|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||0|
|COL||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
Dan Ellis stopped 19 of 20 shots and the Predators killed off all nine Avalanche power-plays, but Darcy Tucker scored on a fortuitous bounce late in the second period to lead Colorado to a 1-0 win over Nashville on Saturday night at Denver. The Predators outshot the Avalanche 26-20 on the game, despite playing without leading goal scorer Martin Erat and versatile forward Joel Ward, who both missed the game due to injuries suffered Thursday night at Calgary.
With the Avalanche countering a Preds offensive attack, Ryan Smyth relayed a pass to T. J. Hensick entering the offensive zone down the right wing. The Nashville defense contained Hensick to the perimeter and funneled him into the right wing corner. Hensick slid a centering feed into the traffic. Scott Nichol was in perfect position to safely clear the play, but the puck hopped over his stick allowing Tucker an open scoring chance with 4:21 remaining in the second period, Tucker’s third goal of the season.
The first period was a penalty filled affair with the teams combining for six power-plays, including a pair of Avalanche power-play opportunities within the opening five minutes of play and a 23 second five-on-three advantage for the Predators late in the opening frame.
Rich Peverley had a quality chance to put the Preds on the board nine minutes into the second period. Jason Arnott blasted a shot from the right wing. Peter Budaj made a pad save, but the rebound came to Peverley on the far side wing. Peverley snapped a shot toward the vacated part of the net as Budaj scrambled back, but the shot missed just wide. Four minutes later, J.P. Dumont created a dangerous chance on a power-play, coming out of the corner with the puck and snapping a high shot near side, but Budaj made the shoulder save. Budaj made a skate save on Vernon Fiddler’s breakaway with 4:50 left in the period to keep the game scoreless.
Dan Ellis matched Budaj’s performance with three big-time saves during a Colorado power-play 4:05 into the second period, two saves in quick succession off a scramble in the goal crease.
With the Avs holding a one-goal lead, Shea Weber created a pair of chances midway through the third period, blasting a slap shot from the top of the left wing faceoff circle and then following the rebond for a snap shot from the center slot, which Budaj was able to cover up.
Ellis made the save of the game with 5:05 left in regulation, going post-to-post for a sprawling glove save to rob Smyth on the power-play.
|Darcy Tucker (3) ASST: TJ Hensick (2), Ryan Smyth (5)|
1 - 0 COL
|Dan Hamhuis Holding against Ryan Smyth|
|Shea Weber Holding against Wojtek Wolski|
|Marek Svatos Hi-sticking against Dan Hamhuis|
|Scott Nichol Hooking against Brett Clark|
|Joe Sakic Interference against Jerred Smithson|
|Brett Clark Tripping against Jason Arnott|
|Dan Hamhuis Hi-sticking against Marek Svatos|
|Ruslan Salei Holding against Ryan Suter|
|David Legwand Hooking against Milan Hejduk|
|Marek Svatos Hooking against Scott Nichol|
|David Jones Hooking against Ryan Suter|
|Rich Peverley Holding against Brett Clark|
|Ruslan Salei Holding against Vernon Fiddler|
|Greg De Vries Hooking against Wojtek Wolski|
|Greg De Vries Tripping against David Jones|
|Shea Weber Hooking against David Jones|
|SA: 20||TOI: 59:01|
|Saves: 19||EV: 10 - 11|
|PIM: 0||PP: 9 - 9|
|SV%: .950||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 26||TOI: 59:47|
|Saves: 26||EV: 14 - 14|
|PIM: 0||PP: 10 - 10|
|SV%: 1.000||SH: 2 - 2|