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NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Colorado



(Friday, January 22nd)

Final Score: Colorado 2, Nashville 1

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Craig Anderson made 29 saves, including all 13 shots in a frantic third period, to help the streaking Avalanche edge Nashville, 2-1, and regain sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division.

Rookies Matt Duchene and Brandon Yip both scored on the power play for Colorado, which extended its winning streak to a season-high five games.

It has been quite a remarkable and rapid turnaround for the Avalanche, who finished at the bottom of the Western Conference standings in 2008-09 with 69 points -- five fewer than they have through 50 games this season. Colorado holds a two-point lead over Vancouver for the top spot in the division.

Cody Franson had a power-play goal for the Predators, who were handed a third straight loss. Pekka Rinne stopped 21-of-23 shots in defeat.

Nashville appeared to tie the game with 7:31 left in regulation, but a questionable goaltender interference penalty on Predators sniper Patric Hornqvist wiped out the goal.

"I had my position in the crease," Anderson said of the disallowed tally. (Hornqvist) bumped into me and I lost my balance a little bit. It was a good call."

Hornqvist, not pleased with the infraction, said the club has to play more disciplined.

"It's a hard situation. Sometimes the referee calls it, sometimes he does not," Hornqvist explained. "This is a tough (loss) for the team. We played well, but took too many penalties."

Colorado finished 2-for-9 with the man advantage and improved to 3-0-0 on its five-game homestand that continues Sunday against Dallas.

Despite having the goal waved off, the Predators continued to press for the equalizer, forcing Colorado center Paul Stastny to hook Hornqvist with 34 seconds to go in the game. Even though he was being harassed, Hornqvist managed to get a shot off that caught the post.

Nashville pulled Rinne to create a 6-on-4 advantage, but failed to convert.

The Avalanche drew first blood when Stastny set up Duchene for an easy tap-in from the low slot with 6:14 remaining in the opening frame. It was Colorado's seventh 5-on-3 goal of the season, most of any team in the NHL.

Franson beat Anderson on the glove side at the 8:47 mark of the second period, just 1:22 after Yip made it 2-0.

Game Notes

Colorado captain Adam Foote missed a fifth straight game due to an ankle injury...Duchene leads all rookies with 34 points this year...Anderson has allowed just seven goals in winning his last five starts...Avalanche center Ryan Stoa collected an assist on Yip's goal for his first NHL point...Nashville plays the third test of its four-game road trip Tuesday in Columbus.

01/23 00:26:51 ET


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