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WHEN / WHERE

April 5, 2016 / Game 80

Bridgestone Arena / Nashville, TN

HIGHLIGHTS

Colorado had every chance given to them in this last stretch of the season to make a run at the playoffs, but they just couldn’t do their job and win games. Tuesday night was no different, as they fell to the Predators be a score of 4-3.

In the first period, Nashville got out to a quick start when Colin Wilson made it 1-0 with his sixth goal of the season at 8:15. Moments later, at the 10:19 mark, Filip Forsberg scored a highlight reel goal between his legs to make it 2-0. Before the period came to an end, the Avs got on the scoreboard with a goal by Mikkel Boedker at 16:12, assisted by Tyson Barrie and Matt Duchene.

The Avs tied up the game at 17:30 of the second period, when Jarome Iginla scored his 21st goal of the season — assisted by Shawn Matthias and Matt Duchene.

Thirty-six seconds into the third period, Nashville took a 3-2 lead on a goal by Mike Fisher. Just over one minute later, Colorado evened it up again when Shawn Matthias scored, assisted by Zach Redmond and John Mitchell. The Avs’ just could never find a way to get on top and instead, again found a way to lose another game. At 4:17 of the third, Craig Smith scored his 21st goal of the season to put the Preds up for good, and put the Avs to bed for the year.

THREE STARS

  1. Filip Forsberg
  2. Colin Wilson
  3. Craig Smith

PLAY OF THE GAME

This goal by Forsberg will be talked about for a long time. Great display of patience and hands.

TURNING POINT

This goal by Smith would put the Preds ahead for good and officially dash all of the Avs’ playoff hopes.

BY THE NUMBERS

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QUOTE OF THE GAME

“I’m very disappointed, because yeah we are out of the playoffs, but also this is the story of our season. We started the third period tied at 2-2 and they made it 3-2, we tie it 3-3 and then all of a sudden we found a way to lose the game … Unfortunately for us, it’s been the story of our season.”

Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy

LASTING IMPACT

It was another disapointing effort for the boys in burgundy and blue on this night, and it really was a microcosm of the entire season for the Avs. The feelings through the Avalanche organizational structure right now puts out mixed feelings about the future of certain members of this team, and it will be interesting to see what happens this offseason.

WHAT’S NEXT

The Avs will play two more regular season games before hitting their favorite golf courses and vacation spots, the first of which will be played in Dallas on Thursday night at 6:30pm MT.

Nick Bracken

Covers DU Hockey, Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Rapids for BSNDenver. Nick can be followed @nickbracken303 on Twitter. He enjoys watching any live sports on TV and playing hockey and golf in his free-time. Chris Drury is his all-time favorite athlete.

  • Eric

    What a bummer. What an absolute bummer.