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Predators 3, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

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Predators 3, Avalanche 2
Colorado Avalanche 2, Nashville Predators 3

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - When the Nashville Predators hit the ice for warm-ups coach Barry Trotz knew his team wasn't at the concentration level he wanted.

The first seven minutes proved he was right. But a power play goal by Steve Sullivan at 7:42 of the first period gave the Predators the energy they needed to take a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the Colorado Avalanche.

It was the third victory in a row for the Predators at home. They start a five-game road trip Wednesday night in Chicago.

Marek Zidlicky also scored on the power play for the Predators in the first, with his goal coming at 9:02.

``I think it was important that we scored early on those power plays,'' said Trotz. ``In some of our losses we drew a lot of penalties early but we didn't score. In the first seven minutes we gave up way too many two-on-ones. It showed we weren't mentally sharp. The power play goals gave us the momentum we needed.''

Sullivan gave the Predators a 1-0 lead scoring with a two-man advantage. Standing beside the left goal post, he lifted the puck over Colorado goaltender Vitaliy Kolesnik as he was stretched out face down in the crease. Nashville took a 2-0 lead at 9:02 when Zidlicky scored on a wrist shot from just inside the top of the left circle, putting the puck over the right arm of Kolesnik.

``We got a good cushion in the first period,'' said Sullivan. ``The 5-on-3 goal was a key for us. The last couple of games we have been able to do that.''

The Avalanche closed to within 2-1 on Pierre Turgeon's goal at 16:20 while Colorado had a two-man advantage.

After a scoreless second period, the Predators extended their lead to 3-1 on Hartnell's goal at midway through the third period. He stole the puck from Colorado's Brett Clark at the blue line, skated in one-on-one and went top shelf on Kolesnik.

``I don't think it took the wind out of our sails,'' said Colorado's Milan Hejduk. ``Whether it was a one goal or a two goal lead we needed to get it done.''

With less than two minutes left to play John-Michael Liles scored to get Colorado within a goal, but the Avalanche couldn't tie it.

``We were still in the game even after being down 2-0,'' said Colorado coach Joel Quenneville. ``I would have liked to have seen us win more puck battles. This one was definitely available for us. I would have liked to see us grab at least a point.''

The game was played with only one referee. Rob Shick had his foot x-rayed prior to the start of the game and it was determined it was broken. Ian Walsh handled the referee duties.

``Walsh is a young guy,'' said Trotz. ``I think he did well for one man. The game is tough to call with one person. I thought he did a real solid job.''

Notes: Sullivan has a goal in each of his last four games. The Avalanche has scored at least one power play goal in each of the last eight games in a row, a total of 12 during that span. .The Predators have 16 victories at home, the most in the NHL.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Steve Sullivan (15) ASST: Adam Hall (7), Kimmo Timonen (19)
1 - 0 NSH
PPG - Marek Zidlicky (8) ASST: Martin Erat (9), Dan Hamhuis (14)
2 - 0 NSH
PPG - Pierre Turgeon (9) ASST: Joe Sakic (22), Rob Blake (16)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
3rd Period
Scott Hartnell (11) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 NSH
John-Michael Liles (9) ASST: Ian Laperriere (10), Alex Tanguay (25)
3 - 2 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
Patrice Brisebois  Interference against  Paul Kariya
Ian Laperriere  Holding against  Marek Zidlicky
Joe Sakic  Hooking against  Paul Kariya
Martin Erat  Interference
Kimmo Timonen  Hooking
2nd Period
Ian Laperriere  Tripping
Mark Eaton  Holding against  Antti Laaksonen
3rd Period
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking
Brad May  Hooking
Adam Hall  Hi-sticking against  Ian Laperriere
goalie stats
Vitaly Kolesnik
Vitaly Kolesnik
SA: 27TOI: 58:28
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 7
SV%: .889SH: 1 - 1
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 26TOI: 60:00
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
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