|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|COL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
DENVER (AP) - Paul Stastny and Marek Svatos scored second-period goals to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night.
Stastny has 29 points (11 goals and 18 assists) in Colorado's 16 home games. Jordan Leopold added his first goal of the season for the Avalanche, 4-1 in their last five games.
Colorado's Peter Budaj made 31 saves. The Avalanche matched a season-low with 16 shots.
Martin Gelinas scored the lone goal for Nashville, which lost its third straight. The Predators were beaten at home by Colorado 2-1 on Thursday.
Chris Mason made 13 saves for Nashville.
Nashville went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Colorado was 0-for-4.
The Predators had an 17-5 edge in shots and failed to convert on their two power plays in a scoreless first period. Jordin Tootoo had Nashville's best scoring chance, a short-handed breakaway, but his shot from the slot was easily smothered by Budaj.
Stastny put the Avalanche ahead 1-0 with a one timer from the slot that got past Mason's glove at 4:06 of the second period. Stastny's 14th of the season was set up by Ryan Smyth's pass from the boards and came on Colorado's sixth shot of the game.
Svatos made it 2-0 at 14:50 of the period, on a rebound of his own shot for his 10th goal.
Gelinas sent a backhander under Budaj's glove at 15:43 of the second period for Nashville to make it 2-1. Budaj had stopped shots by Marek Zidlicky and Scott Nichol.
The Avalanche nearly scored early in the third period when Mason deflected a shot by Cody McCormick off the right post.
Leopold got the puck past Mason with a slap shot from the right circle at 10:53 to give Colorado a 3-1 lead. The Avalanche had a 6-on-5 skating advantage due to a delayed penalty on Nichol.
Notes: Nashville's RW Martin (neck strain) will rejoin the team in Minnesota on Monday. ... The start of the game was delayed briefly by a malfunctioning goal light. ... Avalanche captain Joe Sakic missed his eighth straight game due to a groin injury. ... D John-Michael Liles limped off the ice late in the first period, but returned in the second.
|Paul Stastny (14) ASST: Ryan Smyth (16), Milan Hejduk (14)|
1 - 0 COL
|Marek Svatos (10) ASST: Ryan Smyth (17), Peter Budaj (1)|
2 - 0 COL
|Martin Gelinas (5) ASST: Scott Nichol (2), Marek Zidlicky (14)|
2 - 1 COL
|Jordan Leopold (1) ASST: Wojtek Wolski (10), Andrew Brunette (18)|
3 - 1 COL
|Greg Zanon Hooking against Milan Hejduk|
|Cody McCormick Tripping against J-P Dumont|
|Radek Bonk Hooking against Scott Hannan|
|Vernon Fiddler Hooking against Kyle Cumiskey|
|Paul Stastny Roughing against Radek Bonk|
|Vernon Fiddler Fighting (maj) against Ian Laperriere|
|Ian Laperriere Fighting (maj) against Vernon Fiddler|
|Jordin Tootoo Tripping against Ryan Smyth|
|SA: 16||TOI: 58:00|
|Saves: 13||EV: 11 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 2|
|SV%: .813||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 32||TOI: 59:56|
|Saves: 31||EV: 25 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 3 - 3|
|SV%: .969||SH: 3 - 3|