In the opening match of the Western Conference First Round, the Colorado Avalanche defeated the Nashville Predators 7-2. Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals for Colorado. The Central Division’s top seed Cale Makar got a double score. While Mikko Rantanen had three assists, Darcy Kuemper has made 23 saves in her career.

Nashville, the Western Conference’s second wild card, was led by Matt Duchene, who scored twice. David Rittich is replacing rookie Connor Ingram, who made 30 saves in his fourth appearance of the season after allowing five goals on 13 shots.

Avalanche remarked:

“I felt like we played how we wanted to.” “We used our speed to get on pucks immediately, with men forechecking hard, aggressive, and effectively defending. So our men put up a terrific 200-foot effort. It was great to have a goal so early in the game.”

Devon Toews made it 2-0 22 seconds later with a right face-off circle. With a shorthanded goal at 8:30, Andrew Cogliano made it 3-0. Cogliano got his rebound and scored near the right post after Mattias Ekholm dropped a pass to no one in the defensive zone.

At 12:15, Makar made it 4-0 with a shot from a tight angle off Rittich’s mask, who withdrew after Artturi Lehkonen made it 5-0 at 15:04.

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Colorado Avalanche

At the first period, MacKinnon gave the Colorado Avalanche a 1-0 lead.

“That got us all up and moving,” Makar remarked. “I believe that was also his first time with us.”

“It was just a crazy pop-out puck there,” Makar said, “and I saw a chance to take it down the wall.”

After Mark Borowiecki slammed the loose puck into the net during a power play. Landeskog credits with the goal that made it 6-0 at 14:44 of the second period. Landeskog was making his comeback after missing the final 23 games of the regular season due to knee surgery.

In the meantime, at 18:40, Duchene scored a power-play goal to make it 6-1. At 6:03 of the third period, MacKinnon made it 7-1 with a one-timer from the point. And Duchene scored breakaway at 12:26 for a 7-2 final.

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