Nashville 4, Colorado 1

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 9:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Nashville 23-15-3-1 12-7-2-1 11-8-1-0 W2
Colorado 23-20-1-0 13-11-0-0 10-9-1-0 L2


Martin Erat and Ryan Ellis collected a goal and an assist apiece and Pekka Rinne made 32 saves as the Nashville Predators defeated the host Colorado Avalanche 4-1 on Tuesday in the opening game of a home-and-home series.

Patric Hornqvist secured the win with his team-leading 12th goal of the season at 15:34 of the third period. After an Avalanche turnover in their own end, Hornqvist was left all alone in the slot and snapped the puck just under the crossbar.

The Predators built a 3-0 lead in the opening period as Nick Spaling’s sixth and Ellis’ second goals of the season came 3:10 apart in the first eight minutes of play. Ellis’ marker came on the power play.

Erat added his ninth goal of the season when he wristed a laser over the glove of Semyon Varlamov. He has 10 points in his last 12 games.

Rinne improved to 21-11-4 on the season as the Predators won their second straight game.

Ryan O’Reilly put the Avalanche on the scoreboard with just 36 seconds left in the second period. O’Reilly got his 11th of the season on the power play by redirecting a mid-air pass from Paul Stastny.

Top Game Performances

Nashville   Colorado
Ryan Ellis 2 Points Ryan O'Reilly 1
Ryan Ellis 1 Goals Ryan O'Reilly 1
Ryan Ellis 1 Assists Paul Stastny 1
Ryan Ellis 1 Power Play Goals Ryan O'Reilly 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne .970 Save Percentage Semyon Varlamov .846
Pekka Rinne 32 Saves Semyon Varlamov 22

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 26 4 1-3 2-3 6 27
Colorado 33 1 1-3 2-3 6 35

Upcoming Games

  • Colorado will play its next game on the road against Nashville. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .542 after a win and .500 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play its next game at home against Colorado. The Predators have a W/L % of .522 after a win and .579 after a loss.
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