Denver Avalanche Outlast Nashville Predators in OT
Denver, Colo – The Colorado Avalanche stole a 2-1 overtime victory against the Nashville Predators in the first round of the NHL Playoffs.
Both goals were scored in the first period. However, the remainder of the game was a defensive standstill.
Yakov Trenin opened the scoring after getting right behind the defense, scoring off of a great pass form Roman Josi.
Colorado found a way to respond as Nathan MacKinnon went from one blue line to the next, showing off his speed for the tying goal.
In addition, the two goalies showed out in this game. Darcy Kuemper and Connor Ingram got the start in net for the duel.
Ingram was given the start after a 7-2 Game 1 blowout, and he put up a much better performance for Nashville.
The young goalie made his first career playoff game and put up 41 straight saves after the first goal by MacKinnon.
This game would go to overtime, however, and the Avalanche were able to put in the sudden death goal.
Cade Makar was able to put it in the back of the net when a deflected puck hit his stick, scoring the winning goal.
Colorado now lead the series 2-0, with the Predators having their back to the wall going forward.
Huge Shot Difference
The Avalanche are one of the fastest teams in the NHL. The Predators are one of the most physical teams. This game came to speed v. physicality.
Colorado put up 50 shots, meanwhile a very low 26 shots for the Nashville Predators. Colorado did a great job defensively and forced Nashville to be very selective with their shots.
Credit goes to Ingram for his ability to be as much of a brick wall as he was with 48 total saves off 50 Avalanche shots.
These two teams will now travel to Nashville for two games as Colorado attempts the sweep on the road. Game 3 will be played on May 9 on ESPN.