On Monday night the Colorado Avalanche hosted the Nashville Predators in game three of a best of seven, at the Pepsi Center in Denver. It was Colorado’s first home game of the series and a much-needed home crowd advantage after falling behind the Predators two games to none. In front of a packed Pepsi Center crowd the Avalanche took to the ice with a roaring home crowd boosting their conviction.
Despite the Avalanche being heavy underdogs, they have managed to put tons of pressure on the league’s best team despite falling behind two games to one. The Avalanche have managed to score first in all three games forcing Nashville to play from behind. Monday night the Avalanche scored three goals in the first period dominating a team that almost seemed un-dominate-able. In the second period the Avalanche made it 4 – 0 on a Nathan MacKinnon (center) goal, his second goal of the night.
While many might argue that the Predators are the better team, the fans in Denver believe the Avalanche have exposed Nashville as nothing more than a dirty team (Nashville is the most penalized team in the league) who was out-worked, out-hustled, and out-played by the lowest Wild Card team. Truth is, players like Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog thrive in front of home town crowds so when the two of them are scoring and assisting one another, Nashville’s response was a cheap shot by defenseman P.K. Subban who forearmed MacKinnon in the back of the head as he fought for the puck shortly after Nashville’s first goal of the game in the second period. Many believe that Subban will be suspended however; cheap-shots only seem to add fuel to the Avalanche’ fire.
In other sports the Colorado Rockies faced the San Diego Padres last week in a three-game series. At the bottom of the third, third basement Nolan Arenado leading off the second half of the inning took a pitch from Padres Pitcher Luis Perdomo to the inside ribs and charged the mound. Arenado threw several punches that didn’t seem to land while Perdomo tossed his glove at Arenado as he approached the mound. Both benches cleared and scuffles broke out before both men were escorted off the field. San Deigo’s catcher A.J. Ellis participated in a verbal exchange with Arenado just before he was escorted off the field. In the end the League suspended four players including Arenado, and Perdomo who both got five game suspension, while Rockies Gerardo Parra and Padre’s pitcher Buddy Baumann were each given one game suspensions. Rockies pitcher German Márquez, Padres, infielder Freddy Galvis, and catcher A.J. Ellis and were all fined for their parts in the exchange.
The Colorado Rockies began a three game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates Monday night in Pittsburgh and beat the Pirates 6 – 2. Colorado will finish up their series with the Pirates this week before returning home to host the Chicago Cubs on Friday.