A little over three minutes into the period, Austin Watson would put a shot on net from a poor angle and beat Jonathan Bernier on the short side to tie the game.
Hartman's goal gave the Predators a 5-3 lead until Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado to 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left. But the Preds scored three goals in the second and two in the third.
Can the Avalanche bounce back after a subpar performance in Game 1?
Over is 5-0-1 in Predators last 6 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game and over is 4-0 in Predators last 4 vs. a team with a winning record and Predators are 8-0 in their last 8 Conference Quarterfinals games. In case you missed it, he backslides it, sends it through Girard's legs and puts one in the back of the net for his second goal of the period.
The Predators then went on the power play with 11:20 left in the second period.
It is rare to have game one hosted in Nashville. The goal would calm down the roaring crowd in Nashville and give the Avalanche confidence as they would continue to push throughout the period, earning some chances on a pair of power plays late in the first, but Rinne stood tall in net, making tremendous saves on Tyson Jost and Gabriel Landeskog, and keeping the Avalanche from building upon their lead.
In the third, Nashville showed why they won the President's Trophy this season, and leading scorer Filip Forsberg would take over. While the special musical guests are usually kept a secret at the playoff games, Joe Don hinted that his band would take the ice ahead of Thursday night's game.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Logan Couture had a goal and an assist, Martin Jones made 28 saves and San Jose excelled on the road again, beating Anaheim to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series. They are home again, and have won nine of their last eleven playoff games at home. Just as Bridgestone Arena expected, the Predators took full control in the final period.
One fan caught a puck that went up into the seats.
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