For a moment, it looked like the Nashville Predators might be able to sneak out a win.
But only for a moment.
The Colorado Avalanche overcame a one-goal deficit in the third period and defeated the Nashville Predators, 5-3, to complete the sweep of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoff series.
Filip Forsberg gave Nashville its first lead of the series, 3-2, at 3:58 of the third period.
But the Avs responded. Devon Toews tied the game at three with a goal at 8:55. Then just over three minutes later, Cale Makar found Valeri Nichushkin with a brilliant cross-ice pass and Nichushkin buried the puck to give the Avalanche a 4-3 lead with 7:58 to go.
Nathan MacKinnon sealed it with an empty net goal with 56 seconds remaining.
Makar was terrific again, getting a goal and two assists. Andre Burakovsky also had a goal and a pair of assists.
Pavel Francouz started in net for the Avs and made 28 saves. Colorado held Darcy Kuemper out. He still had some swelling around his eye after taking a stick to the face in game three on Saturday.
The Avs polish off their second straight first round sweep, having eliminated St. Louis in four games a season ago.
Colorado will play the winner of the St. Louis-Minnesota series in the second round. Those teams are tied two games each with game five in Minnesota on Wednesday night.
Postgame comments from Avs defenseman Cale Makar.
Postgame comments from Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon.
Postgame comments from Avs head coach Jared Bednar.