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Colorado at Nashville

Predators hold off Avalanche for 16th home victory

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- When the Nashville Predators hit the ice for warm-ups coach Barry Trotz knew his team wasn't at the concentration level he wanted.

The first seven minutes proved he was right. But a power play goal by Steve Sullivan at 7:42 of the first period gave the Predators the energy they needed to take a 3-2 victory Tuesday night over the Colorado Avalanche.

It was the third victory in a row for the Predators at home. They start a five-game road trip Wednesday night in Chicago.

Marek Zidlicky also scored on the power play for the Predators in the first, with his goal coming at 9:02.

"I think it was important that we scored early on those power plays," said Trotz. "In some of our losses we drew a lot of penalties early but we didn't score. In the first seven minutes we gave up way too many two-on-ones. It showed we weren't mentally sharp. The power play goals gave us the momentum we needed."

Sullivan gave the Predators a 1-0 lead scoring with a two-man advantage. Standing beside the left goal post, he lifted the puck over Colorado goaltender Vitaliy Kolesnik as he was stretched out face down in the crease. Nashville took a 2-0 lead at 9:02 when Zidlicky scored on a wrist shot from just inside the top of the left circle, putting the puck over the right arm of Kolesnik.

"We got a good cushion in the first period," said Sullivan. "The 5-on-3 goal was a key for us. The last couple of games we have been able to do that."

The Avalanche closed to within 2-1 on Pierre Turgeon's goal at 16:20 while Colorado had a two-man advantage.

After a scoreless second period, the Predators extended their lead to 3-1 on Hartnell's goal at midway through the third period. He stole the puck from Colorado's Brett Clark at the blue line, skated in one-on-one and went top shelf on Kolesnik.

"I don't think it took the wind out of our sails," said Colorado's Milan Hejduk. "Whether it was a one goal or a two goal lead we needed to get it done."

With less than two minutes left to play John-Michael Liles scored to get Colorado within a goal, but the Avalanche couldn't tie it.

"We were still in the game even after being down 2-0," said Colorado coach Joel Quenneville. "I would have liked to have seen us win more puck battles. This one was definitely available for us. I would have liked to see us grab at least a point."

The game was played with only one referee. Rob Shick had his foot x-rayed prior to the start of the game and it was determined it was broken. Ian Walsh handled the referee duties.

"Walsh is a young guy," said Trotz. "I think he did well for one man. The game is tough to call with one person. I thought he did a real solid job."

Notes

  • Sullivan has a goal in each of his last four games. The Avalanche has scored at least one power play goal in each of the last eight games in a row, a total of 12 during that span.
  • The Predators have 16 victories at home, the most in the NHL.
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Goalie Tomas Vokoun deflects the puck away as Andrew Brunette battles Mark Eaton. (AP)
Goalie Tomas Vokoun deflects the puck away as Andrew Brunette battles Mark Eaton. (AP)

Scoreboard
Colorado (17-14-3)1012
Nashville  (21-7-3) «2013
Three Stars
S. Hartnell
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
T. Vokoun
NSH


Saves: 24
Save Pct.: .923
S. Sullivan
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:42Power Play - Steve Sullivan (15), Wrist Shot - Assists: Adam Hall and Kimmo Timonen
09:02Power Play - Marek Zidlicky (8), Slap Shot - Assists: Martin Erat and Dan Hamhuis
16:20Power Play - Pierre Turgeon (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Joe Sakic and Rob Blake
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
10:41Scott Hartnell (11), Backhand Shot - Unassisted.
18:19John-Michael Liles (9), Wrist Shot - Assists: Ian Laperriere and Joe Sakic
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
02:59Brisebois: Interference - 2 min.
06:56Laperriere: Holding - 2 min.
07:35Sakic: Hooking - 2 min.
14:45Erat: Interference - 2 min.
15:00Timonen: Hooking - 2 min.
2ND PERIOD
05:26Laperriere: Tripping - 2 min.
12:28Eaton: Holding - 2 min.
3RD PERIOD
06:46Zidlicky: Hooking - 2 min.
15:00May: Hooking - 2 min.
19:17Hall: High sticking - 2 min.
SHOTS ON GOAL
 123OTT
Colorado1268 26
Nashville1485 27
GAME INFORMATION
Attendance - 15120
Game Time - 60:00
Referees - Rob Shick, Ian Walsh
Line Judges - Angelo D'Amico, Greg Devorski
 
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