Avalanche Bury Predators In Stanley Cup

FILE COPY Colin Wilson #22, Alexander Kerfoot #13, and Tyson Jost #17 of the Colorado Avalanche congratulate teammate Nathan MacKinnon #29 on scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period in Game Two of the Western Conference First Round during the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.                                        Photo Credit: Frederick Breedon/Getty Images/AFP


Nathan MacKinnon scored twice as Colorado hit back to beat Nashville 5-3 in game three of their Stanley Cup playoff series on Monday.

The Avalanche were desperate for a victory after the Predators won the first two games of the series to raise the prospect of a sweep.

Colorado had endured a 12-game losing streak to last year’s Stanley Cup finalists stretching back to 2016.

But the Avalanche were set on their way to a deserved win after a deadly display of finishing in the first period.

Blake Comeau, Gabriel Bourque and MacKinnon all scored to put Colorado 3-0 ahead.

MacKinnon grabbed his second at the start of the second period to leave Colorado in complete control at 4-0.

Ryan Johansen pulled one back for Nashville to make it 4-1, and there was fleeting hope of a comeback when Colton Sissons scored the Predators second.

Gabriel Landeskog slammed the door on Nashville though with Colorado’s fifth of the night, helping to seal a win which gives the Avalanche hope of levelling the series in game four in Denver on Wednesday.

In other games on Monday, San Jose moved to the brink of a series sweep over the Anaheim Ducks, winning 8-1 to take a 3-0 lead.

In the Eastern Conference, two goals from Patrick Marleau helped the Toronto Maple Leafs score a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins. The Bruins lead the series 2-1 heading into game four.

The New Jersey Devils also pulled a game back in their series with the Tampa Bay Lightning, winning 5-2 in Newark. Tampa Bay lead the series 2-1.


Penguins Down Predators In Stanley Cup Final

Nick Bonino scored twice, including a game-sealing empty net goal, to help lift the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators Monday night in the opening game of the NHL Stanley Cup Final.

The Penguins took a 3-0 first period lead on goals from Evgeni Malkin, Conor Sheary, and Bonino before Nashville fought back to even it 3-3 on scores from Ryan Ellis, Colton Sissons, and Fredrick Gaudreau.

Jake Guentzel beat Predators goalie Pekka Rinne with a shot high on the glove side with 3:17 remaining to put Pittsburgh back on top 4-3 before Bonino’s empty-netter sealed the win.

The best-of-seven series will resume with Game Two Wednesday night in Pittsburgh.