Colorado doomed by Predators — and replays
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.”