Avalanche star Cale Makar says Predators fans were throwing Skittles at him during match 4

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Avalanches in Colorado star Cale Makar led the team to a sweep of the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs and in the deciding match, he said fans were throwing things at him.

The 23-year-old defender, who scored three goals and seven assists, said fans were raining down on Skittles after Colorado defeated Nashville 5-3 on Monday night in Game 4.

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Colorado Avalanche defender Cale Makar (8) passes the puck in front of Roman Josi (59) of the Nashville Predators during the first bout in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Monday May 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Colorado Avalanche defender Cale Makar (8) passes the puck in front of Roman Josi (59) of the Nashville Predators during the first bout in Game 4 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series on Monday May 9, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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“Yeah, the building was really cool tonight until the end, people threw Skittles at me during the show, so I’m not sure why. But other than that the fans were really loud tonight,” he told reporters. through Yahoo Sports.

“It was just like last minute of play. A couple of Skittles were hitting me. They don’t have Smarties in the US, I don’t think. So it must have been Skittles.”

1st avalanche to advance to 2nd round with sweep of predators

Colorado Avalanche defender Cale Makar (8) defends against Nashville Predators left winger Filip Forsberg (9) of Sweden during Game 4 of the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs between the Nashville Predators and the Colorado Avalanche, held on May 9, 2022, at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Makar scored a goal in the Colorado win on Monday night. He led his team up 2-1 with a shot near the blue line at 13:33 in the second period.

“Whenever you get a chance to finish a team’s season, you take it and run,” he said. “Try it at least. For us tonight there were a lot of ups and downs, but we wanted that. I think only resilience in general has shown from our group.”

Makar was announced as a finalist for the Norris Trophy before Colorado became the first team to advance to the conference semifinals. He led defenders with 28 goals and became the eighth person in his position as him in NHL history with seven or more points in the first three games of a postseason.

Cale Makar n. 8 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots on goal while Ryan Johansen n. 92 of the Nashville Predators defends during the second period of the fourth game of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 09, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Cale Makar n. 8 of the Colorado Avalanche shoots on goal while Ryan Johansen n. 92 of the Nashville Predators defends during the second period of the fourth game of the first round of the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 09, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee.
(Mickey Mouse Bernal / Getty Images)

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“He could be the best player in the league right now,” said Nathan MacKinnon of Makar.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.