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Flames extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1). They’re 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.Anthony Mantha and Mike Green also

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NASHVILLE Womens Jake Gardiner Jersey , Tenn. (AP) Ryan Hartman got a bit nervous with the puck so close to the empty net after a shot by P.K. Subban.The Nashville forward wound up with not only the first playoff goal of his career but the winner with 1:09 left as the Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.Hartman’s goal gave the Predators a 5-3 lead until Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado to 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left. But the Avalanche couldn’t get another puck past goalie Pekka Rinne.”I knew he made a shot toward the net, and I just wanted to be there in case he missed the net to beat out the icing,” Hartman said. ”Sometimes those pucks don’t bounce far enough to the front of the net, luckily it did. Those are the ones you get nervous about, the ones that are laying right there. You just want to make sure you put it in.”The Presidents’ Trophy winners gave up a goal on Colorado’s first shot for a second straight game. Yet the Predators rallied again to take their first 2-0 lead when starting a best-of-seven series in their own building.”It was nice to start here for sure in front of our fans, and it was nice to get the job done,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. ”We did what we’re supposed to do. Now we got to go on the road and do what I said, you got to win some road games along the way too.”Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist, and Viktor Arvidsson, Ryan Johansen and Austin Watson scored a goal apiece. P.K. Subban and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists for Nashville, which has won 12 straight over the Avalanche.”It’s fun playing in this building Matt Bartkowski Jersey Womens ,” Watson said. ”It’s tough to come in here as an opposing team. For us to be able to hold up our end of the bargain and get the two wins is great.”Rinne made 26 saves for the win.Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Bourque and Gabriel Landeskog each added a goal for Colorado.Game 3 is Monday night in Denver.”We’re going to go put our best foot forward,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. ”To me, if we would clean up a couple of mistakes, we win that hockey game. That’s the way I look at it. We’re certainly capable of doing it.”Nashville struggled early yet again despite having country star Brad Paisley singing the national anthem and wrestler Jeff Jarrett revving up the fans before the game.Bourque put Colorado up 1-0 on the Avs’ first shot 2:34 into the game after a turnover in the defensive zone by Hartman.The Avalanche scratched rookie defenseman Samuel Girard with an upper-body injury and replaced him with Duncan Siemens after coming into the series with defenseman Erik Johnson already missing with a knee injury. The corps thinned when Tyson Barrie was hit in the face by a puck that deflected off goalie Jonathan Bernier’s stick, but he returned later in the period.Fiala tied it with 3 seconds left on Nashville’s first power play a minute into the second period. Fiala beat Bernier with a snap shot from the inside edge of the left circle, and that seemed to get the Predators going.The Predators kept Colorado from taking a shot until Nathan MacKinnon put one on net at 9:48, and Rinne smothered that.Arvidsson gave the Predators a 2-1 lead, skating up the right side and blasted a slap shot that went under Bernier’s right arm for an unassisted goal. In a 4-on-4 situation, Predators defenseman P.K. Subban blocked a shot by Barrie. Johansen got the puck on a breakaway and beat Bernier with a backhander.MacKinnon pulled the Avs within 3-2 just 36 seconds later with his first goal this postseason.Watson scored off a Colorado turnover in the Predators’ offensive zone in the third period for a 4-2 lead. But Nashville gave the Avalanche 1:46 of a 5-on-3 to rally, and MacKinnon’s shot deflected off Landeskog to pull Colorado within 4-3. The Predators killed the rest of the penalty Youth John Tavares Jersey , and Rinne made a big pad save on Sven Andrighetto just after the advantage ended.NOTES: The Predators have started series twice before 2-0 and won both series, including last spring when they swept Chicago in the first round. … Nashville went 37-2-4 when leading after two periods in the regular season. … Bednar said Girard is day to day. … Colorado went 2-26-4 when trailing after two periods in the regular season.UP NEXTGame 3 on Monday night in Denver.— CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Led by Sam Bennett, it was long-awaited and much-needed big night for the Flames‘ secondary scorers.Bennett scored twice, including the go-ahead goal late in the third period, and added an assist to lead Calgary to a 6-4 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Friday night.On the go-ahead goal at 16:06 on the power play, Bennett was sent in on a breakaway on a pass from Derek Ryan, and fired a quick shot inside the post on Jimmy Howard, before toppling over the Red Wings goaltender.“The puck was bouncing, so I had a little bit of trouble corralling it,” said Bennett Nazem Kadri Jersey , who had his first three-point night of the season. “And once I finally did, I was pretty tight and I looked up and the first thing I saw was top glove-hand, so I just put it there as fast as I could.”Calgary finished 3 for 3 with the man advantage, with every goal coming from the second power-play unit, which hadn’t produced a goal since Dec. 2. Over the last six games, the Flames are 8 for 14 with the extra man.“I thought Benny had some emotional involvement in the game and that’s when he’s at his best,” Flames coach Bill Peters said. “Good to see those guys get rewarded because I know they’ve put a lot of time in at practice, working on the power play.”James Neal, also on that unit, had a goal and an assist for his first multi-point game of the season. Ryan ended up with a pair of helpers. TJ Brodie, who plays the point on that second unit Danton Heinen Jersey Kids , had an empty-net goal and two assists.“We want to chip in, for sure,” said Neal, whose fifth goal was just his second in the last 33 games. “That No. 1 unit takes a heavy load and rightfully so. For us, when we get a chance to get out there, we want to make something happen. It was good to see that go in tonight.”The Flames’ penalty kill also came through. After giving up a 5-on-3 goal early, they shut out the Red Wings the rest of the way while also producing the goal that made it 4-4 at 14:03.Mark Giordano joined the rush, took a slick feed from Ryan, and fired a shot that deflected off Niklas Kronwall’s stick and bounced past Howard. It was Calgary’s league-leading 15th short-handed goal.“When we go over the boards there with a 4-3 lead, we’ve got to at least keep the puck out of our net on the power play,” said Detroit center Dylan Larkin Authentic Mitchell Marner Jersey , who had two goals. “We’ve got to be smarter with the puck.”Detroit finished 1 for 5 on the power play.“We couldn’t get in the zone,” said Anthony Mantha, who also had a goal. “We have to blame ourselves. We knew the way they were waiting for us at the blue line there and we just couldn’t handle their pressure.”Sean Monahan also scored for Calgary (31-13-5). The Western Conference-leading Flames extend their point streak to seven games (6-0-1). They’re 9-1-2 in their last 12 games.Anthony Mantha and Mike Green also had goals for Detroit, which began a three-game road trip.Relegated to backup duties lately, Mike Smith made 31 saves for Calgary to improve to 14-9-1. He has won nine of his last 11 decisions. Making his third straight start, Jimmy Howard had 30 stops for Detroit.Detroit went ahead 4-3 at 8:35 of the third when Gustav Nyquist got behind the Flames defense and, after mishandling the puck, passed it to Larkin, who scored his 20th.NOTES: Calgary’s Johnny Gaudreau had an assist to extend his points streak to 10 games to tie a career high. … Travis Hamonic (family illness) returned to the Flames’ lineup after missing two games.UP NEXTRed Wings: at Vancouver on Sunday night.Flames: at Edmonton on Sunday night.

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