Predators swept by Avalanche, ending season

Published: May. 9, 2022 at 8:35 PM CDT|Updated: May. 9, 2022 at 10:44 PM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - The Nashville Predators’ season came to an end on Monday night as they fell to the Colorado Avalanche, 5-3, at Bridgestone Arena.

The Predators were looking to stay alive in the series, dropping the first three games to the Avalanche.

Colorado came out aggressive, as left wing Andre Burakovsky scored early in the first period. Nashville took their time throughout the opening period, but Yakov Trenin scored on a wrist shot in the final minute, tying the game at 1 going into the first intermission.

Roughly 12 minutes into the 2nd period, Cale Makar scored to give the Avs the lead, but Nashville would get it right back moments later when Trenin pounced on a rebound puck the flipped it in to even up the game at 2.

Filip Forsberg kept the momentum going for the Preds, taking the puck from Matt Duchene and finding the net for the Preds’ first lead of the series, 3-2. It would be short-lived, however, as Colorado went on a rush with Devon Toews scoring his third goal in in two games to tie it back up. Makar would add another just minutes later for the 4-3 lead.

Colorado would add on the sealer with an empty net in the final seconds to put the final nail in.

The Preds battled in Game 3, as the score was tied 3-3 in the second period. But, the Avalanche took over midway through the second period and into the third as they scored four unanswered goals and won the game 7-3.

After a rough 7-2 loss to start the series, the Predators had been more competitive in the recent games. They suffered a 2-1 overtime loss to the Avalanche in Game 2. In that game, Nashville’s Connor Ingram made 49 saves in the team’s Game 2 effort. Center Yakov Trenin scored the team’s lone goal of the night.

The team did have some positive news Monday. Predators defenseman Roman Josi is one of three finalists for the Norris Trophy, the NHL announced on Monday. The award is given to a defense player that shows throughout the season the greatest all-around ability in the position.

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