The Morning After: Avalanche rocks Smashville, extends series to Game 6 Sunday in Denver

Colorado Avalanche right wing Sven Andrighetto #10 scores the game winning goal against Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne #35 in the third period of game 5 of round one of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena April 20, 2018. Nashville Predators left wing Scott Hartnell #17 tried to defend. The Avalanche won 2-1.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — In stunning fashion, the Avalanche scored twice within the final five minutes to defeat Nashville 2-1 in Game 5 and bring the seven-game series back to Colorado for Game 6 on Sunday.

Final version, game story: Avalanche wins Game 5 thriller against Predators https://t.co/LUHjDvNo2o via @denverpost #Avs

THREE STARS

Andrew Hammond. The Hamburgler helped the Avs steal a game they had to have. Gabe Landeskog. Colorado captain scored the game-tying goal in leading his team. Sven Andrighetto. Only played 12:10 but the Colorado winger got the game-winning goal.

WHAT YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED

Preds defenseman Ryan Ellis logged 26:08 but was minus-2.

NEXT UP

Game 6 Sunday at the Pepsi Center, 5 p.m.

Coach Jared Bednar after Game 5 win at Nashville https://t.co/j2th0ZspNC

TAKEAWAYS

Gabe Landeskog scored in his fourth consecutive playoff game, and has seven points in that stretch. Now that’s being a great captain. Also, Nathan MacKinnon has points in four of the five games (three goals, three assists).

Colorado’s win at Bridgestone Arena was its first since March 28, 2016.

Music City. The Avs said before the game they would remain in Nashville with a victory, but immediately fly home if they lost. As I type, there’s an excellent chance this team is celebrating the victory across the street from Bridgestone Arena on Lower Broadway.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette, verbatim: “It’s not the way you want a game to end. Their top line got us pinned in there for a little bit. We got a partial change but not a full change and they got us cycling around a little bit. They were able to capitalize on that off a rush in the offensive zone.”

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