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Predators Rally To Beat Avalanche In OT

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Steve Sullivan scored on a breakaway in overtime to lead the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Scott Walker scored two goals, the second tying the game with 2:39 left in regulation. Mike Sillinger also scored his first goal since being traded to Nashville from St. Louis on Sunday, and the Predators took the season series 3-1 from Colorado.

Joe Sakic, Cody McCormick and Brett Clark scored for Colorado, which went 0-for-8 on the power play. The Avalanche have lost three of four, including two in shootouts.

The Predators are at their best when they're at home, coming into the game tied for the NHL's third-best record at 19-5-1. They're tied for the league's best in one-goal games, and they improved that mark to 20-10 after tying the game twice in the third period to force overtime.

Sullivan, Nashville's leading goal scorer, tied the Predators' mark for goals in a season with his 26th, and he did it in style. He picked up a loose puck near the Nashville blue line and skated up on a breakaway, beating David Aebischer by going top shelf over his glove.

The Predators came out very sluggish after a 2-1 loss at Dallas on Wednesday night, and they gave up a season-high 46 shots.

But Tomas Vokoun didn't allow another goal after Sakic poked the puck across the line from behind the goalie's back in the crease for a 3-2 lead at 11:11 of the third.

Colorado had its best opportunities in the first with six power-play chances, including a brief 5-on-3. The Avalanche outshot Nashville 17-6 but led only 1-0 after Clark scored his sixth this season at 4:38 from the left circle on a one-timer off a rebound of a shot by Milan Hejduk that bounced off Vokoun's right pad.

The crowd of 12,057 wasn't happy with the early rash of penalties and let the officials know it by booing them when they skated onto the ice for both the second and third periods. Nashville got the final three power plays, the last coming with 4:32 left in the third and Colorado leading 3-2.

With 7 seconds left in the power play, Walker tied the game when he scored his fifth this season from in front of the net off assists from Yanic Perreault and Paul Kariya.

Game notes
Colorado defenseman Ossi Vaananen hurt his ankle in the opening minutes when he was checked into the end boards by Nashville forward Darcy Hordichuk. ... Kariya has 17 points in his last 15 games, and Perreault extended his points streak to 13 in 13 games. ... Walker went down seconds after Vaananen after taking a stick to the mouth, but he returned later in the first period. ... Left wing Jeremy Stevenson played his 100th game for the Predators.

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