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DENVER (AP) Nathan MacKinnon is counting on 18 Robert Woods Jersey Elite ,000 of his rowdy friends to give the Colorado Avalanche a little bit of an extra buzz.Maybe even throw Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne off his game.Trailing the top-seeded Predators 2-0 in the first-round series, the Avalanche return Monday (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) to a building that’s certainly been something to write home about this season. Their 28 wins at the Pepsi Center in the regular season tied the franchise mark held by the 2000-01 squad that went on to capture the Stanley Cup.”We have lots of confidence here,” said MacKinnon , whose team has dropped 12 straight to the Predators. ”The building has been a lot of fun this year.”Colorado isn’t the only team hoping a change of scenery provides a change in momentum – Toronto returns to friendly confines down 2-0 in the series against Boston (7 p.m., NBCSN). The New Jersey Devils are in the same boat versus Tampa Bay (7:30 p.m., CNBC) heading into their first playoff home game since 2012.Then there’s the San Jose Sharks, who are sitting pretty after two road wins against Anaheim (10:30 p.m., CNBC). Now at home, the Sharks get last change and the opportunity to dictate matchups.”It’s a nice luxury being at home, having those matchups,” Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said. ”The bigger advantage is the crowd and the environment and being able to sleep in your own bed.”For New Jersey, climbing back in the series boils down to this – avoiding big early deficits. They trailed the Lightning 3-0 in Game 1 and 5-1 in Game 2 before staging a comeback.”We need to play as a group http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/leonard...rsey-cheap ,” said coach John Hynes, who plans to make some lineup changes. ”We can’t have passengers.”MacKinnon said the Avs need to clean up the little things against a savvy Predators team.”We’re in a tough spot right now,” MacKinnon said. ”Two games at home. Hopefully, we can even up the series.”The Predators fully expect a more tenacious rush from a youthful Colorado squad.”They’re persistent,” Nashville forward Austin Watson said. ”There’s no quit in them.”ENCOREBoston hopes David Pastrnak packs his Game 2 performance for the trip to Toronto. The 21-year-old had three goals and three assists to become the youngest NHL player with six or more points in a playoff game, surpassing Wayne Gretzky, according to the Bruins website.”When you’re breaking a Wayne Gretzky record, I hope he realizes at his young age how cool it is,” forward David Backes told reporters. ”Hopefully he had fun last night and enjoyed that moment because it is special.”REASON FOR OPTIMISMThe Ducks can latch on to some recent history for optimism in coming back from an 0-2 deficit. They lost the first two games at home in the second round last year to Edmonton before rallying to win the series in seven games.”That’s the situation we’re in. We have a good team,” Ducks forward Andrew Cogliano said. ”We have a team that’s been in these situations before.”CAKE WALKThis definitely takes the cake: At the start of the playoffs, IndyCar driver Josef Newgarden, a Nashville fan, proposed a wager to fellow racer Youth Myles Jack Jersey , James Hinchcliffe, a Toronto Maple Leafs supporter. The driver with the team that bowed out of the Stanley Cup playoffs first had to bake the other a homemade cake and present it at an autograph session while wearing the opposing team’s sweater.”Challenge accepted,” Hinchcliffe responded. ”They (Maple Leafs) are going to win it all. Nobody goes further than the team holding the Cup.”Hinchcliffe added: ”Personally, I’m a red velvet guy.”Newgarden said he prefers vanilla.SAVING THE DAYAvalanche coach Jared Bednar thought goaltender Jonathan Bernier played ”OK” in the first two games.”If you look at the importance of goaltending this time of year, good is usually not good enough,” Bednar said.Goaltending is on the minds of the Devils, too. Keith Kinkaid played well down the stretch, but has struggled in the postseason. He was lifted in the second period Sunday after giving up five goals on 15 shots.Cory Schneider, who was the starter most of the season until a hip and groin injury in January sidelined him for a month, finished and did not allow a goal on 10 shots.”There is still a lot of hockey to be played,” Devils forward Taylor Hall said, ”and a lot of hockey on home ice as well.”—AP Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno and AP Sports Writers Teresa M. Walker, Josh Dubow Tom Canavan and Fred Goodall contributed to this report.— ST. LOUIS (AP) — Blues coach Mike Yeo expects fingers to be pointed after St. Louis’ latest crushing defeat.He was even ready to go first.“Heck http://www.jaguarscheapstore.com/myles-j...rsey-cheap , my job should be in question,” the second-year Blues boss said following a 7-4 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. St. Louis blew a two-goal lead for the second straight game, then kept its locker room closed for 23 minutes for a private meeting.Players and coaches declined to reveal what was discussed, but the disappointment was clear from a club off to a disappointing 2-4-3 start.“It’s human nature, there’s going to be finger pointing,” Yeo said. “There’s going to be all kinds of questions. It’s going to be hard for us on the inside to not do that, but I think if we all look internally and figure out what we can do better and what we can do differently and how we can add to the group more, then we all pull in together and we’ll pull in stronger together.”Alexander Steen said it’s a matter of work ethic.“We’re not working hard,” Steen said. “Other teams are outworking us and taking chances.”Columbus coach John Tortorella wasn’t pleased with his team’s response after falling behind in their previous game, but the Blue Jackets made up for it. Boone Jenner and Anthony Duclair each scored twice, Josh Anderson had a goal and an assist and David Savard and Seth Jones also scored. Joonas Korpisalo made 33 saves as Columbus snapped a two-game skid.“I thought we played harder,” Tortorella said. “I thought we were hard around the pucks. It was much more consistent of that style of game.”Artemi Panarin had three assists and Scott Harrington, Zach Werenski and Ryan Murray each had two helpers for the Blue Jackets.“I think all of the opportunities that we missed the past couple of games started going in for us and we were very opportunistic tonight Youth Yannick Ngakoue Jersey ,” Duclair said. “We had a rough start but at the same time the two quick goals to start the second really gave us momentum all of the way through.”Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Steen and Zach Sanford scored for the Blues. Jake Allen gave up four goals on 21 shots before being lifted for Chad Johnson in the second period. St. Louis gave up a season high in goals.The Blue Jackets took the lead with two goals in a 76-second span early in the second period. Duclair tied it at 2:01, pouncing on a loose puck in front of the net and tucking in past Allen’s pad. Jenner’s second of the game gave the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead at 3:29.“Obviously the start of the second period propelled us there,” Jenner said. “A couple of quick goals happened there for us and we got the lead. That’s what happens when you put the work in.”Savard’s goal from above the right circle made it 4-2 at 8:58 and chased Allen. Steen’s goal with 8:30 left got the Blues within a goal, but Anderson and Duclair countered early in the third put the game away.“We know they were a hungry team coming into tonight and we were too,” Jenner said. “We wanted a response. They’re a good team over there.”NOTES: The Blues assigned forward Robby Fabbri (groin strain) to its AHL affiliate in San Antonio for a conditioning assignment. … Nick Foligno picked up his 147th career assist to move into second in Blue Jackets history. … The Blues scratched C Robert Thomas and D Jakub Jerabek. … The Blue Jackets scratched D Adam Clendening, D Dean Kukan and LW Sonny Milano.UP NEXTColumbus: hosts Buffalo on Saturday night.St. Louis: hosts Chicago on Saturday night.
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