Predators Make it Two Straight Over The Avs With Overtime Win
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — David Legwand scored his second goal of the game at 4:26 of overtime, and the Nashville Predators rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit in beating the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Thursday night.
Legwand scored the winner on a rebound of his own shot.
The Predators have won seven straight over Colorado and nine of 10 overall in the series dating back to Feb. 4, 2010.
Legwand started the comeback with a goal in the second period, and Sergei Kostitsyn tied it up in the third. Nashville has won three straight overall and six of seven.
Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog also had a goal for Colorado.
The Avalanche outshot Nashville 15-7 in the first period, but the Predators wound up outshooting them 35-29 for the game.
This game started in a turnaround from Tuesday night when Nashville scored three goals in the first and beat the Avalanche 4-1 in Denver.
O’Reilly celebrated his 200th career NHL game by helping Colorado jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Avalanche points leader got a little help from Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne on his 12th goal this season.
The goalie was trying to clear the puck when he flicked it toward center ice where O’Reilly grabbed it and scored on a wrister past Rinne at 6:09 of the first. O’Reilly had the primary assist on Landeskog’s slap shot for a 2-0 lead at 12:17.
The Predators started clicking and attacking in the second as they outshot Colorado 14-7. That included Legwand’s goal as he scored off the rebound of Matt Halischuk’s wraparound attempt at 12:17.
Nashville came in with the Western Conference’s second-most productive power play behind only Vancouver and had converted on five of its past eight power plays.
Not against Colorado. The Predators were shut out on their six opportunities with the man advantage largely thanks to Jean-Sebastien Giguere in net.
But Kostitsyn tied it with his ninth goal this season at 8:49 of the third with his wrister from the left circle over Giguere’s glove.
Nashville kept up the pressure, and Giguere kept it tied with great save after save. He was sprawled on his belly with his head toward the net when he stopped a shot from Jordin Tootoo with his stick with less than 5 minutes left.
In overtime, Giguere managed to stop Legwand’s first shot after the Nashville center had skated across the right circle, but couldn’t stop Legwand off the rebound.
Notes: Nashville C Mike Fisher had an assist on Kostitsyn’s goal, giving him six in five games. … Nashville D Roman Josi has an assist in three straight games. … Colorado LW Cody McLeod picked up a goaltender interference penalty midway through the first, giving him 100 penalty minutes for the season. That also made him the first player in Colorado history with 100 penalty minutes in five straight seasons. … Colorado D Erik Johnson returned after missing a game with a hand injury.
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