Recently the Colorado Avalanche has had some trouble holding onto a lead. The Avs gave up two-goal advantages on Nov. 18 in Edmonton and Nov. 20 in Vancouver, losing those contests 6-4 and 5-2, respectively.
The club then jumped out to a 5-2 lead in its most recent contest against Philadelphia just two days ago, but held on for a 5-4 victory after giving up a pair of third-period goals and withstanding a late barrage by the Flyers.
Wednesday night saw a bit of a role reversal, as Colorado allowed the red-hot Nashville Predators to jump out to a 2-0 advantage, putting the Avalanche in a position the team hasn’t been in lately.
With the tables turned following goals by Nashville’s J.P. Dumont and Marcel Goc in the first period, Colorado summoned up a comeback effort of its own before eventually dropping a 4-3 overtime decision to the Predators.
Colorado picked up a point in the process, which makes sure the team will wake up on Thanksgiving morning still leading the Northwest Division.
The second period was a completely different story than the first. The Avs completely erased the deficit and then grabbed the lead – albeit temporarily - by scoring three times in the first 15 minutes of the middle frame.Ryan Wilson
cut Nashville’s lead in half after blocking a shot in his own end, joining the rush with Milan Hejduk
and beating Nashville netminder Pekka Rinne between his left pad and glove on a semi-breakaway at 3:39.
Hejduk added a tally of his own at 11:12 while Martin Erat was serving a four-minute double minor for a high-sticking Matt Duchene
. Marek Svatos then gave the Avs a 3-2 advantage after burying a centering feed from Chris Stewart at 14:34.
But the Avs wouldn’t get out of the period with the lead, as Shea Weber unleashed a bomb from the point with the Predators on the power play at 18:07, making it a 3-3 contest.
The third period would pass by without a goal, leading to David Legwand’s overtime winner at 3:07.
“We have to start a little quicker. When you get behind two goals it is hard to come back in this league," said Wilson. "Even with us coming back by scoring three goals in the second, it takes a lot out of you.”Foote, Cumiskey Out
Adam Foote missed his fourth consecutive game with a jaw injury and Kyle Cumiskey sat out with an injured foot, meaning Wilson and Tom Preissing were called upon in the defensive end tonight. Wilson scored in the second period while Preissing rang a point shot off the post in the opening frame.One Streak Ends, Another ContinuesDavid Jones
came into tonight’s contest with a hot hand on the offensive end, having scored four goals over the past three games. While Jones didn’t put one past Rinne tonight, he did extend his point streak to four games (4g/2a) by making a pretty feed to set up Hejduk’s power-play tally in the middle frame.