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game recap

Avalanche 5, Predators 1

Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:53 PM

Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - Cody McLeod scored two goals for the second time in his career, and John-Michael Liles added a goal and an assist in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

McLeod, who also had a pair of goals on Dec. 9 against Los Angeles, scored less than three minutes apart in the first period. Chris Stewart and David Jones also had goals for Colorado, winners of three straight.

Goaltender Peter Budaj stopped 25 shots for the Avs, who have won seven of their last eight on home ice.

Jason Arnott scored his 14th goal of the year for Nashville which lost for the second time in two nights. Pekka Rinne faced 21 shots and stopped 16.

McLeod quickly gave the Avalanche a 2-0 lead midway through the first. On the first goal, Marek Svatos sent the puck through the crease and McLeod tapped it past Rinne at 8:34.

Then Rinne's attempt to clear the puck was intercepted along the boards by T.J. Hensick, who sent a cross-ice pass to Brett Clark for a slap shot from the left point. McLeod deflected the shot under Rinne's glove at 11:30 for a two-goal lead.

Budaj stopped two blistering shots by Shea Weber in the first period.

The tempo picked up in the second period. Stewart and Jones put the Avalanche ahead 4-0. Stewart's wrist shot from the right circle went under the stick of Rinne at 4:42. Jones knocked one home at 6:17 of the period.

Darcy Tucker was sent off for four minutes for cross checking and unsportsmanlike minors and the Predators took advantage when Arnott deflected a shot off an Avalanche player's skate at 9:17.

Budaj escaped further damage by stopping Radek Bonk while sprawled on the ice late in Tucker's second penalty.

Liles extended the lead to 5-1, 48 seconds into the third period, with his fifth goal of the year. He and Ryan Smyth skated in on a 2-on-0 and Smyth fed Liles for the defenseman's fifth tally of the season.

Notes: The Predators were coming off a 5-2 loss in Edmonton on Sunday night. ... Jordin Tootoo missed a check on McLeod and tumbled into the Avalanche bench midway through the second period. ... Tootoo and Colorado's Scott Hannan scuffled briefly in front of the Avalanche crease and both drew roughing penalties in the last 20 seconds of the second period. ... Wolski and Svatos had two assists each for the Avalanche.

scoring summary
1st Period
08:34
COL
Cody McLeod (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Marek Svatos (8), Adam Foote (4)
1 - 0 COL
11:30
COL
Cody McLeod (7) Tip-in - ASST: Brett Clark (4), TJ Hensick (8)
2 - 0 COL
2nd Period
04:42
COL
Chris Stewart (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Jordan Leopold (8), Marek Svatos (9)
3 - 0 COL
06:17
COL
David Jones (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Wojtek Wolski (11), John-Michael Liles (14)
4 - 0 COL
09:17
NSH
PPG - Jason Arnott (14) Tip-in - ASST: Ryan Suter (16), Shea Weber (16)
4 - 1 COL
3rd Period
00:48
COL
John-Michael Liles (5) Wrist shot - ASST: Ryan Smyth (14), Wojtek Wolski (12)
5 - 1 COL
penalty summary
1st Period
18:44
NSH
Ville Koistinen  Holding against  Milan Hejduk
19:08
COL
Marek Svatos  Hooking against  Dan Hamhuis
2nd Period
08:32
COL
Darcy Tucker  Cross checking against  Jordin Tootoo
08:32
COL
Darcy Tucker  Unsportsmanlike conduct
11:42
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Tripping against  Milan Hejduk
17:15
NSH
Joel Ward  Hooking against  Cody McLeod
19:41
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Scott Hannan
19:41
COL
Scott Hannan  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
3rd Period
03:46
COL
Ruslan Salei  Hooking against  Antti Pihlstrom
05:31
COL
Wojtek Wolski  Slashing against  Ryan Suter
05:31
NSH
Ryan Suter  Cross checking against  Wojtek Wolski
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
7-3-0
SA: 21TOI: 59:58
Saves: 16EV: 15 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .762SH: 0 - 0
Peter Budaj
SA: 26TOI: 59:51
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .962SH: 0 - 0
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