Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar said. I think it’s just unfortunate and unfortunate. »
The coach said after the game that his goalkeeper felt better despite not returning to the game. Kuemper will undergo further medical examinations.
“When we got back on the ice for the second time, we had the information that it wasn’t too serious,” Bednar said. It was enough that he couldn’t find his way back into the game, but at least he can see and the signs we have are positive. »
Despite being behind on the series and even this game, the Preds have yet to say their last word. Eeli Tolvanen delivered a power play to level the game with his first career playoff goal. Alexandre Carrier collected his second assist of the game in the streak.
In the second third, too, the Avalance have the opportunity to play with the majority. Placed at the mouth of the net, Gabriel Landeskog vaulted onto a loose puck to restore the lead for Colorado, who found the back of the net on their three power plays.
Special teams took the spotlight in this game. Roman Josi fired a cannonball from the point and brought the counterattack to zero.
Colorado wasn’t intimidated by the boisterous crowd at Bridgestone Arena. Landeskog gave the Avalanche the lead again with his second goal 66 seconds later. The Predators fought off the Avalanche Captain’s goal but failed to win, opening the door to a massive Colorado assault.
The Avalanche could not have asked for more than another power play. From behind his net, Ingram made a gigantic blunder and landed squarely on Nazem Kadri’s stick, which ended loosely in a gaping cage.
“I really like the look of our power play since the beginning of this series,” Bednar said. Tonight we took full advantage of our chances to score. Sometimes it’s that simple. »
After a masterful performance and 49 saves in Game 2, Ingram came down to earth in this duel. Devon Toews scored the side’s sixth goal in the final period with a slap shot that the 25-year-old goalkeeper would love to see again.
Ingram finished the game with 34 saves. Valeri Nichuskin added a seventh as the Preds recalled Ingram to the bench. Nashville is eliminated in front of its fans on Monday night.
“You have to win one,” said Predators head coach John Hynes. In this situation, our group will have to be persistent. We’re not eliminated until we lose four. »
Lehkonen scores his 2nd place in the playoffs
Duchene, where Mama hides the cookies
Kuemper hit in the face by a stick
Tolvanen resets the counters to zero
Landeskog restores lead in Colorado
Cannonball signed Josi
Landeskog with his 2nd goal of the game