The Morning After: Avalanche rolls in Game 3, snaps 12-game losing streak to Nashville


The Avalanche won its first Stanley Cup playoff game since 2014 in Game 5 of a first-round series against Minnesota: Colorado 5, Nashville 3 in Game 3 at the Pepsi Center. Nathan MacKinnon (two goals) and Gabe Landeksog (goal, two assists) led the charge. Here’s the game story.

Mark Kiszla column: Nathan MacKinnon and Avs expose Nashville as great pretenders in quest for Stanley Cup.

Sidebar on P.K. Subban’s sucker-punch to the back of MacKinnon’s head.

It was a chippy game. Skirmish tracker here.

THREE STARS

Nathan MacKinnon. The Avs’ Hart Trophy candidate as NHL MVP was sensational Monday, scoring two goals to improve his playoff points total to five (three goals). Pepsi Center had plenty of “MVP” chants for Colorado’s former top draft pick.
Gabe Landeskog. Colorado’s captain had a goal and a pair of assists, including one on a takeaway setting up MacKinnon with a one-on-one against Preds goalie Pekka Rinne. Set the tone with his physical play.
Jonathan Bernier. After a rough couple of games in Nashville, the backup-turned-starter settled down Monday, allowing two late goals at even strength. The Preds’ power-play goal came on a 5-on-3.

Gabe Landeskog after Game 3 win #Avs pic.twitter.com/H3fS6HuYPO

— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) April 17, 2018

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

MacKinnon’s parents, Graham and Kathy MacKinnon, attended they game. They also attended Game 1 and 2 in Nashville and plan on watching their son live at every game of the series.

NEXT UP

Game 4 Wednesday at the Pepsi Center, 8 p.m.

Jared Bednar after 5-3 win in Game 3 #Avs https://t.co/TcHFvWhEKA

— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) April 17, 2018

TAKEAWAYS

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