Nathan MacKinnon scored twice to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators in Game 3 of their Round One series on Monday night at the Pepsi Center. The result cuts Nashville's series lead to a 2-1 margin and sees their 12-game overall win streak against the Avalanche come to an end.
Skating in their first playoff game at home in four seasons, the Avs jumped on the Preds early and rode the energy to a three-goal first period. Nashville's effort eventually got better, and they put three past Jonathan Bernier before the end of the night, but the first 20 minutes was what did the visitors in as they suffered their first loss of these playoffs.
"We didn't play well at all in the first period," Preds Captain Roman Josi said. "They came out right away as the better team and got a couple goals. We deserve what we got. We didn't really show up in the first period."