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Avs rally behind Hammond, force Game 6

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Injuries left the Avalanche playing their backup to the backup goaltender while needing a victory to stave off elimination.

The goalie nicknamed the "Hamburglar" came through.

Andrew Hammond made a career-high 44 saves for his first postseason victory, and Colorado rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 on Friday night and sent the first-round series back to Denver for Game 6.

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Goals
Rank Player G
1 A. Ovechkin, Was49
2 P. Laine, Wpg44
3 W. Karlsson, VGK43
4t E. Malkin, Pit42
4t E. Staal, Min42
6 C. McDavid, Edm41
7t A. Lee, NYI40
7t T. Seguin, Dal40
9t T. Hall, NJ39
9t N. Kucherov, TB39
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Save Percentage
Rank Player Sv%
1 C. Hutton, StL.931
2 A. Raanta, Ari.930
3 R. Luongo, Fla.929
4 C. Crawford, Chi.929
5 R. Miller, Anh.928
6 M. Fleury, VGK.927
7 P. Rinne, Nsh.927
8 J. Gibson, Anh.926
9 J. Saros, Nsh.925
10 C. Hellebuyck, Wpg.924
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