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Predators beat Avs in OT for seventh win in a row

by John Kreiser /

Knowing when to call your timeout is vital for any coach. Nashville coach Barry Trotz made the most of his on Wednesday night.

Trotz called his timeout after Colorado scored three unanswered goals in the second period -- and the strategy worked perfectly. Shea Weber tied the game before the period ended, and David Legwand's goal 3:07 into OT gave the Predators a 4-3 win over the Avalanche, extending their winning streak to seven games.

The streak was in jeopardy when Nashville blew a 2-0 lead, but the timeout allowed the players to regroup.

"We just stopped skating when we had the lead," Trotz said.

Weber's power-play goal at 18:07 got the Predators even before intermission. Legwand won it with his sixth career overtime goal, capping a half-minute during which the Predators buzzed around the Colorado zone.

"I just threw it toward the net," Legwand said. "We got the puck off to the side of the net and we kept the pressure on them."

Legwand didn't react right away because he didn't know the puck went in the net.

"When [Jason Arnott's] hands went up and I saw it," Legwand said. "I saw his hands go up so I figured it was in the net."

Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots as Nashville won for the 11th time in 13 games.

Milan Hejduk had a goal and an assist, rookie defenseman Ryan Wilson,Marek Svatos added goals, andCraig Anderson stopped 23 shots for Colorado, which has lost three of its last four.

Nashville opened the scoring after the Avalanche couldn't clear the their zone during a penalty kill. Arnott got the puck at the right circle, sent a pass through the defense and J.P. Dumont redirected it past Anderson 3 minutes into the game. Marcel Goc made it 2-0 when he one-timed a pass from Martin Erat past Anderson at 10:52.

"We need to have a better start, but we got ourselves back into the game," Colorado coachJoe Sacco said.

The Avs came out flying in the second period. Wilson skated into the Nashville end and beat Rinne with a wrister at 3:39 to cut the lead in half.

"I saw a spot where I could jump into the play, and Hejduk hit me with a good pass," said Wilson, who has two goals in 14 games. "I saw the hole and dropped a shot in."

Colorado tied it when Hejduk scored a power-play goal at 11:12, and Svatos put the Avs ahead at 14:35.

Three minutes later, Svatos scored his sixth goal to give the Avalanche a 3-2 lead.

"They had the momentum going at that point they scored three goals in a row, and they had some other chances," said Rinne, who tied the franchise goalie record with his seventh straight victory. "Then we had that big power play. That was a huge goal for us. We had some good chances and eventually (Weber) scored a big goal for us."

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