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NHL Game Summary - Colorado at Nashville



(Thursday, January 8th)

Final Score: Nashville 4, Colorado 3 (OT)

Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Jason York atoned for a late penalty that led to the tying goal by scoring the overtime winner, giving the Nashville Predators an exciting 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche at Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Chris Mason stopped 31 shots in his first NHL win, as the Predators snapped a two-game losing streak. Simon Gamache, Greg Johnson and Andrew Hutchinson added goals for Nashville, which rallied from a 2-0 deficit and beat the Avalanche at home for the first time since December 26, 2000.

Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg each had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which gained a point when Paul Kariya scored with 15 seconds left in regulation. David Aebischer stopped 19 shots for the Avalanche, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.

The Predators were clinging to a 3-2 lead late in the third, but York took a slashing penalty with 44 seconds to play. The Avalanche then pulled Aebischer for a 6-on-4 skating advantage and tied it when Kariya followed up a shot by Sakic and tucked home the equalizer for his fifth goal of the season.

York made amends for his penalty at 1:12 of the extra session with a blast from the blue line that eluded Aebischer.

Colorado grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period with goals while shorthanded and on the power play.

Forsberg scored shorthanded just 2:25 into the game, netting his seventh goal of the season on a backhander in front. Sakic made it 2-0 with 3:59 left in the period, cashing in a power play with a shot from the top of the crease for his 18th goal.

The Predators failed to beat Aebischer on 10 shots in the first period, then scored twice on just four chances in the second to tie it.

Gamache converted a power play for his first NHL goal at the 11:00 mark. Greg Johnson set up the goal, then scored shorthanded on a breakaway with 4:21 left in the period to tie it.

Hutchinson netted his first NHL goal at 10:41 of the third to give Nashville a 3-2 lead.

Game Notes

Colorado defenseman Rob Blake was selected as a Western Conference starter for the All-Star Game. He was the leading vote-getter in the conference...Milan Hejduk had two assists for the Avalanche...Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun was sidelined with the flu after starting the last 21 games.

01/09 00:14:06 ET


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