OT win puts Avalanche up 2-0 on Predators

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The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Nashville Predators 2-1 in overtime on Thursday night in Denver to grab a 2-0 series lead.

With 15 shots after the first, the Avalanche had the upper hand in the third and overtime.

In OT, Colorado beat Ingram after Nico Sturm saved a shot from within the left circle. Makar got the rebound in the slot, and his wrister gave the Avalanche a two-game lead.

Makar scored his second playoff goal. For the Avalanche, Darcy Kuemper made 25 saves and Nathan MacKinnon scored.

The Predators' Connor Ingram made 48 stops and Yakov Trenin scored.

Thanks to a shutout by goaltender Jake Oettinger, Dallas evened the Western Conference first-round series at one win each.

Oettinger made 29 stops, 12 in the third period, in his first NHL playoff start.

He has a 114:59 minute scoreless run and has stopped 54 of 55 shots in the series. Michael Raffl's 69-second empty-net goal completed the game.

With only one goal in the first two games of the best-of-seven series, Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 21 shots.

Florida defeated Washington in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in Sunrise, Fla.

Game 3 of the best-of-seven series is slated for Saturday afternoon in Washington.

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