The Nashville Predators failed to close out the Colorado Avalanche in Nashville on Friday night. It was extremely clear that they weren’t going to let that opportunity pass them by in Game Six on Sunday in Denver.
The phrase ‘they dominated their opponent’ gets tossed around quite a bit, but the Predators truly did just that on their way to a 5-0 win.
Nashville put together it’s best first period of the entire series and buried the Avalanche in every facet of the game. From shots on net, clogging up the neutral zone, simply out skating the Avalanche and cycling the puck at a high-rate, the Predators had it all working.
There is one particular moment in the first period that stands out as the tone-setter and that was Viktor Arvidsson’s hit and roughing up of Nathan MacKinnon near the Preds bench.
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) April 22, 2018
Whether you’re a more old-school hockey fan or new-age fan that doesn’t lean toward the belief that a hit or fight can change a game, there isn’t any doubting that this hit changed things up for Nashville.