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    MONTREAL (AP) — All eyes were on P.K. Subban and Shea Weber. Craig Smith stole the show.Smith scored twice and the Nashville Predators defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-1 on Saturday night in the second matchup between Subban and Weber since the blockbuster trade in 2016.Weber scored against his former team and Subban had two assists in a game in which Smith’s team-leading 13th and 14th goals of the season were the difference.“He had a super strong game [url=]Adrian Peterson Jersey Elite[/url] ,” coach Peter Laviolette said of Smith. “He was physical, he was fast, he was competitive on pucks. And obviously he chipped in on offense as well.”The Predators were playing their second game in as many nights, coming off a 4-3 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Friday. But Nashville came out with speed and the Canadiens couldn’t match it.Smith extended his personal point streak to five games when he put Subban’s rebound past Carey Price at 10:44 of the first period to give the Predators a 1-0 lead. Smith has scored in three straight games.The Predators outshot Montreal 16-11 in the first period as the Canadiens lost for the first time in three games.“Tough first period really set us behind,” said Weber, who scored his second career goal against Nashville. “Tough team to come back against. They played last night and they came out with a better effort to start the game. They caught us sleeping.”Nashville went up 2-0 with 36 seconds remaining in the first period after Mattias Ekholm’s slap shot deflected off Max Domi’s stick and beat Price high.Weber got one back for the Canadiens at 12:47 of the second period when he threw a bouncing puck on net.Smith answered 18 seconds later on a wraparound. Subban’s assist on the goal was his 300th in the NHL.“It was simple,” Smith said of his second goal. “It was a hard forecheck. We got it up. Subby just found a hole to get it in. And you never know what could happen.”The Canadiens felt Smith prevented Price from making the save and challenged for goalie interference, but the call on the ice stood.“I haven’t seen the replay of it so I can’t make a fair assessment of it,” said Price [url=][/url] , who made 28 saves. “But it was explained to me that I made contact outside the crease. It’s a moot point because it was their third goal and we obviously only scored one.”Montreal made a push in the third period, but Juuse Saros stopped all eight shots he faced. Saros made 27 saves in place of Pekka Rinne, who played Friday.Viktor Arvidsson scored into an empty net with 45 seconds left for Nashville.“That’s what you have to do on the road. You can’t give teams breathing space,” Subban said. “For me to just come in and get two points, for our team to get two points on the road, that’s big for us. We haven’t had much consistency on our team for the past 15 or 20 games, so it’s a big win for us.”The Predators have collected points in four straight games (3-0-1) despite recent injuries to Filip Forsberg, Kyle Turris and Yannick Weber.NOTES: The Predators play four more games on their current season-high six-game trip. … Weber and Subban faced off for the first time on Mar. 2, 2017 [url=]Authentic D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey[/url] , when Montreal won 2-1 at Bell Centre. . This was the fifth game between Montreal and Nashville since the trade in the summer of 2016.UP NEXTPredators: At Toronto on Monday.Canadiens: Host Minnesota on Monday. DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche stayed relatively quiet at the NHL trade deadline. Now that Nathan MacKinnon is healthy, maybe that’s all they need for a playoff push.MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, Mikko Rantanen added a goal and an assist and the Avalanche beat the Vancouver Canucks 3-1 on Monday night.Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves and came within 1:16 of his third shutout this season. Colorado won for the 11th time in 12 home games and moved within two points of idle Calgary for the second wild card in the Western Conference.The Flames are in town Wednesday night.”Yeah, it is (a big game),” MacKinnon said.Daniel Sedin scored and Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots for the Canucks.On a day when big names were on the move all over the league, Colorado general manager Joe Sakic opted not to make a major trade to bolster his team’s playoff charge. He completed one minor deal, shipping Chris Bigras to the New York Rangers for 22-year-old Ryan Graves.Sakic said he didn’t want to trade one of his young assets for a rental player even though Colorado is chasing a postseason berth. He also didn’t want to deal away a veteran and disrupt team chemistry with a chance at making the playoffs.”If we were 10 points out we probably would have had a different approach,” Sakic said before the game.Sakic already made a blockbuster move in early November when he traded disgruntled center Matt Duchene to Ottawa in a three-team swap. Colorado got four players and three draft picks in the deal.Vancouver, which entered Monday 18 points out of a playoff spot [url=]D.J. Swearinger SR Jersey Elite[/url] , traded a couple of veterans before the deadline Monday afternoon. The Canucks acquired forwards Tyler Motte and Jussi Jokinen from Columbus for Thomas Vanek and later sent defenseman Philip Holm to Vegas for forward Brendan Leipsic.”He definitely loosens the locker room a bit,” Vancouver forward Jake Virtanen said of Vanek. ”He talks a lot in the room. He’s a great teammate and it (stinks) to see him go. Columbus will be lucky to have him.”Canucks coach Travis Green said Jokinen, Motte and Leipsic will meet the team in Vancouver.MacKinnon had four goals and 10 assists in 14 games before Duchene was traded and has 24 goals and 31 assists since the Nov. 5 deal. A shoulder injury that cost MacKinnon the first eight games of February hasn’t slowed him. He has four goals and four assists in the five games since his return last week.”There is all this talk of MVP. I have seen him a few times and for me, I think it’s got to be him,” Sedin said. ”He’s impressive.”MacKinnon gave the Avalanche a two-goal lead at 7:52 of the third period, moments after Virtanen hit a post at the other end. MacKinnon beat Markstrom on the ensuing rush.Sedin scored with Markstrom pulled, but MacKinnon scored into the empty net at 19:15.”I had a lot of really good looks,” said MacKinnon, who has career highs in goals (28) and assists (41). ”I wanted to be aggressive and I’m not sure how many shots I finished with [url=][/url] , but definitely enough to score.”Rantanen scored his 20th goal with 24 seconds left in the first period to give Colorado the lead. He had a second one disallowed after Vancouver challenged for goaltender interference.Green challenged that Gabriel Landeskog interfered with Markstrom, and the goal was disallowed after a video review.NOTES: MacKinnon had nine shots on goal and 19 overall attempts. … Colorado claimed D Mark Alt on waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers. Sakic said Alt adds depth to the blue line, which is currently without Erik Johnson, Mark Barberio and Anton Lindholm. … Jokinen and Leipsic were listed as scratches. … Avalanche D Nikita Zadorov was back in the lineup after being a healthy scratch for two games.UP NEXTCanucks: Host the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.Avalanche: Host the Flames on Wednesday night.—

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