DENVER (AP) Nashville goalie
Johansen and Watson scored in the first 2:42 of the third, and both had an assist in the Predators' 5-3 win over the
''We got really timely goals,'' Rinne said. ''It was a big game for Colorado - they weren't going away.''
Rinne stopped 37 shots, improving to 17-7-2 in his career against the Avalanche. He also finished the month 9-1-2.
A tight game was busted open by Johansen and Watson, who made it 5-2 early in the third.
''It gave us a little bit of a cushion,'' Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. ''Because you knew that they were going to keep coming, offensively.''
''They made us pay on a few different plays,'' Pickard said. ''If you give them chances, they are going to bury (them).''
Arvidsson put Nashville up 2-1 just 7 seconds into the second period. He took an expert pass from
The Predators scripted the play coming out of intermission.
''Great play by Subby, great play by Arvi to break through the D and put it top shelf,'' Johansen said. ''That was a big goal for us.''
The Avalanche have struggled mightily all season early in periods. Colorado forward
''I don't know why we aren't prepared for the start of periods,'' he said. ''It's like we are on our heels; we don't want to make mistakes rather than we want to go out and win. I mean, it can't happen.''
Fiala made it a two-goal advantage 3:04 into second, but Bourque cut it to 3-2 with his eighth of the season.
Fisher put the Predators ahead with 5:08 left in the first. After Colorado turned the puck over in its own zone, the Nashville captain took a pass from Watson and placed it under Pickard's armpit for his fifth goal of the season.
Rantanen tied it 66 seconds later for Colorado.
NOTES: The Predators finished their brief trip 1-1-0 after losing to Winnipeg 3-0 on Sunday. ''It was huge for us to get some points on the road,'' Watson said. . Nashville LW
Predators: Begin a three-game homestand Saturday against the New Jersey Devils.
Avalanche: Continue their homestand Thursday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.