Two players will receive most of the credit for the Nashville Predators’ win. And, of course, we expect this type of play out of them, game in and game out. Still, they deserve the praise.
Filip Forsberg took over the game in the third period. With two goals in the games final 20 minutes, Forsberg’s energy and tenacity pushed the Predators to victory. The team fed off what Forsberg was able to do, and they shut down the Avalanche in the final 20 minutes. Of course, the crowd rather enjoyed his play as well.
Truly, the game rested on the back of Pekka Rinne. On several occasions, the Avalanche broke away from the Predators defense, gaining quality scoring chances. Rinne denied them time after time. On the game, Colorado had 25 scoring chances and 8 high-danger opportunities. They constantly found gaps in the Predators defense, especially in the slot. If it were not for Rinne’s continued top-level play, the Predators would have lost the game.