Predators remain on a roll, cruise to victory at Colorado

Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 11:42pm
Staff reports

David Legwand and Cody Franson each had a goal an assist as the Nashville Predators routed the Colorado Avalanche 5-1 Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

The victory was the Predators’ second straight and eighth in the last 10 games. They improved to 6-0 this season when they score at least five times, which they have done in two straight. They won 5-2 at Phoenix on Tuesday.

Sergei Kostitsyn, Matt Halischuk and Colin Wilson scored the other goals, and Patric Hornqvist contributed two assists — his second-straight two-point performance.

Legwand, Franson, Hornqvist and Wilson all were plus-3 for the contest.

Halischuk’s goal, which made it 3-0 2:05 into the final period, was his first with Nashville. The 22-year-old forward acquired in the offseason trade for former captain Jason Arnott was recalled Sunday.

He now has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games.

Pekka Rinne made 32 saves and came within 3:37 of his fourth shutout of the season before he gave up a goal to Colorado’s Matt Duchene.

The Avalanche appeared to score in the second period, when it was 2-0, but on-ice officials ruled that the puck never crossed the goal line. A video review was inconclusive and no goal was awarded.

The Predators pulled away when Halischuk and Legwand scored 2:17 apart early in the third period. Wilson made it 5-0 with 10:03 to play.

The Predators now travel to western Canada, where they will complete their current six-game, 11-day road trip with three games in four days — Sunday at Edmonton, Monday at Calgary and Wednesday at Vancouver.