Avalanche Hold Off Predators

Associated Press | Monday, 02.18.2013 / 6:46 PM

DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny and Jamie McGinn scored goals 13 seconds apart and the Colorado Avalanche snapped a nine-game losing streak to Nashville with a 6-5 win over the Predators in a Monday matinee.

With their goalie pulled, Shea Weber scored for the Predators with 1:18 left to make it a one-goal game, but they were unable to get the equalizer.

Matt Duchene and Aaron Palushaj each had a goal and two assists in helping the Avalanche to the win.

The Predators had pulled to 4-3 on Colin Wilson's goal before the double-whammy by Stastny and McGinn restored Colorado's cushion and forced Nashville coach Barry Trotz to summon Pekka Rinne, who is 6-1-1 in his past eight starts, to the net with 6 minutes left in the second period.

Chris Mason allowed six goals on just 18 shots. Rinne stopped all 10 shots he faced over the final 24 minutes.

The Predators pulled to 6-4 heading into the third period when Jonathon Blum's shot bounced off Jan Hejda's skate and scooted past Varlamov, who was coming off a 50-save loss at Edmonton on Saturday night and saved 33 shots in this game.

The teams combined for seven goals in the second period, including one by Duchene that drew a vehement argument from Trotz, who protested the Avs star was offside on the play.

Mike Fisher's goal from the right circle pulled Nashville to 3-2 but 50 seconds later, Chuck Kobasew scored his first goal of the season to restore Colorado's two-goal cushion.

Then, there were three goals in a 29-second span, starting with Wilson's score that made it 4-3 and followed by the consecutive shots by Stastny and McGinn that sent Mason to the bench.

The Avalanche took a 2-1 lead in the first period of their first Presidents' Day game since 2007-08. Palushaj scored his second goal of the season just 3:43 into the game when his wrist shot ricocheted off Mason's right skate, and Tyson Barrie scored his first career goal on a slap shot. The Predators got on the board with a power-play goal from Sergei Kostitsyn.

Colorado's next game will be on Wednesday at 8 p.m. against St. Louis at Pepsi Center.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
03:43COL Aaron Palushaj (2) ASST: David Jones (2), Jan Hejda (3) 1 - 0 COL
09:30COL PPG - Tyson Barrie (1) ASST: Matt Duchene (10), Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (5) 2 - 0 COL
17:20NSH PPG - Sergei Kostitsyn (2) ASST: Craig Smith (2), Colin Wilson (7) 2 - 1 COL
2nd Period
03:18COL Matt Duchene (6) ASST: Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau (6) 3 - 1 COL
10:16NSH Mike Fisher (3) ASST: Shea Weber (3), Sergei Kostitsyn (4) 3 - 2 COL
11:06COL Chuck Kobasew (1) ASST: Paul Stastny (5), Aaron Palushaj (1) 4 - 2 COL
13:17NSH Colin Wilson (5) ASST: Martin Erat (7), Jonathon Blum (4) 4 - 3 COL
13:33COL Paul Stastny (4) ASST: David Jones (3), Aaron Palushaj (2) 5 - 3 COL
13:46COL Jamie McGinn (3) ASST: Matt Duchene (11) 6 - 3 COL
19:10NSH Jonathon Blum (1) ASST: NONE 6 - 4 COL
3rd Period
18:42NSH Shea Weber (2) ASST: Mike Fisher (3), Patric Hornqvist (4) 6 - 5 COL
Three Stars of the Game
Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 6
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 2TOI: 22:12
Aaron Palushaj
Aaron Palushaj
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 2Hits: 2
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 14:49
Shea Weber
Shea Weber
G: 1Shots: 3
A: 1Hits: 3
PTS: 2PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 25:32
Penalty Summary
1st Period
08:43NSH Craig Smith  Holding against  David Jones
10:09COL Matt Hunwick  Interference against  Gabriel Bourque
12:32NSH Rich Clune  Boarding against  Aaron Palushaj
15:30COL Patrick Bordeleau  Interference against  Ryan Ellis
19:27COL Jan Hejda  Closing hand on puck
2nd Period
04:41COL Matt Hunwick  Tripping against  David Legwand
3rd Period
12:55COL John Mitchell  Holding against  Rich Clune
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays1/51/2
Faceoff Wins2939
Blocked Shots927
Penalty Minutes410
4R. EllisD0001017:33
6S. WeberD1103025:32
7J. BlumD1102017:49
8K. KleinD00-13017:53
10M. EratR01-11021:09
11D. LegwandC0001018:49
12M. FisherC1115021:36
13N. SpalingC00-10012:58
15C. SmithR01-20215:55
16R. CluneL00-1128:08
22S. HannanD00-10015:15
24M. HalischukR0002010:04
27P. HornqvistR01-112017:58
28P. GaustadC000000:58
33C. WilsonL11-11018:07
57G. BourqueR0010016:36
59R. JosiD0002025:45
74S. KostitsynL1134017:33
30C. Mason1218.66733:17
35P. Rinne10101.00024:18
3R. O'ByrneD0000023:20
4G. ZanonD0000019:52
7J. MitchellC00-10214:04
8J. HejdaD0112221:03
9M. DucheneC1222022:12
11J. McGinnL1008020:00
12C. KobasewR101109:07
15P. ParenteauR0222017:28
17A. PalushajR1212014:49
22M. HunwickD0001417:40
23M. HejdukR00-11016:31
26P. StastnyC1104020:01
40M. OlverC000005:15
41T. BarrieD1011022:18
46S. ElliottD0000012:55
54D. JonesR02-12018:20
55C. McLeodL0002012:25
58P. BordeleauL000022:52
1S. Varlamov3338.86860:00