DENVER (AP) Now that was more of the start Nashville was looking for. The finish? Not as much.Filip Forsberg scored another creative goal Jake Muzzin Jersey , Pekka Rinne rebounded from a rocky performance with 31 saves, and the Predators withstood a furious rally by the Colorado Avalanche for a 3-2 win in Game 4 on Wednesday night to take a 3-1 lead in the first-round series.”I guess probably some teams, every once in a while, can say everything is perfect. Everything is awesome,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said. ”But most times you’re trying to work on something, trying to get better at something.”For the first time all series, the Avs were held scoreless in the opening period and the Predators built a 3-0 cushion heading into the final period.Colton Sissons and Craig Smith also scored for the Predators, who can close out the series Friday when it shifts back to Nashville for Game 5.”We don’t want it to end at all,” Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon said. ”We’re still in it. It’s not over yet.”Rinne was solid early after being pulled from the last game. Cruising along and up 3-0, the Vezina Trophy finalist allowed Gabriel Landeskog’s 5-on-3 power-play goal in the third and another on Alexander Kerfoot’s tap-in off a rebound with 8:59 remaining.Colin Wilson nearly tied with about 2 minutes left when his shot appeared to hit the post. The Avalanche pulled backup goalie Andrew Hammond late, but couldn’t get the tying goal. Tyson Jost sent a shot over the net at the buzzer.”It was a good push by them,” Forsberg said.Forsberg worked his puck-handling magic in the first period by dancing around defenseman Duncan Siemens and juking Jonathan Bernier for his third goal of the series. The ever-creative Forsberg had an artistic goal in Game 1 as well Jeff Carter Jersey , when he sent the puck through the defenseman’s legs before scoring.”Just tried to use my speed wide and use that speed all the way around the net,” Forsberg said.Bernier allowed three goals on 26 shots before being replaced by Hammond to start the third period due to a lower body injury. Hammond had eight saves.Forsberg and his crew came out with a little more spring in their skates for Game 4. This may have played a role: The team went through an up-tempo practice the day before. It was a way to avoid a sluggish start like Monday when Colorado scored three times in the first period of Game 3.The strategy worked. Nashville controlled the tempo except for a frenzied stretch in the third.”We knew we weren’t going to go 16-0,” Forsberg said. ”We were going to lose a game throughout these playoffs and obviously we were just looking to bounce back.”Now, the Avs are looking to regroup.”I’m obviously upset at the result, but I loved our third, there’s no question,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said. ”But we need to find that urgency earlier.”There was a scary moment in the second period when MacKinnon’s stick caught teammate Mikko Rantanen near the eye. Rantanen left with a towel pressed against his face, only to return a few minutes later.But not before the Predators scored another goal as Smith zoomed out of the penalty box and beat Bernier with a wrist shot to make it 3-0.From there, things turned a little testy. Landeskog hit a tumbling Ryan Johansen, who headed to the dressing room. He returned in the third period.P.K. Subban got the crowd fired up early by shooting a puck into Colorado’s net in the pregame warmups. He’s stepped into the villain’s role after delivering a blow to the side of MacKinnon’s helmet during Game 3. Subban was booed each time he touched the puck.The Predators came out firing on all cylinders, even going on an early 5-on-3 power play for 1:20. They but couldn’t get anything past Bernier, but they did knock Bernier’s mask momentarily out of commission when Viktor Arvidsson’s slap shot caught him square him in the cage. Bernier skated over to the bench to grab his backup one. He later returned to his original one.NOTES: Predators F Calle Jarnkrok returned after missing the last 16 games with an upper-body injury. … Rinne felt honored to be a finalist for the award that goes to the league’s top goaltender. ”Even though it’s an individual award http://www.officialkings.com/authentic-adidas-jonathan-quick-jersey , I couldn’t do it without my teammates,” he said. … Avs D Samuel Girard missed a third straight game with an upper-body injury. … Avs F Carl Soderberg took a bit hit from RW Ryan Hartman in the third that drew a charging penalty.— ST. LOUIS (AP) — Andrew Cogliano was in the right place at the right time for the Anaheim Ducks.Ben Street and Cogliano scored third-period goals, Ryan Miller made 29 saves, and the Ducks rallied to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Sunday night.Jakob Silfverberg also scored for the Ducks, who won for the third straight time at Enterprise Center and matched a franchise-best winning streak at St. Louis from Dec. 21, 2005, to March 31. 2007.“I got on the forecheck and I think someone turned it over,” Cogliano said of his first goal of the season. “I was able to just get to the net and (Ryan Kessler) made a quick play at the net, and I was able to bang one in.”Alexander Steen and Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues, and Vladimir Tarasenko had a pair of assists. Chad Johnson made 28 saves in his debut for St. Louis, which fell to 1-2-2 to start the season.“Nowadays you’ve got to get people in front of the net, you’ve got to get deflections on goalies and they’re a good team of doing that Nate Thompson Jersey ,” Johnson said. “They’ve always been known to get bodies to the net and they did that tonight.”Street erased a 2-1 deficit for the Ducks at 7:16 of the third period, tipping a Josh Manson shot from the point past Johnson.Cogliano chipped in the eventual game-winner with 5:16 left, beating Johnson between his pads with one second remaining on an Anaheim power play.“I don’t think I was meant to be out there on the power play,” Cogliano joked. “I think I just snuck out there. I got the power play average up. They should be thanking me.”Ducks coach Randy Carlyle thought putting Cogliano’s line on the ice might provide a jolt.“We didn’t look very good,” Carlyle said. “We just put their line out, 18 seconds left and they found a way to get one. It was good to see and it’s a difference-maker.”Silfverberg’s team-high third goal of the season gave the Ducks a 1-0 lead with 1:39 left in the first. Max Comtois’ outlet pass sprung Silverberg on a breakaway as he split the Blues’ defensive pairing of Joel Edmundson and Colton Parayko and beat Johnson with a wrist shot over his glove.Steen’s goal midway through the second period for the Blues tied the game at 1-1. After sustained pressure, Steen deflected a shot by Edmundson between the circles past Miller.“Right now, there’s just some individual or immature mistakes that we’re making, not just the ones that end up in our net, but the ones that give them a little fuel,” Steen said. “It’s something, obviously Authentic Oscar Fantenberg Jersey , we’re going to have to clean up.”Bozak’s power play goal, his first as a Blue, made it 2-1 with 4:08 left in the second. It was the Blues’ fourth power-play goal in their last seven games.Miller came up with several big saves in the third period, including two stops on a late rush by Tarasenko and Braden Schenn.“I felt good as we went,” Miller said. “I felt like I was skating a little bit better than in preseason. I’ve been trying to work on that. I was able to stay in the shooting lanes, something else I’ve been working on.”NOTES: Blues D Robert Bortuzzo left the game with a lower body injury after playing just 5:33. … Blues LW Jaden Schwartz missed his season straight game with a lower body injury. … Miller, who made his first start this season in goal for the Ducks, played 19 games for the Blues at the end of the 2013-14 season. … Aside from Schwartz, the Blues scratched RW Chris Thorburn and D Jakub Jerabek. The Ducks scratched D Luke Schenn, RW Carter Rowney and C Joseph Blandisi.UP NEXTAnaheim: Hosts the New York Islanders on Wednesday night.St. Louis: Visits Montreal on Wednesday night.
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