Col­orado doomed by Preda­tors — and re­plays

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Sean Keeler

Se­ri­ously, Colton Sis­sons. What did Col­orado ever do to you?

The Avalanche landed on the wrong end of a Sis­sons hat trick and a kid­ney punch at the hands of the Cen­tral Di­vi­sion-lead­ing Nash­ville Preda­tors — again — late Wed­nes­day night at the Pepsi Cen­ter in a 4-1 de­feat.

Sis­sons’ triple— his sixth, sev­enth and eighth goals scored in just 10 ca­reer games against the Avalanche — spoiled a pow­er­play goal by Matt Calvert and the Avs’ first tilt on home ice in nearly two weeks.

The Avs (7-5-3, 17 points) dropped their fourth con­test in a row and slipped seven points be­hind Nash­ville (12-3-0, 24 points), win­ner of four straight. The hosts have lost five of their last six af­ter a 6-1-2 start, and coach Jared Bed­nar lamented com­mu­ni­ca­tion break­downs on the ice, es­pe­cially on the de­fen­sive end.

“I think it’s some­thing that ma­ture teams do real well,” Bed­nar said, “and we’re just not quite there yet in that re­gard.”

Which made this one es­pe­cially de­flat­ing, given the con­text, the 0-3 road trip that pre­ceded it, and the op­po­nent.

Oh, and a pair of home goals that were dis­al­lowed af­ter video re­view — the last one off the stick of Colin Wil­son at the 7:39 mark of the third pe­riod with the Avs try­ing to trim a two-score deficit.

“I’ve got to try to find the re­view, the re­plays that they have,” Bed­nar mused af­ter the game. “Be­cause, to me, there’s one (that) could be in­con­clu­sive. Maybe both, I don’t know … the two goals that got called back were just an as­pect of our lack of ex­e­cu­tion.”

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