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NASHVILLE Adidas James Neal Jersey , Tenn. (AP) — Colorado was due for a regular-season win against the Nashville Predators.Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves and the streaking Avalanche beat Nashville 3-2 on Tuesday night.Tyson Jost had the other goal for the Avalanche, who have won five straight. Colorado also ended an 11-game losing streak to Nashville in the regular season. The teams met in the first round of the playoffs last season, with Nashville winning the series in six games.Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala scored for the Predators.With the game tied early in the third period and Colorado on a power play, J.T. Compher slid a pass to Jost in the left circle. He sent a wrist shot through traffic that slipped by Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.“It was exciting to get that go-ahead goal there,” Jost said. “This was a really fun game. They’re a good team. We knew that it was going to be a big game for us.”Varlamov was particularly strong in the third period, when he turned aside all 20 Nashville shots he faced. His teammates helped him out late, blocking four shots over the last 2:29 with Rinne lifted for an extra attacker.“Young teams, you’ve got to keep your poise and your mind about you when things get a little crazy at the end of the game,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “They’re pouring it on, they’re pinching down on everything and we did a nice job of winning all battles and chipping pucks out.”Hartman scored the game’s first goal at 11:07 of the opening period. He sent a wrist shot from the left point toward the Colorado net that went off the skate of Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard’s right skate and by a surprised Varlamov.MacKinnon tied it 2:03 later with a power-play goal.Mikko Rantanen sent a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon in the left circle Adidas Austin Czarnik Jersey , where he beat Rinne with a wrist shot underneath the left leg pad.Rinne finished with 22 saves.“Tight game,” he said. “(I) thought we had enough chances to win the game. Give them credit, their power play was very effective tonight. It’s a good team. Obviously it’s disappointing when it’s a division game and you come up short, especially at home.”Rantanen and MacKinnon combined again at 6:22 of the second to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.In the high slot, Rantanen found MacKinnon on the right side, and he skated to the lower part of the circle and beat Rinne with a wrist shot low to the far side.“I was going to cut to the middle, I was just waiting for him to see me,” MacKinnon said of Rantanen. “He’s going to find me if I’m open.”Colorado is 11 for 22 on the power play in its last six games.“There was looks both ways and they took one more,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “I thought it was a game that went back and forth. There were lots of chances. Specialty teams (were) the difference.”Girard, playing against his former team, picked up the secondary assist on both of MacKinnon’s goals.Fiala tied the game 2-all at 9:06 of the second.From above the left circle Adidas Elias Lindholm Jersey , Filip Forsberg sent a pass to Fiala skating through the slot, and he was able to redirect the puck by Varlamov on the glove side just underneath the crossbar.NOTES: Nashville fell to 13-1-0 when scoring first. … After not allowing a power-play goal in five consecutive games, the Predators have given up three in their last two games. … Colorado has won five consecutive road games. … MacKinnon has points in five straight games (five goals, six assists).UP NEXTAvalanche: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.Predators: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday. VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Jamie McGinn and his Florida Panthers teammates were thinking about the shooting back home as they faced the Vancouver Canucks.Many of the Panther players were emotional after their 4-3 victory Wednesday night. At least 17 people were killed in the shooting at Parkland, Fla. that’s near the practice facility.”It was tough,” said McGinn, who scored a power-play goal in the win. ”You turn on the TV in the afternoon . . . and it’s close to home. This is where a lot of the guys, they have young kids now, but when they get older that’s the high school they will be going to, so it affected our team.Article continues below ...”It’s a sad world we live in right now.”Captain Derek Mackenzie’s voice cracked with emotion when talking to reporters.”I think it goes to show the character in the room Adidas Tyler Graovac Jersey ,” he said. ”We talked about getting two points and kind of dedicating this win to everybody back home.”What can I say? It’s a sad day. I wish I was there right now to talk to my family and neighbors and everyone that has been affected by this. But we can’t be there so the next best thing is come back and win.”Florida gave up a goal just 32 seconds into the game and trailed 2-1 with just over eight minutes gone in the first period. The Panthers battled back with three straight goals before the period ended, the last two just 1:11 apart.”I don’t know if it was one of our best games, but you give credit to the guys, given the circumstances today,” said MacKenzie.”I thought we had a bit of a sluggish start, probably for a lot of reasons, then kind of settled in and tried to control emotions and came up with two points.”Nick Bjugstad led the Panthers with a goal and an assist.Evgenii Dadonov and Alexander Petrovic also scored for Florida (25-23-6). The Panthers are 6-1-0 in their last seven games and are seven points behind the Carolina Hurricanes for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.Bo Horvat had a goal and two assists for Vancouver (22-29-6). Brock Boeser, on a power play, and Michael Del Zotto also scored for the Canucks, who are 1-6-0 in their last seven games.Florida goalie James Reimer, making his second consecutive start after missing six games with a groin injury Adidas Noah Hanifin Jersey , stopped 34 shots. Canuck goaltender Jacob Markstrom was replaced after allowing four goals on 14 shots in the first period. Anders Nilsson stopped all 20 shots he faced in relief.The first period saw a couple of strange goals scored.Vancouver’s opening goal came when Del Zotto took a shot that Reimer stopped. The rebound floated high in the air and appeared to deflect off Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad’s stick into the net.McGinn tied the game on another bizarre play. Ekblad took a shot from a sharp angle that hit McGinn on the back, flipped over his shoulder and into the net.It was that kind of night, said Horvat.”It was a bunch of fluke goals,” he shrugged. ”You can’t make any excuses.”It was fluky goals tonight but that’s the way it bounces.”It was a frustrating loss for the Canucks, who were coming off an impressive 6-0 shutout of the Dallas Stars Sunday night.”We have to be consistent,” said Horvat. ”We’ve had great games then the next game or two games haven’t been so good.”To find that consistency in our game will be huge.”Head coach Travis Green said his team did some things well, but didn’t play good enough for a long enough stretch to win.”They are a really fast team,” said the rookie head coach. ”If you are going to beat a fast team you have to be able to pass the puck, you have to be able to handle the puck, your details have to be good and you have to win puck battles.”As times we did that, at times we didn’t Adidas Alan Quine Jersey , especially in the first period. We’re not a good enough team to not play a good 60 minutes, not to be on top of our game, not have everyone playing pretty good hockey.”NOTES: There was a moment of silence prior to the game for the shooting victims. . The Canucks announced Wednesday GM Jim Benning has been given a contract extension. . Former Canuck goaltender Roberto Luongo, who missed 26 games with a groin injury, was activated off injured reserve and backed up Reimer.UP NEXT:Panthers: At Calgary on Saturday.Canucks: At San Jose on Thursday.
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