NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Colorado
(Wednesday, October 12th)
Final Score: Nashville 5, Colorado 4
Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Marek Zidlicky had two goals, including the game winner late in the third period, as Nashville came back from a three-goal deficit to defeat Colorado 5-4 at the Pepsi Center.
Paul Kariya and Steve Sullivan, playing in his 600th career game, each had a goal and two assists. Darcy Hordichuk got the other goal for the Predators, who are off to their best start in team history (3-0).
"Its sure good to get off to a good start," said Kariya, who played his first game against his former teammates.
Steve Konowalchuk, Kurt Sauer, Marek Svatos and John-Michael Liles scored for the Avalanche, who are now 2-2 on the season.
Colorado got the first lead of the game on a beautiful individual effort by Konowalchuk. After knocking down a pass attempt by Zidlicky, Konowalchuk slid the puck between the defenseman's legs to go in alone against Tomas Vokoun. He flicked a wrist shot from low in the left circle over Vokoun's right shoulder to make it 1-0 on a shorthanded goal.
Vokoun had 20 saves on the night.
Nashville had a 2-on-1 late in the first period, but Simon Gamache was unable to get a shot off on a wide open net and the teams skated into the first intermission with Colorado in the lead.
The Avalanche scored 2:40 into the second to make the score 2-0. Sauer skated the puck in from the right boards and snapped a shot under Vokoun's left leg.
Svatos made it 3-0 with his fifth goal of the season. The puck had deflected off a Predator skater and Svatos picked it up and flicked a backhander through Vokoun's five-hole at 8:09 of the second.
However, it seems in the new NHL that no lead is safe.
"We were being embarrassed. We were being intimidated, we just sat and told ourselves that we can outplay them," said Sullivan.
The Predators finally got on the board with 7:53 left in the second period. Hordichuk came around the right side and snapped a wrist shot over David Aebischer's left skate to make the score 3-1.
Aebischer finished the night with 13 saves.
Nashville made it a one goal game just three minutes later. Zidlicky forced a turnover and brought the puck in. He sent a wrist shot over Aebischer's right shoulder to make it a 3-2 game.
The Predators tied the game just 1:22 into the third period. Sullivan slid a pass through the goalmouth to a wide open Kariya, who flicked the puck in on the power play.
Colorado appeared to take the lead just 22 seconds later. Svatos slid the puck under Vokoun's leg, but the goal was reviewed and waived off because the net was dislodged.
The Avs were able to take back the lead 4:19 into the third. Joe Sakic made a nice pass from behind the left side of the net to a charging Liles, who one- timed the puck into the net, giving the Avs a 4-3 lead.
But the Predators came back again. On the power play, Kariya took it behind the left side of the net and threw a pass to Sullivan on the right side. He slid the puck between Aebischer and the right post to tie the game once more.
Nashville then took the lead for good on its third power play goal of the night.
After Aebischer was whistled on a roughing call for punching a Predator player, Kariya made a pass from the right corner to Zidlicky, who one-timed a slapshot to give the Predators the lead at 5-4.
Nashville's power play was 3-for-9 on the night.
"It shows good character to come back and win some games. Once we got the puck deep and used our speed we got some goals," said Kariya.
Colorado had a late power play and applied good pressure, but was unable to tie the game up.
"We were up 3-0 and we thought we had it," Sakic added. "We have to keep on working. We had our power play chances and we could not get anything out of it."
Nashville's next game will be Thursday at Phoenix...Colorado will host Chicago on Friday...This is Nashville's first 3-0 start in its history...Colorado's power play was 0-for-5 after going 5-for-21 in its first three games...Sakic's next goal will tie him with Maurice "Rocket" Richard for 21st place on the all-time goal scoring list.
10/13 00:40:14 ET