Rapid Recap: Predators 5, Avalanche 4 (OT)
The Colorado Avalanche see the first loss of 2022 in a 5-4 overtime final against the Nashville Predators.
The Predators opened the scoring within the first few minutes of the game and ended the first period with another goal with less than a minute left.
The Avalanche came back a bit with a goal from Nicolas Aube-Kubel to start the second period. This goal is the third in two games for Aube-Kubel.
The Avalanche tied the game with a tally from Andre Burakovsky, but the Predators responded to regain the lead before the second frame was over.
Nathan MacKinnon tied the game with a goal to begin the third period, and once again the Predators took the lead right back a couple minutes later. To continue the back-and-forth scoring, Cale Makar tied the game again with a goal late in the third.
The game ended in overtime with a goal from the Nashville Predators.
The Avalanche and Predators will face off only one more time this season in April at Ball Arena.
2:32 NSH (0-1) - Matt Luff gave a shot attempt from the blue line, but Tanner Jeannot grabbed the rebound and batted the puck in.
19:04 NSH (0-2) - Roman Josi took the puck from the left side boards and brought it to Luke Kunin in front of the net for a shot and a goal.
8:15 COL (1-2) - Nazem Kadri flipped the puck back with a backhanded pass as he staked behind the net, Nicolas Aube-Kubel saw the pass and popped the puck into the net.
11:48 COL (2-2) - Andre Burakovsky took a wrist shot from the slot to get the puck home through a little traffic.
17:25 NSH (2-3) - From a turnover, Nick Cousins gained control of the puck and passed to Luke Kunin who was in front of the net and secured a quick scoring shot.
5:21 COL (3-3) - PPG Cale Makar, from the blue line, passed the puck to Nathan MacKinnon who took a slap shot from left circle to bounce the puck off the post and into the net.
10:00 NSH (3-4) - PPG Roman Josi took a hard shot from the top of the zone, the puck was deflected, and Matt Duchene found the rebound to tip the puck home.
13:19 COL (4-4) - Cale Makar brought the puck up and around the top of the zone and in towards the net to flip the puck into the top corner from the bottom of the left circle.
3:01 NSH (4-5) - PPG Roman Josi took a hard shot from the top of the zone, the puck rebounded for Matt Duchene to shoot the puck again and get the goal.
Final: Predators 5, Avalanche 4 (OT)
Matt Duchene (NSH)
Cale Makar (COL)
Luke Kunin (NSH)
Colorado: Darcy Kuemper allowed 5 goals on 32 shots.
Nashville: Juuse Saros allowed 4 goals on 44 shots.
STAT OF THE NIGHT
Nazem Kadri tallies two more assists to put him in first place in the NHL with 35 on the season.
The Colorado Avalanche snap a five game win streak, the team holds a 10-2-0 record in the last 12 games. The Avalanche are the highest scoring team in the NHL, with about a 4.3 goals per game average. The Avalanche defensemen have scored a league leading 37 goals so far this season. Mikko Rantanen leads the team in four different stats, goals (16), power-play goals (7), takeaways (23), and power play points (15 - tied).
Gabriel Landeskog entered NHL COVID protocol on Jan. 10. Darren Helm did not dress, he is considered day-to-day with a lower-body injury. Mikhail Maltsev was recalled from the taxi squad to fill in.
Jacob MacDonald remains out with an upper-body injury he sustained on Dec. 12. Stefan Matteau is expected to be out for a few more weeks while he rehabs a lower-body injury from October 2021.
The Colorado Avalanche head back home to start another back-to-back against the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 14.
Based on the start of the game
13 Nichushkin - 29 MacKinnon - 96 Rantanen
95 Burakovsky - 91 Kadri - 25 O'Connor
16 Aube-Kubel - 18 Newhook - 37 Compher
17 Jost - 11 Maltsev - 56 MacDermid
7 Toews - 8 Makar
3 J. Johnson - 49 Girard
28 Murray - 6 E. Johnson