The Nashville Predators had very few answers for the top line of the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-2 loss at Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday.
Nashville (17-7-1) had an opportunity to put seven points of separation between themselves and Colorado (14-6-4), but Nathan MacKinnon’s two-goal night denied Peter Laviolette his 200th victory with the Predators.
Filip Forsberg had a couple of dangerous chances early, but it was Ryan Hartman who opened the scoring, deflecting a Matt Irwin feed off of Samuel Girard’s skate and past Semyon Varlamov.
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the Preds on the penalty kill for the first time, and it didn’t take long for Nathan MacKinnon to draw things back even.
Nashville’s first power play attempt came after the Avs were hit with a bench minor for too many men on the ice. It came and went without much excitement. Kevin Fiala, he of some of the worst luck going right now, has a puck bounce over his stick four feet away from a wide-open net.
Ian Cole got the puck through traffic and past Rinne early in the second period, but it was waved off for hitting a high Avs stick on the way in.
Rinne made several strong saves, but was unable to stop MacKinnon from getting his second goal of the night at the 6:22 mark of the period.
Fiala tied the game at the 9:06 mark of the second with a nifty redirection from Forsberg.
A holding penalty against Patrik Nemeth sent the Predators back on the power play, where Rinne bailed his team out with a big save on a Matt Calvert shorthanded chance.
Nashville started the third period on the power play, but was unable to convert again. Miikka Salomaki was called for tripping at 3:27 and Tyson Jost gave Colorado a 3-2 lead on the ensuing power play.