Sports - Colorado Avalanche

Jan 11, 2012 4:11 AM by Lee Douglas

Avs can't recover from bad first period and fall to Predators

DENVER (AP) - Pekka Rinne had 32 saves, Martin Erat and Ryan Ellis had a goal and an assist each and the Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Tuesday night.

Nick Paling and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Predators, who have won two straight and five of their last six.

Ryan O'Reilly scored for Colorado and Semyon Varlamov settled down after a shaky start to finish with 20 saves. The Avalanche have lost two straight after winning 11 of 13.

Nashville has won six straight against the Avalanche dating back to the 2009-10 season. Rinne was in net for all four of the Predators' wins over Colorado last year, giving up an average of two goals a game.

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1/10/2012 9:38:06 PM (GMT -7:00)




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