Avalanche put on show in Game 1 win

Avalanche put on show in Game 1 win

DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon and Devon Toews scored 22 seconds aside in a five-goal first interval, sending the Colorado Avalanche to a 7-2 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night time in Sport 1 of their first-round playoff sequence.

The 5 targets tied the group playoff report for a interval and chased Nashville’s backup goaltender David Rittich from the sport with 4:56 remaining within the first. Rittich was stepping in for 38-game winner Juuse Saros, who’s sidelined with a lower-body harm.

Andrew Cogliano, Cale Makar and Artturi Lehkonen additionally scored within the first. Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog constructed the result in 6-0 when he was credited for a aim within the second interval. He was making his return from knee surgical procedure that had sidelined him since mid-March.

MacKinnon scored his second aim of the sport within the third interval and, coupled with an help, raised his playoff factors per recreation common to 1.41. It trails solely Wayne Gretzky (1.84) and Mario Lemieux (1.61), with a minimal of 40 video games.

Matt Duchene scored twice for Nashville. Darcy Kuemper completed with 23 saves.

Sport 2 is Thursday, which additionally occurs to be Kuemper’s thirty second birthday.

Devon Toews celebrates certainly one of Colorado’s seven targets.NHLI through Getty Pictures

Since transferring to Denver, the Avalanche boast a 17-6 report in best-of-seven playoff sequence after they win the primary recreation. On the flip aspect, the Predators are 0-7 when beginning a best-of-seven sequence with a highway loss.

Colorado scored just about each means conceivable: On an influence play (MacKinnon), short-handed (Cogliano), opposing participant kicking it in (Landeskog bought the credit score for a puck knocked in by defenseman Mark Borowiecki) and, in fact, even energy (Toews, Makar, Lehkonen and MacKinnon once more).

The Avalanche outshot the Predators by a 45-25 margin.

Issues turned chippy after the horn to finish the second interval. Philip Tomasino bought into it with Lehkonen. Shut by, Luke Kunin shoved down Nazem Kadri, who bought a shot in earlier than being pulled away.

Within the third interval, the sport bought much more chippy with Mathieu Olivier drawing a misconduct penalty.

Cogliano scored his first aim for the Avalanche since being acquired from San Jose on March 21. He took benefit of a Mattias Ekholm turnover with the Predators on the facility play and lined it in by means of a small window.

Cogliano later left the sport with an upper-body harm.

The modern transfer of the sport was turned in by Makar, who zipped round Tanner Jeannot with a nifty transfer close to the blue line, skated down the left aspect and banked in a shot off the masks of Rittich.

Lehkonen’s rating to make it 5-0 with 4:56 left within the first and put an finish to Rittich’s night time. He was changed by Connor Ingram, who had appeared in solely three NHL video games earlier than Tuesday. Ingram had 30 saves.

The targets by MacKinnon and Toews had been within the first 2:42, making it the quickest pair of targets to start out a playoff recreation in Colorado/Quebec franchise historical past. The outdated mark belonged to Valeri Kamensky and Peter Forsberg, who scored within the opening 2:54 throughout Sport 2 of the 1998 convention quarterfinals, based on NHL Stats.

Makar grew to become the third defenseman in group historical past to report three factors in a interval throughout a playoff recreation. He joined Sandis Ozolinsh (April 13, 2000) and Risto Siltanen (April 14, 1987).

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