Colorado Avalanche vs Nashville Predators Game 3 FREE LIVE STREAM (5/7/22): Watch the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs online | Time, TV, channel

The Nashville Predators, led by Roman Josi, will face the Colorado Avalanche, led by Mikko Rantanen, in Game 3 of their NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs first-round series on Saturday, May 7, 2022 (07/ 05/22) at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. , Tennessee.

Fans can watch the event for free with a DirectTV Stream trial.

Colorado leads the series, 2-0, after beating Nashville, 2-1, in Game 2 on Thursday.

Here’s what you need to know:

What: NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, Round 1, Game 3

who: Avalanche vs Predators

When: Saturday May 7, 2022

Where: Ball arena

Weather: 4:30 p.m. ET

TV: DTT

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Direct: DirectTV Stream (free trial).

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Cale Makar sent a low liner through traffic, then quickly found himself surrounded by happy teammates.

Perhaps the happiest of all was at the other end. After all, it was goaltender Darcy Kuemper’s 32nd birthday. The goal is quite a gift.

Makar scored 8:31 into overtime, Kuemper made 25 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.

Makar got the rebound in the middle of the offensive zone and blasted the puck right on target, like he had all night. His 12 shots on goal is a new franchise playoff record.

“It felt like the puck found us up there tonight,” said the humble Makar. “Not even me in particular, we were just trying to work around it.”

Nathan MacKinnon also scored for Colorado, which faced a more intense Nashville defense after winning 7-2 in Game 1. The Predators blocked 34 shots.

“We felt like we were on them the whole third period, and ultimately most of the time the hockey gods are going to reward you for that hard work,” Makar said. “For us, we were able to get a lucky break in extra time.”

The series moves to Nashville for Game 3 on Saturday.

Yakov Trenin scored for Nashville.

Connor Ingram stepped in and intensified stopping 49 shots in his first playoff start. He allowed MacKinnon’s goal on the game’s first shot and held it all back until Makar’s goal.

Ingram, 25, relieved David Rittich in Game 1 after the Avalanche scored five goals in the first period. The Predators remain without top goaltender Juuse Saros, who is sidelined with a lower-body injury but could return later in the series.

“It’s what you dream of as a kid, to have the chance to do it and play in front of a crowd like that,” said Ingram, whose parents attended the game. “This is very fun.”

Since moving to Denver, the Avalanche are 14-2 in a best-of-seven playoff series when they won the first two games.

Colorado was disallowed a goal in the closing seconds of the second period for interference with a goalie. Artturi Lehkonen fell on Ingram before a Valeri Nichushkin shot went in. The Avalanche challenged the play and officials upheld the replay call.

That put Nashville on the power play to start the third. Shortly after, the Predators had a 5-3 advantage for 1:52 when Nichushkin went to the penalty box for a high stick. But they couldn’t capitalize. The best chance to score was Makar on a breakaway, only for his shot to land in Ingram’s glove.

Ingram was at his best in the third period when he stopped a point-blank shot by Nazem Kadri with his left pad. Ingram spent most of the season with the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, where he went 30-17-9. He has appeared in three regular season games for Nashville this season.

His counterpart applauded Ingram’s effort.

“He played very well,” Kuemper said. “Coming in without a ton of experience, he was definitely ready to go. It made it difficult for our shooters.

Both teams struggled on the power play, going 0 for 8. There were a total of 110 hits.

“It’s one of the best offensive teams in the league. They do that to a lot of teams,” Predators coach John Hynes said. “If you want to beat them, you have to have a good goalkeeper. I thought the way our guys defended and the way they played when under pressure was at the level you need tonight.

The first period was very different for the Predators from Game 1, when they allowed five goals. This time, they outshot the Avalanche by an 11-8 margin.

Trenin tied the game at 1 apiece with 4:41 left in the first. He celebrated by jumping into the boards behind the goal.

MacKinnon scored the first goal on the first shot of the game 5:25 into the action. He lined up a shot at bat side of Ingram during a mini breakaway. MacKinnon had 73 points (31 goals, 42 assists) in 52 career playoff games.

“He’s definitely a different animal in the playoffs,” Makar said. “That’s why he’s probably the best player in the world.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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