Avalanche score nine against Predators for first win in six games
- Joonas Donskoi got his first NHL hat trick for the Colorado Avalanche, who scored six goals in eight minutes in the second period in a 9-4 win against the Nashville Predators at Pepsi Center on Thursday.
“That felt good,” Donskoi said. “I don’t think I’ve ever scored a hat trick in any league, so it was fun.”
- Andre Burakovsky, Cale Makar and Ryan Graves each had a goal and two assists, and Pavel Francouz made 20 saves for the Avalanche (9-5-2), who were 0-4-1 in their previous five games.
“We’ve been talking about scoring more goals,” Donskoi said. “We’ve been struggling the last couple of games finding the back of the net. So that was the main focus for tonight, getting more guys to the net and for our [defensemen] to find the lanes to get the pucks to the net.”
- Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three assists, and defenseman Nikita Zadorov did not play in the third period after each sustained an upper-body injury; Zadorov left at 4:33, MacKinnon at 17:53.
“I don’t know on [Zadorov], but with Nate, it was precautionary,” Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said.
- Pekka Rinne allowed five goals on 22 shots before being replaced in the second period by Juuse Saros, who made 19 saves for the Predators (9-5-2). Nashville is 1-2-1 in its past four games.
“I’m going to be honest, you’re not going to get much tonight, so I’m going to go and address it with them and we’ll take care of things,” Predators coach Peter Laviolette said.
- The Avalanche lost their previous eight home games against the Predators (0-7-1). …
- The six goals in eight minutes set a Colorado record.
- The Quebec Nordiques held the previous franchise record with six goals in 8:06 against the Washington Capitals on Feb. 22, 1981. …
- Forsberg has four points (two goals, two assists) in the past two games. …
- Colorado went 2-for-6 on the power play after going 0-for-12 in its previous two games.
Sources & Credits: Rick Sadowski / NHL.com, COL Avalanche, NSH Predators