It wasn't the goal party of Wednesday's season-opener but when the final horn sounded there was still the same celebratory feel inside the Pepsi Center Friday night. Don't look now but Patrick Roy's Avalanche team is 2-0 after Friday's 3-1 win over the Nashville Predators. The Avs rode P.A. Parenteau's two goals to the tough win needing an empty-net goal from him with 1:12 left to seal it seconds after former Denver resident and top draft pick Seth Jones just missed on a tying bid. “We played a full 60 minutes. Aside from a couple mistakes defensively I thought we played a real strong game against a real tough team to play against. If we can get more confident from games like that we'll be dangerous down the road” Parenteau said. For the second straight game the Avs got away with something of a slow start as the Predators had a few excellent scoring chances in the opening minutes and had them pinned in their zone. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made the stops to keep it scoreless until Parenteau broke the deadlock with his first goal of the season. Varlamov stopped 26-of-27 shots for his second straight game of allowing just one goal. “He was rock solid again for us” Avs coach Patrick Roy said. Parenteau scored with 1:10 left in the period putting home a rebound in the left crease past Predators goalie Pekka Rinne. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon picked up an assist his third point in two games. MacKinnon played his first game against Nashville fellow draft lottery pick former Denver resident Seth Jones. “It's a nice storyline with the Memorial Cup we battled hard and world juniors and stuff and we went back and forth with the No. 1 ranking. I think it's the past now” MacKinnon said. “We are two players playing against each other in the National Hockey League it happened to be the same draft year. He's an unbelievable defensemen you saw that tonight he's got great poise and a good shot and he's used out there as well so he is doing a great job in Nashville.” The Avs took a 2-0 lead at the 7:54 mark of the second period after the fourth line was rewarded with a great shift. The hardest worker Patrick Bordeleau got the goal tipping a Nate Guenin shot past Rinne. Bordeleau kept a couple of loose pucks still in the Predators zone before the puck went back to the point to Guenin who put a slapper on net that Bordeleau redirected. Marc-Andre Cliche recorded an assist his first NHL point after many years in the minors.
Avalanche tops Predators, improves to 2-0
Denver Post | Oct 5