The series between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche shifts to Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Avalanche won the first two games of the series, by the scores of 7-2, and 2-1 in OT.
Here is how the two teams would line up today:
In the first period, it would be the road Avalanche who would get on the board first. The goal would be scored by Artturi Lehkonen, his second goal of the playoffs, with the assists on the play coming from Devon Toews and Samuel Girard. The goal came via the power play.
Six minutes later, the Avalanche would double their lead in the game. While on the power play, Nathan MacKinnon would score his fourth goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play would come from Gabriel Landeskog and Cale Makar.
A minute later, the Predators would get on the board to cut into the Avalanche lead. The goal came from Matt Duchene, his third goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play came from Luke Kunin and Alexandre Carrier. The period would end with the Avalanche up 2-1. At the end of the period, the starting goaltender for the Avalanche was hit with a stray stick in the eye, which saw him exit the game and saw the backup goalie Francouz enter.
Early in the second period, the Predators would tie up the game via the power play. The goal would come from Eeli Tolvanen, his first goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play would come from Mattias Ekholm, and Alexandre Carrier, his second assist of the game.
Five minutes later, the Avalanche would re-establish their lead. The goal would be scored by Gabriel Landeskog, his second point of the game. The goal came via the power play, the third power play goal of the game. The assists on the play would be tallied by Mikko Rantanen and Cale Makar, his second assist in the game.
Two minutes later, the Predators would once again tie up the game. The goal coming via the power play, their second power play goal of the game. The goal was tallied by Roman Josi, with the assists on the play coming from Ryan Johansen and Mikkel Granlund.
The Avalanche would once again take the lead in the game. The goal coming from Gabriel Landeskog, his second goal of the game, his third point of the game. The assists on the play coming from Nazem Kadri and Josh Manson.
Before the end of the second period, the Avalanche would add another goal, giving them another two goal lead. The goal coming from Nazem Kadri, his first goal of the playoffs, the play was unassisted. It was also a power play goal, their fourth of the game. The Avalanche would take a 5-3 lead heading into the third period.
In the third period, the Avalanche would get two insurance markers. The first one coming from Devon Toews, his second point of the game, and his second goal of the playoffs. The assists on the play coming from Cale Makar and Gabriel Landeskog. The second insurance marker coming from Valeri Nichushkin, his first of the playoffs. The assists coming from Mikko Rantanen and Erik Johnson.
The Avalanche would win Game 3 by a score of 7-3, to take a commanding 3-0 series lead.
The next game for these two teams will be on Monday May 9th at 930p on TNT
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