|COL||1||1||1||(0 - 0)||3|
|NSH||0||4||1||(0 - 0)||5|
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Patric Hornqvist had two power-play goals and an assist to help the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-3 on Thursday night.
The Predators came into the game seventh in the Western Conference, only four points behind sixth-place Colorado, and they now have earned five of six possible points with one game remaining in this last four-game homestand before the Olympic break.
Jason Arnott had a goal and three assists and Steve Sullivan had a power-play goal and an assist. Joel Ward also had a goal, and Shea Weber added two assists as Nashville won the season series with Colorado 3-1-0.
Colorado had killed 24 straight penalties coming in and stretched that to 25 before Nashville scored three goals on the next five man advantages.
McLeod put Colorado up 1-0 at 16:39 of the first period after Nashville failed to keep the puck in its zone. Chris Stewart corralled the puck and brought it up the right side before passing cross-ice to McLeod, who put a snap shot past Pekka Rinne.
The Predators were coming off the longest shootout in franchise history, going 10 rounds with 20 shooters in a 1-0 loss Tuesday night to Phoenix. Nashville outshot the Avalanche 14-8 in the first and kept it up in the second, but had trouble finding the net.
Not even 72 seconds of a 5-on-3 helped with fans screaming for the Predators to shoot. Kyle Quincey came out of the penalty box, then Arnott fired a slap shot from the blue line at the right half boards that Hornqvist redirected to tie it at 1-1 at 6:46 of the second.
Only 63 seconds later, Ward backhanded the rebound of Jerred Smithson's shot past Craig Anderson for a 2-1 lead.
Colorado took a timeout at 11:09 of the second, and Duchene tied it at 2-2 with his 18th of the season from the slot on a power-play at 13:59.
Again, Nashville answered, this time even more quickly.
Arnott scored from in front 23 seconds later to put the Predators ahead to stay. Hornqvist tipped in Arnott's slap shot at 19:19 to pad the lead. Arnott originally had been awarded the Predators' first goal, and fans thought the captain had a hat trick and started tossing caps onto the ice before the announcement that Hornqvist got his 23rd this season.
Sullivan added his 11th with a slap shot from the right dot at 10:31 of the third. Mercier scored the first goal of his NHL career on a pass from Chris Durno at 18:42.
NOTES: Linesman Steve Barton left the game midway through the first period after tangling feet with Nashville defenseman Alexander Sulzer, which sent Barton crashing backward onto the ice. ... Hornqvist, a Swedish Olympian, is Nashville's top goal scorer, and he also leads the club with eight power-play goals. ... Nashville defenseman Cody Franson was a scratch. He will miss a couple weeks after breaking a rib in Tuesday night's shootout loss to Phoenix. ... The Avalanche had killed 37-of-38 penalties over the previous nine games.
|Cody McLeod (7) ASST: Chris Stewart (19), Ryan Wilson (10)|
1 - 0 COL
|PPG - Patric Hornqvist (22) ASST: Jason Arnott (17), J-P Dumont (25)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Joel Ward (10) ASST: Jerred Smithson (3), David Legwand (20)|
2 - 1 NSH
|PPG - Matt Duchene (18) ASST: Kyle Cumiskey (6), John-Michael Liles (20)|
2 - 2 Tie
|Jason Arnott (14) ASST: Steve Sullivan (24), Patric Hornqvist (13)|
3 - 2 NSH
|PPG - Patric Hornqvist (23) ASST: Jason Arnott (18), Shea Weber (22)|
4 - 2 NSH
|PPG - Steve Sullivan (11) ASST: Shea Weber (23), Jason Arnott (19)|
5 - 2 NSH
|Justin Mercier (1) ASST: Chris Durno (4)|
5 - 3 NSH
|Kyle Quincey Holding against Marcel Goc|
|Paul Stastny Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|David Legwand Hi-sticking against Chris Stewart|
|J-P Dumont Slashing against Craig Anderson|
|Craig Anderson Roughing against J-P Dumont|
|John-Michael Liles Holding against Joel Ward|
|Brandon Yip Holding the stick against Francis Bouillon|
|Joel Ward Slashing against TJ Galiardi|
|Matt Duchene Broken stick|
|Steve Sullivan Hooking against TJ Galiardi|
|SA: 36||TOI: 59:37|
|Saves: 31||EV: 28 - 30|
|PIM: 2||PP: 3 - 6|
|SV%: .861||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 26||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 23||EV: 20 - 22|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .885||SH: 2 - 2|