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Preds Bounce Back to Beat Avalanche, Take 3-1 Series Lead

Nashville Scores Game's First Three Goals, Fend Off Late Push in Colorado

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 3, COL 2

Predators hold off Avs' late rally to take Game 4

Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who built a 3-0 lead and held on for a 3-2 win against the Avalanche in Game 4

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The Nashville Predators said they would be better in Game 4. Promise fulfilled.

A dominant start, followed by a final stand led the Preds to defeat the Colorado Avalanche, 3-2, to take a 3-1 series lead with a chance to finish things off in Game 5 back in Nashville.

After allowing three goals in the first period of Game 3, the Predators knew they needed an improved effort from the first moments of Game 4. An early 8-0 advantage in shots eventually brought about another jaw-dropping tally from Filip Forsberg, and although the Avalanche pushed back in the third period, the Preds have sent Colorado to the brink.

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Three Thoughts: Preds Dominate Early in Game 4 Victory

Koorsen Fire & Security Recap: Forsberg Nets Another Highlight-Reel as Preds Take 3-1 Series Lead

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Predators built a 3-0 lead over the Avalanche on their way to taking Game 4 by a 3-2 final score and bringing a 3-1 series lead in Round One back to Nashville.

Fil-thy Forsberg:

Dominance. That's what the Predators exhibited to start Game 4.

But after a 5-on-3 power-play opportunity wasn't converted and Avs goaltender Jonathan Bernier made a desperation save on Mike Fisher, the possibility that the Predators were going to end the first period without a goal seemed to be rising.

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Slow Start Leads Preds to Game 3 Loss in Colorado

Three-Goal First Period from Avalanche Hands Nashville First Loss of 2018 Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Predators fall in Game 3, 5-3

NSH Recap: Johansen, Sissons and Watson score in loss

Ryan Johansen, Colton Sissons and Austin Watson each scored a goal, but it wasn't enough as the Predators lost Game 3 by a score of 5-3

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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."

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Three Thoughts: Early Deficit Costs Preds in Game 3

Koorsen Fire & Security Recap: Avalanche Score Four Times in Opening 25 Minutes, Preds Unable to Rally

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Avalanche built an early 4-0 lead and the Predators dropped their first game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by a 5-3 final score in Game 3.

Colorado's Herculean Push:

The Predators knew the push was coming. They knew the Avalanche would have renewed energy with the Round One series shifting to Colorado.

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Preds Score Five Again, Take 2-0 Series Lead Over Avalanche

Nashville Makes Most of Home-Ice Advantage with 2-0 Series Lead at Bridgestone Arena for First Time

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: COL 4, NSH 5

Balanced attack lifts Predators to 5-4 win in Game 2

Kevin Fiala notched a goal and assist, while P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm recorded two assists in a 5-4 Game 2 win against the Avalanche

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In this season of firsts, add another to the list.

Five different Predators found the back of the net as Nashville defeated the Colorado Avalanche, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon to take a 2-0 series lead in their Round One tilt.

It's the third time in club history the Predators have gone up 2-0 to start a series, but the first time they've done so on their home ice, riding the atmosphere inside of Bridgestone Arena to their second five-goal performance in as many games to start the 2018 postseason.

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Three Thoughts: Five Preds Score, Nashville Takes 2-0 Series Lead

Koorsen Fire & Security Recap: Preds Score Twice at 4-on-4, Hang on for Win

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

Five different Preds scored as Nashville took Game 2 by a 5-4 final score for a 2-0 series lead over the Avalanche.

4-on-4 Conversion: The Predators tallied twice while skating 4-on-4 in the second period.

First, Viktor Arvidsson looked off a pass to Ryan Johansen and beat Jonathan Bernier with a slapper from the right circle. Four minutes later, P.K. Subban blocked a shot just outside the Predators' crease, before Johansen went in alone on the Avs' netminder and gave Nashville their third unanswered goal and a 3-1 lead.

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Forsberg Leads Preds to Game 1 Win Over Avalanche

Three-Goal Third Period Sees Forsberg Score Twice as Nashville Takes 1-0 Series Lead

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: COL 2, NSH 5

Forsberg's two goals lead Predators to 5-2 Game 1 win

Filip Forsberg scored two goals in the 3rd to put the Predators ahead, and Ryan Johansen added two assists in a 5-2 win against the Avalanche

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Filip Forsberg scored once. And then he brought the house down.

The Swedish star tallied twice and the Nashville Predators came back to defeat the Colorado Avalanche in Game 1 by a 5-2 final to take a 1-0 lead in their opening round series.

It took the Predators until the third period to collect their first lead of the game, but once they did, there was no looking back. And in a game that wasn't always in favor of the home team, Nashville delivered when it mattered most.

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Three Thoughts: Forsberg Helps Preds Take Game 1

Koorsen Fire & Security Recap: Forsberg Scores Goal of the Playoffs Already

by Thomas Willis @TomAWillis / Digital Manager & Producer

The Nashville Predators take Game 1 thanks to two goals from Filip Forsberg in the third period.

Here are three things that stood out in the Predators' 5-2 win over the Avalanche:

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Forsberg Hat Trick Leads Preds to Victory in Regular-Season Finale

Nashville Accepts Presidents' Trophy, Will Face Colorado in Stanley Cup Playoffs

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: CBJ 2, NSH 4

Forsberg nets hat trick to lead Predators to 4-2 win

Filip Forsberg recorded a hat trick as the Predators beat the Blue Jackets, 4-2, in their final game of the regular season

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The most successful regular season in Predators history finished with one more exclamation point.

Filip Forsberg recorded a hat trick as Nashville defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 4-2 final on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. The win adds to Nashville's franchise-record totals on the season, giving them 53 victories and 117 points to close out the 2017-18 campaign - with the Presidents' Trophy in the house.

Prior to Saturday's game, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly was on hand to present the trophy to the Preds for finishing the season with the League's top record. As Predators Head Coach Peter Laviolette said following the contest, the team was proud to accept the honor in recognition of the past six months that included milestone after milestone, a way to conclude one chapter before beginning the next.

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Predators Win Central Division, West and Presidents' Trophy

Craig Smith's Two Goals Lead Preds to Franchise-Record 52nd Win, Three Banners in One Night

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Communications & Content Coordinator

Recap: NSH 4, WSH 3

Predators clinch Central Division with 4-3 win

Nashville clinched their first Central Division and regular-season Western Conference titles, and won the Presidents' Trophy with a Bruins loss

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In a span of 15 minutes, the Nashville Predators set a flurry of franchise firsts, each more impressive than the last.

The Preds' 4-3 victory over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night gave Nashville their first Central Division title in franchise history. The two points also bestowed a regular-season Western Conference crown on the Predators.

The final horn at Capital One Arena didn't sound the end of the tension, however, as the team then ran to the locker room to view the closing moments of the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers game on their phones. A Jared McCann goal with 5:37 left was just what the Panthers and Preds needed; the Panthers' 3-2 triumph clinching one more banner for the Predators, this time the League's regular-season crown as Presidents' Trophy winners.

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