Predators come up short in goaltending battle at Colorado

Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 4:58pm
Staff reports

Pekka Rinne did not exactly match Semyon Varlamov save for save during regulation. He didn't have to.

The Nashville Predators goalie faced 10 fewer shots than his Colorado Avalanche counterpart Saturday, but neither allowed a goal through the first three periods despite some quality chances for both sides.

In overtime, Rinne faced two in quick succession. He saved the first but not the second, a rebound chance by Tyson Barrie, and Nashville fell 1-0 at Colorado.

Barrie's second career goal -- in 28 NHL games -- came just 50 seconds into the extra period and dropped the Predators to 5-7 in overtime decisions. They had won three straight in games decided during the four-on-four overtime period, the most recent on Feb. 25 against Dallas.

It was the second time this season Nashville reached overtime without a goal scored. The first time was a 1-0 victory over San Jose on Feb. 12.

Rinne faced 24 shots, half of them in the third period and overtime.

The Predators got the better of things through the first 40 minutes, when they outshot the Avalanche 27-12. They added seven shots in the third period but got nothing past Varlamov, who snapped a personal three-game losing streak with his third shutout of the season.

The 34 shots on goal were the most in any of this season's six games in which Nashville failed to score. Four of those six shutouts have been on the road.

Patric Honrqvist led all players with five shots on goal. Roman Josi had four, and David Legwand, Nick Spaling and Taylor Beck all had three.

Nashville also failed to take advantage of six power plays (Colorado had one). The Avalanche's final penalty was a double-minor that covered the final 2:23 of the second period and the first 1:37 of the third.

4 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 3/30/13 at 5:57

The main interest is not wins, losses and points. The main interest is sellout crowds and weaning the team from as much Davidson county subsidy as possible.

I have been to four or five games the last two years. Th hot dogs, hamburgers and peanuts are wonderful. Ice hockey fans appear to be a different kond of fan. They like to the ctfish thrown on the floor, wear their warm ice hockey jerseys and watch the skating. If someone scores they can look at the monitor and see how it happened. They love a powe play most all.

After the game is over they like to go home and try to make some sense of what happened and celebrate privately the fact that they are different.

By: sharko20 on 3/31/13 at 2:00

Preds might be in real trouble tomorrow against the Hawks. They just smacked the Red Wings.

By: Pelvis on 4/1/13 at 2:11

Wow, look everyone, Rasputin is posting the same thing he posts every time he posts on a hockey story!!! Did you all know he doesn't care for hockey? You're probably shocked just like I am.

You're doing God's work Rasputin, don't stop with the anonymous online jabs at the Predators and hockey in general. If you keep it up eventually nothing will ever happen or ever change.

By: Pelvis on 4/1/13 at 2:25

Oh and btw, you're an idiot. I don't care how rich you claim you are or how successful you claim to be. Your post right here today is the stupidest thing I've ever read online in years. Why you have such a hard on for bashing hockey one could only guess. Was your first girlfriend stolen from you by a hockey player? Did you get beat up by hockey fans or players in your past? If it's the tax subsidy you got a problem with TAKE IT UP WITH METRO THAT BUILT THE ARENA TWO YEARS BEFRE THE PREDS EVER EXSISTED!!! HOCKEY is not the problem, HOCKEY does not get tax subsidies. THE ARENA DOES you moron, or more appropriately Powers Management does. They run the arena for the city. The NHL does not allow tax subsidies to count as revenue for NHL clubs. The money ONLY goes to overseeing the arena, to pay for repairs and employees for the building THE CITY OWNS.

Why would you attack hockey fans anyway? If we didn’t go to games and the team wasn't getting popular. EVEN MORE TAX SUBSIDES would go to the arena because even less money would be coming in. But who would you attack then? Concert goers? NCAA basketball fans? Kids (and parents) that go to see Disney on ice?

Get bent.