PREDATORS 3, AVALANCHE 2
Monday, 06.18.2012 / 11:47 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Patric Hornqvist scored twice 2:17 apart in the third period, and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 in their home opener Thursday night.
Hornqvist's first two goals of the season came after officials ruled no goal for Nashville nearly midway through the third on a shot that was trickling toward the line when Jason Arnott's skate pushed it across.
Arnott finished with a goal and an assist, and Ryan Suter had two assists in helping Nashville win its third straight home opener.
Marek Svatos and Kyle Quincey
scored power-play goals for Colorado. The Avalanche started a seven-game trip, the franchise's longest since moving to Denver in 1995. They missed their first 3-0 start since leaving Quebec.
Svatos scored just as the Avalanche's third power play of the night was ending. Darcy Tucker passed to T.J. Hensick along the left boards, and Hensick passed along the line to Svatos who wristed his first goal this season over the glove of Dan Ellis at 7:44 of the third.
Nashville thought it had tied it on Hornqvist's shot at 11:02. Goaltender Craig Anderson
's left skate caught the puck just enough to stop it on the goal line, where Arnott missed it with his stick and apparently touched it with his skate. The official behind the net immediately waved it off. A review followed, and it was ruled that Arnott kicked the puck in.
Hornqvist tied it 89 seconds later, tapping in a rebound of Suter's shot from in front of the crease.
Then Hornqvist redirected Shea Weber's shot from the right circle at 14:48 to put the Predators ahead to stay.
Colorado scored first on a power-play goal at 4:30 of the second period. Triston Grant went to the box for interference, and John-Michael Liles
passed along the blue line to Quincey, whose one-timer beat Ellis.
Nashville tied it on Arnott's second goal this season after Steve Sullivan passed from the right circle to Arnott in the top of the slot for a one-timer at 11:02 of the second.
The Avalanche missed a chance to take the lead in the final seconds of the second when Matt Duchene
skated up the slot and tried to backhand the puck past Ellis at the post. The goalie stopped it with his left leg to preserve the tie.
NOTES: The Predators came into Thursday third in the NHL for home wins since the start of the 2005-06 season. The Predators have won no less than 23 home games a season in that stretch. Only Detroit, New Jersey and Minnesota have matched that. ...Arnott's goal was the 366th of his career.