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Avalanche 2, Predators 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:12 AM

Associated Press

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Avalanche 2, Predators 1
Colorado Avalanche 2, Nashville Predators 1
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Ryan Smyth and Ian Laperriere scored third-period goals to lift the Colorado Avalanche to a 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Thursday night.

Avalanche goaltender Peter Budaj came within 21 seconds of his first shutout of the season before Alexander Radulov scored for the Predators.

Smyth broke the scoreless tie at 4:58 of the third period. He fired a slap shot from outside of the left circle that went into the net between the legs of Predators goaltender Chris Mason.

Laperriere scored from the edge of the crease at 16:45.

Radulov beat Budaj to his stick side from the middle of the slot to close the scoring.

Neither team scored in the first period as the Avalanche held a slight 7-6 edge in shots on goal. The Avalanche also outshot the Predators 14-10 in the second period.

It appeared that the Predators had scored at the 12:24 mark of the second period.

Radek Bonk sent a backhand into the crease that bounced off Budaj. Bonk shoveled the rebound between the pads of Budaj, but the goal was waved off because the play had been whistled dead. A video review confirmed the call.

Notes
: Smyth's goal ended a five-period scoreless streak for the Avalanche against the Predators and Mason this season. ... Martin Erat, the Predators' leader in points and assists, missed the game with a neck injury. ... The Predators and Avalanche face each other again in Denver on Saturday night.
scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
04:58
COL
Ryan Smyth (10) Slapshot - ASST: Jaroslav Hlinka (5)
1 - 0 COL
16:45
COL
Ian Laperriere (3) Tip-in - ASST: Jaroslav Hlinka (6), Cody McCormick (1)
2 - 0 COL
19:39
NSH
Alexander Radulov (7) Wrist shot - ASST: Marek Zidlicky (13), David Legwand (16)
2 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
06:12
NSH
Radek Bonk  Hooking against  Paul Stastny
3rd Period
00:35
NSH
Shea Weber  Holding against  Milan Hejduk
01:46
COL
Paul Stastny  Hooking against  David Legwand
12:04
COL
Jeff Finger  Interference against  Radek Bonk
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .968SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 32TOI: 58:52
Saves: 30EV: 27 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .938SH: 0 - 0
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