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Fiddler, Weber, Legwand score as Predators beat Avalanche 3-2

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vernon Fiddler, Shea Weber and David Legwand scored first-period goals, and Pekka Rinne made 19 saves in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday night.

Ryan Smyth and Wojtek Wolski had first-period goals for Colorado. The Predators are 7-0-0 when leading after the first period and 10-2-0 when scoring the first goal. They're also 8-1-0 when Weber scores.

Wade Belak sent a bouncing pass across ice that Fiddler got control of on the left side of the ice. He skated across the goalmouth and backhanded a shot past goalie Peter Budaj at 5:15 of the first period.

The Avalanche tied it on a power play, with Smyth beating Rinne to his stick side at 9:03.

The Predators took the lead on Weber's power-play goal. The defenceman blasted a shot from above the left circle that beat Budaj wide to his glove side at 12:36. The goal came less than a minute into a 4-minute power play after Ian Laperriere was hit with double minor for cross-checking and unsportsmanlike conduct at 11:52.

Wolski scored a short-handed goal from low in the slot at 16:22.

Legwand closed out the first-period scoring with a second left. He skated in low from the left side and flicked a wrist shot behind Budaj.

Notes: Legwand played in his 574th game for the Predators, a team record. ... Budaj shut out the Predators 1-0 on Nov. 6.

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