Clarksville, Tn– The Nashville Predators became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a 4-2 road win over the Colorado Avalanche tonight.
Colton Sissons and Filip Forsberg had two goals each to lead the Predators to the victory. This is the fourth straight 20 goal season for Forsberg and the fourth straight playoff appearance for Nashville.
Juuse Saros provided the backstop for Nashville tonight, stopping 33 shots on goal.
Sissons started the scoring for the Predators at 17:26 of the first period on a wrist shot that beat Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov for the early 1-0 lead. Sissons was assisted on the goal by P K Subban and Craig Smith.
Nathan Mackinnon would draw Colorado even at 1-1 with a slap shot at 19:01 of the first period, assisted by Tyson Barrie and Mikko Rantanen.
Mar 16, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons (10) shoots on Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1) in the first period at the Pepsi Center. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
The Avalanche would take a 2-1 lead at 3:28 of the second period as Gabriel Landeskog would score on a wrist shot, assisted by Gabriel Bourque and David Warsofsky.
The Predators would answer back at 6:28 of the second period as Filip Forsberg would score his first goal of the night, on a wrist shot that beat Varlamov. Craig Smith and Roman Josi assisted on the goal.
Nashville would take the lead at 13:39 of the third period as Colton Sissons would score his second goal of the night, for the 3-2 lead, and the Predators would never look back. Sissons was assisted on the goal by Ryan Hartman and Nick Bonino.
As time was winding down and the Avalanche pulled their goalie, Viktor Arvidsson and Filip Forsberg took the puck on a breakaway and Arvidsson fed the puck to Forsberg for the score. This allowed Forsberg to notch his 20th goal of the season.
The Predators had to kill off five penalties in tonight’s game, something that’s concerned head coach Peter Laviolette.
Nashville concludes this brief three game road trip with a game on Monday night at Buffalo. Puck drops at 6:00pm.
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