|NSH||1||0||3||(0 - 0)||4|
|COL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
Dan Ellis made a career-high 38 saves for his fourth shutout of the season and Martin Erat provided the offense with a pair of goals as the Predators earned a 4-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Denver on Tuesday night, the opening game on the team's Fathers Trip. The fathers of Nashville's players are traveling with the team on this two-game road trip to Denver and Phoenix.
Nashville has won four of its last five games, surrendering a total of just seven goals against in those five games.
The game turned with the transition between the end of the second period and start of the third period. Colorado nearly tied the contest on a power-play in the waning seconds of the second, but Dan Ellis stoned John Michael Liles with under 20 second to play, which allowed the Predators to maintain their 1-0 lead into the intermission. Nashville came out firing in the third period by netting three goals in the first 5:53, including the insurance goal 59 seconds into the final frame.
|Highlights: Predators 4, Avalanche 0|
Jason Arnott made the play that started the offensive barrage. With his linemates heading off for a line change, Arnott controlled the puck behind the Colorado net. Erat and Martin Gelinas both came off the bench and crashed toward the net. Erat took the pass from Arnott and fired the puck at the net with Gelinas providing a distraction by cutting to the far post. Jose Theodore nearly made the save, but the puck snuck through his equipment and trickled over the goal line.
J.P. Dumont extended his scoring streak to 13 games with a creative assist 1:20 later as the Preds pushed the lead to 3-0. Dumont, Arnott, and Alexander Radulov, a dangerous line the entire game, entered the offensive zone in transition. Dumont carried the puck on right wing and cut against the grain to the middle of the ice to get Theodore moving from left to right. Dumont then fed an impossible angle pass to Radulov skating into the space just vacated by Dumont. Radulov took the pass and had an easy tap-in for his 16th goal of the season.
Erat closed out the scoring burst with a power-play goal at the 5:53 mark. Jerred Smithson held the puck along the near-side boards and fed Erat in the center slot. Erat snapped a shot past Theodore for his 14th score of the campaign, again with the aid of Gelinas providing a distraction in front of the net.
Gelinas continued his blue-collar night with a key defensive play to help Ellis keep his shutout intact. On the power-play, the Avalanche worked the puck down low, eventually feeding a pass to Brett Clark alone at the back post. Gelinas hustled back and slowed up Clark's stick to give Ellis just enough time to slide across his crease and make the save.
Shea Weber netted the game-winning goal, a power-play tally from Ryan Suter and Vernon Fiddler 4:51 into the game. Weber blasted the puck from the left point for his third score of the season and second in as many games.
Post-Game Notes: The Predators improved to 7-2-2 in the month of January ... Nashville is 5-2-1 on the second night of back-to-back games ... The Predators special teams units have been +8 over the past eight games, scoring 8 power-play goals and 2 shorthanded goals and surrendering just 2 power-play goals against ... The Predators PK unit has killed off 27 of the 29 shorthanded opportunities against over the past eight games (93.1%) ... Nashville defensemen have combined to post 12 points in the past three games (2-10-12) ... Radulov has scored 30 of his 36 points while teams were at even strength, 83.3%, the highest percentage in the NHL among players with at least 35 points.
|PPG - Shea Weber (3) Slapshot - ASST: Ryan Suter (14), Vernon Fiddler (11)|
1 - 0 NSH
|Martin Erat (13) Snap shot - ASST: Jason Arnott (26), Ryan Suter (15)|
2 - 0 NSH
|Alexander Radulov (16) Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (23), Shea Weber (6)|
3 - 0 NSH
|PPG - Martin Erat (14) Wrist shot - ASST: Jerred Smithson (7), Ville Koistinen (10)|
4 - 0 NSH
|Brett Clark Holding against Vernon Fiddler|
|Ryan Suter Holding the stick against Andrew Brunette|
|Cody McLeod Boarding against Josh Langfeld|
|Jason Arnott Hooking against Cody McCormick|
|Ben Guite Hi-sticking against Greg Zanon|
|Marek Zidlicky Hooking against Milan Hejduk|
|Scott Hannan Hooking against Jason Arnott|
|Jed Ortmeyer Tripping against John-Michael Liles|
|Cody McLeod Tripping against Martin Erat|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 38||EV: 29 - 29|
|PIM: 0||PP: 6 - 6|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 3 - 3|
|SA: 29||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 25||EV: 22 - 24|
|PIM: 0||PP: 2 - 4|
|SV%: .862||SH: 1 - 1|