NHL roundup: Predators top Avalanche by a goal to take a 2-0 series lead

Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series against the New Jersey Devils Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Hartman’s empty-net goal with 1:09 left wound up the winner as the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche, 5-4, on Saturday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

After Hartman gave the Predators a 5-3 lead, Alexander Kerfoot pulled Colorado to 5-4 with 35.8 seconds left. But the Avalanche couldn’t get another puck past goalie Pekka Rinne.

The Presidents’ Trophy winners started slowly, giving up a goal on Colorado’s first shot for a second straight game. Yet the

LIGHTNING 5, DEVILS 3

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alex Killorn scored twice during a four-goal second period, helping Tampa Bay beat New Jersey for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference series.

The Lightning scored three times in a 2:47 span in the second period, and the reeling Devils pulled goalie Keith Kinkaid after Killorn’s third goal in two games made it 5-1 with 6:48 remaining in the period. Kinkaid, whose stellar play since January helped New Jersey finish strong and claim its first playoff berth since 2012, yielded five goals on 15 shots.

Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay, which is up 2-0 in the series after going 0-2-1 against the Devils during the regular season.

BRUINS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 3

 BOSTON (AP) — David Pastrnak had a hat trick and three assists to help Boston blow out Toronto for the second straight game, leading the Bruins to a victory and a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series.

Pastrnak shattered his previous career high of four points, scoring his third goal with 1:36 left to bring two trash cans full of caps and winter hats fluttering down to the ice.

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