I’ll be honest, I thought this game would end just like all the others against Nashville, in Nashville.
A fluky early goal for the Preds (check). A bunch of bad refereeing in favor of the Predators (check). A goal by Filip Forsberg (check). Some kind of bungled third-period sequence that ultimately dooms the Avs.
The Avs actually won a regular-season game against the Nashville Predators Tuesday night, 3-2 at Bridgestone Arena. Tyson Jost scored the tie-breaking, third-period game-winner – not long after I tweeted “Avs second line MIA tonight.”
But seriously, it’s been a long time since we could say the Avalanche beat the Predators in Nashville. Eleven games, in fact. The Preds’ 11-game winning streak against the Avs was – previously – the longest active streak in the league. Of course, we did know what it was like to win in Nashville – or have we all forgotten The Hamburglar’s miracle Game 5 last spring already? But this was the first time in about three years that the Avs came out with a win in Smashville, prior to one playoff win.
Let’s get to the takeaways I had from the night: