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Predators 4, Avalanche 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 2:49 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 4, Avalanche 2
Colorado Avalanche 2, Nashville Predators 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Joel Ward's unassisted goal in the second period helped the Nashville Predators hold off Colorado, 4-2, Saturday night and send the Avalanche to its eighth straight loss and 18th defeat in 19 games.

Shea Weber and Matt Halischuk also scored and Martin Erat had an empty-net goal and an assist. Pekka Rinne stopped 36 shots for the Predators, who won their second straight. They remain ninth in the Western Conference, a point behind four teams tied at 81 points.

Ryan O'Reilly and Daniel Winnik each scored for Colorado, which was without top scorer Paul Stastny (back) and Milan Hejduk (shoulder). Both players were injured Friday in a 6-2 loss to Anaheim.

The Avs are 1-16-2 in their past 19.

Nashville won its fourth straight over the Avalanche, including three this season by a combined score of 14-6. The Predators jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first.

Nashville couldn't score with the man advantage on their first two chances, but scored just after each power play ended. Weber netted his 15th of the season on a wrister at 4:16, just four seconds after Colorado's Brandon Yip served a penalty for too many men on the ice. Halischuk scored 13 seconds after Kevin Porter's slashing penalty expired.

Halischuk scored his second off a play created by Blake Geoffrion, who stole the puck in front of Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj. He passed to Kevin Klein, who sent the puck over to Halischuk for a wrister at 11:36.

O'Reilly trimmed the lead with his eighth this season at 4:15 of the second. The Avalanche kept whacking away at the puck, with Rinne stopping a couple shots before O'Reilly wristed it past Klein, who helped defend the net with Rinne out of position.

Colorado had 43 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage after Ward was penalized for tripping with Jonathon Blum already in the box for cross-checking. The Avalanche thought they scored when O'Reilly redirected the puck from the slot, but Rinne immediately raised his hands in protest at 11:53.

Officials talked briefly and waved off the goal because O'Reilly's stick was too high.

Nashville killed off the rest of Ward's penalty, and then Ward put the Predators up 3-1 at 13:31. He faked a shot from the right circle, held the puck, and skated to the net before backhanding a shot into an open net.

Colorado got a fortunate bounce on Winnik's goal. His slap shot bounced off the left skate of Nashville center Colin Wilson and past Rinne at 19:30 of the middle frame.

Notes: Weber's 79th NHL goal tied him with Kimmo Timonen for the most in franchise history by a defenseman. ... Ward matched his career high with a goal in three straight games. ... The Predators improved to 24-4-7 when scoring first and 19-4-6 when leading after the first period. ... Erat, who assisted on Weber's goal, has assists in five straight games to match his career high. ... Colorado defenseman John-Michael Liles (leg) missed a second straight game. ... The Avalanche is 0-29-4 when scoring two goals or less.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:16
NSH
Shea Weber (15) ASST: Joel Ward (17), Martin Erat (29)
1 - 0 NSH
11:36
NSH
Matt Halischuk (2) ASST: Kevin Klein (12), Blake Geoffrion (1)
2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
04:15
COL
Ryan O'Reilly (8) ASST: David Van Der Gulik (2), David Jones (15)
2 - 1 NSH
13:31
NSH
Joel Ward (10) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 NSH
19:30
COL
Daniel Winnik (9) ASST: Matt Duchene (30), Ryan O'Byrne (8)
3 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
19:58
NSH
EN - Martin Erat (13) ASST: NONE
4 - 2 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
02:12
COL
Brandon Yip  Too many men/ice - bench
06:35
NSH
Mike Fisher  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:23
COL
Kevin Porter  Slashing against  Colin Wilson
16:08
NSH
Ryan Suter  Interference against  Ryan O'Reilly
16:12
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Holding against  Nick Spaling
2nd Period
09:37
NSH
Jonathon Blum  Cross checking against  Mark Olver
10:54
NSH
Joel Ward  Tripping against  Ryan Wilson
19:42
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  Ryan Wilson
19:42
COL
Ryan Wilson  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
3rd Period
00:37
COL
Ryan O'Reilly  Tripping against  Martin Erat
03:42
NSH
Shane O'Brien  Roughing against  Daniel Winnik
03:42
COL
Daniel Winnik  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Shane O'Brien
12:35
COL
Erik Johnson  Interference against  Sergei Kostitsyn
goalie stats
Peter Budaj
SA: 28TOI: 58:17
Saves: 25EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 5
SV%: .893SH: 0 - 0
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
25-19-8
SA: 38TOI: 59:59
Saves: 36EV: 31 - 33
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 4
SV%: .947SH: 1 - 1
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