NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Colorado
(Saturday, November 8th)
Final Score: Colorado 1, Nashville 0
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Peter Budaj stopped all 26 shots he faced for his first shutout of the season, as the Colorado Avalanche blanked Nashville, 1-0, at the Pepsi Center.
It was the sixth career shutout for Budaj, who helped the Avs halt their five- game losing streak. Darcy Tucker provided the game's only tally with his 200th career goal.
"I think it was a huge win for our team, especially with us losing five in a row," Budaj said. "I don't think we played that bad in those five games but we couldn't get it going. Tonight's two points are really big, really crucial for our team."
Dan Ellis was solid in net for Nashville, making 19 saves, but the Predators went on to lose their third straight game. They were also shut out on November 4 by Vancouver.
"We got a really good, strong goaltending performance by Dan Ellis," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "Bottom line, they got their goal on a should- have-been-a-nothing play. It shouldn't even have been on net."
Tucker scored with 4:21 left in the second period, in which Budaj made nine saves. T.J. Hensick skated toward the goal line on the right side of the ice, sent a centering pass under a Nashville defender's stick, and Tucker was there on the left side of the crease to put the disc in net.
"I kind of got lucky on the pass, but Tucker was in the right spot at the right time," Hensick said.
Budaj made an additional nine stops in the third to send the Avs to victory.
It was the 500th home game all-time for Colorado...The Avalanche had nine power-play chances, and were unsuccessful on all of them...The Predators went 0-for-7 on the power play.
11/09 00:39:54 ET