Game Recap

Predators beat Avs in OT for seventh win in a row

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

John Kreiser - Columnist

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Predators beat Avs in OT for seventh win in a row
Nashville Predators 4, Colorado Avalanche 3

Knowing when to call your timeout is vital for any coach. Nashville coach Barry Trotz made the most of his on Wednesday night.

Trotz called his timeout after Colorado scored three unanswered goals in the second period -- and the strategy worked perfectly. Shea Weber tied the game before the period ended, and David Legwand's goal 3:07 into OT gave the Predators a 4-3 win over the Avalanche, extending their winning streak to seven games.

The streak was in jeopardy when Nashville blew a 2-0 lead, but the timeout allowed the players to regroup.

"We just stopped skating when we had the lead," Trotz said.

Weber's power-play goal at 18:07 got the Predators even before intermission. Legwand won it with his sixth career overtime goal, capping a half-minute during which the Predators buzzed around the Colorado zone.

"I just threw it toward the net," Legwand said. "We got the puck off to the side of the net and we kept the pressure on them."

Legwand didn't react right away because he didn't know the puck went in the net.

"When [Jason Arnott's] hands went up and I saw it," Legwand said. "I saw his hands go up so I figured it was in the net."

Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots as Nashville won for the 11th time in 13 games.

Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, rookie defenseman Ryan Wilson,Marek Svatos added goals, and Craig Anderson stopped 23 shots for Colorado, which has lost three of its last four.

Nashville opened the scoring after the Avalanche couldn't clear the their zone during a penalty kill. Arnott got the puck at the right circle, sent a pass through the defense and J.P. Dumont redirected it past Anderson 3 minutes into the game. Marcel Goc made it 2-0 when he one-timed a pass from Martin Erat past Anderson at 10:52.

"We need to have a better start, but we got ourselves back into the game," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said.

The Avs came out flying in the second period. Wilson skated into the Nashville end and beat Rinne with a wrister at 3:39 to cut the lead in half.

"I saw a spot where I could jump into the play, and Hejduk hit me with a good pass," said Wilson, who has two goals in 14 games. "I saw the hole and dropped a shot in."

Colorado tied it when Hejduk scored a power-play goal at 11:12, and Svatos put the Avs ahead at 14:35.

Three minutes later, Svatos scored his sixth goal to give the Avalanche a 3-2 lead.

"They had the momentum going at that point they scored three goals in a row, and they had some other chances," said Rinne, who tied the franchise goalie record with his seventh straight victory. "Then we had that big power play. That was a huge goal for us. We had some good chances and eventually (Weber) scored a big goal for us."

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - J-P Dumont (4) ASST: Shea Weber (9)
1 - 0 NSH
Marcel Goc (2) ASST: Martin Erat (5), Jordin Tootoo (3)
2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
Ryan Wilson (2) ASST: Milan Hejduk (8)
2 - 1 NSH
PPG - Milan Hejduk (11) ASST: David Jones (6), Kyle Quincey (12)
2 - 2 Tie
Marek Svatos (6) ASST: Chris Stewart (7), Brett Clark (9)
3 - 2 COL
PPG - Shea Weber (6) ASST: Jason Arnott (4), Ryan Suter (9)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
OT Period
David Legwand (4) ASST: Francis Bouillon (3), Jason Arnott (5)
4 - 3 NSH
Power Play Stats
Power Plays2/31/4
Power Play %17.6%20.0%
% on Road17.1%12.8%
% at Home18.0%29.0%
League Rank21st11th
penalty summary
1st Period
Brett Clark  Interference against  Marcel Goc
David Koci  Interference against  Francis Bouillon
Marcel Goc  Cross checking against  Matt Duchene
2nd Period
Martin Erat  Hi stick - double minor against  Matt Duchene
Dan Hamhuis  Slashing against  Marek Svatos
Marek Svatos  Interference against  Jerred Smithson
3rd Period
OT Period
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
SA: 22TOI: 63:01
Saves: 19EV: 13 - 15
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 7
SV%: .864SH: 0 - 0
Craig Anderson
SA: 27TOI: 63:07
Saves: 23EV: 19 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 4
SV%: .852SH: 2 - 2