This time, it held up.
MacKinnon scored twice, including one as part of a three-goal first period and another to chase Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne from the game, and the Avalanche beat the Predators 5-3 in Game 3 on Monday night to pull to 2-1 in the first-round series.
MacKinnon’s goal at 4:25 of the second period gave Colorado a 4-0 lead and prompted the Predators to pull Rinne in favor of backup Juuse Saros. Rinne allowed four goals on 15 shots.
We weren’t very good in front of him, Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. I didn’t think we were giving him the support he needed.
Laviolette wasn’t in a mood to elaborate on what exactly went wrong.
Elite DeMario Davis Jersey It wasn’t good, Laviolette said of the first period.
The Devils scored four third-period goals in cutting Tampa Bay’s series lead to 2-1. Game 4 will also be played at the Prudential Center on Wednesday.
Hall, appearing in the playoffs for the first time since being the No. 1 overall pick in 2010, downplayed his role.
It’s not my first playoff win, it’s ours as a group, said Hall, who had a career year in goals, assists and points. We had Brandon Tanev Jersey some confidence coming back on home ice with how we played to finish the regular season. It’s a great feeling. We’re still down 2-1. We still have a lot of room to go but it’s a nice start.
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The Devils had a lot of contributors.
Rookie Will Butcher had a power-play goal earlier in the third to tie the score 2-all. Blake Coleman and Ben Lovejoy added empty net goals late. Schneider only gave up two power-play goals in taking over for Keith Kinkaid and giving the Devils a chance in this series.
It’s huge. You could see there at the end it getting a little nasty similar to the last game, Schneider said of the win. We’ve got the emotional involvement now. We’re on each other’s nerves. It’s going to a series.