The Colorado Avalanche made the most of their power play, which was like a steamroller in Game 3 of their series against the Predators, who won 7-3 on Saturday in Nashville.
The visitors were highly opportunistic, hitting each of their first four attempts with a one-man lead.
Artturi Lehkonen and Nathan MacKinnon, in the first half, respectively took advantage of the steps of Eeli Tolvanen and Luke Kunin in the dungeon to put their team ahead. In the next match, Gabriel Landeskog and Nazem Kadri turned on the red light when an opponent was penalized.
“I really liked what our power play did in this series, and this time we just converted our chances,” head coach Jared Bednar summed up at the end of the game. Sometimes it’s as simple as that.”
The Avalanche ultimately completed the game with four goals from five attempts on the power play.
Landeskog, with his second goal of the game, Devon Toews and Valeri Nichushkin, in an empty cage, scored the other Avalanche successes. The captain was also the most productive, with four points.
Despite the loss, the “Preds” also made the most of their numerical advantage. The crowd favorites have hit the target twice in three attempts in similar circumstances, thanks to Tolvanen and Roman Josi. Matt Duchene was the other scorer for the Predators, who now find themselves with their backs to the wall after three short games. They will try to save their skins for the first time on Monday in front of their supporters.
Avalanche lose Kuemper
The organization that develops in Denver experienced a good scare in the first half. During a sequence around his net, goalkeeper Darcy Kuemper was accidentally hit in the face by Ryan Johansen, whose stick blade was inserted inside the goalkeeper’s mask.
Kuemper collapsed on the track removing his mask and clutching his face. He was finally able to leave on his own, without returning to the meeting.
“I don’t know exactly what happened or how. [le bâton] was able to fit in there, Bednar added. It’s unfortunate. It’s a game of bad luck.
“[Kuemper] it is much better. There is a little swelling that has prevented him from coming back, but I hope he is better and can be in front of the net again. [pour le quatrième match].”
The masked man had blocked nine of 10 opposing shots, before giving way to Pavel Francouz, who made 18 saves on 20 shots.
With an inspired 49-save performance in Game 2, Connor Ingram quickly came down to earth, allowing six goals in 41 attempts.