NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Nashville Predators finally found someone other
than Tomas Vokoun who can win a game in goal.
Jason York scored at 1:12 in overtime, and backup goaltender Chris Mason
stopped 31 shots for his first career victory to help Nashville beat the
Colorado Avalanche 4-3 Thursday night.
Mason is just the third goalie in the franchise's six-year history to win a
game for Nashville, and he did it in his 12th NHL appearance. He said he was
"I thought it was going to slip away," Mason said. "Unbelievable, really
nervous. They have an All-Star team."
York also had an assist. Both Simon Gamache and Andrew Hutchinson scored
their first NHL goals, and Greg Johnson added a goal and an assist for
Nashville, which beat Colorado at home for the first time since Dec. 26, 2000.
Mason started only because Vokoun came down with the flu Wednesday night
after starting the last 21 games. Mason faced a Colorado team that had won four
straight and five of its last seven and came in as the NHL's best road team.
He nearly got the victory in regulation, but Colorado forced overtime when
York was called for slashing with 43 seconds left. Paul Kariya scored his fifth
goal on a power play when he poked the puck under Mason's right leg off a
rebound of a shot by Joe Sakic.
York responded with his second goal this season as the Predators snapped a
two-game losing skid.
"The shot went in," Colorado goalie David Aebischer said. "I should've
stopped that one no question. Surprised me? Not really. I just should've
The Avalanche outshot Nashville 34-23, but Mason shut down Colorado after
giving up a short-handed goal to Peter Forsberg and a power-play goal to Sakic
in the first. Milan Hejduk added two assists, and Alex Tanguay and Adam Foote
had an assist apiece.
"Chris was awesome for keeping it 2-0," York said. "It could have been
five after the first. He gave us a chance to win tonight."
Mason's best save came during a four-on-four at 9:15 in the third as he
stopped first a shot from Teemu Selanne with his stick, then smothered the
rebound shot by Steve Konowalchuk.
Hutchinson put Nashville up 3-2 as he took the puck, skated behind the goal
and put a backhander through Aebischer's legs for the 3-2 lead. Aebischer was
coming off his third shutout of the season and had allowed only three goals in
his last three games.
The Avalanche tried to rally but couldn't get the puck past Mason. He had a
stick save off a shot by Rob Blake -- voted to his fourth All-Star start in five
seasons earlier Thursday -- then he gloved a backhander by Tanguay with 2:47
"We didn't work hard enough to have one point the way we played," Forsberg
said. "We should have zero points."
Nashville evened the score with two goals in the second despite taking only
four shots. Gamache scored at 11:00, and Johnson tied the game with his eighth
this season on a short-handed breakaway as he grabbed the puck near the blue
line and easily beat Aebischer at 15:39.