Avalanche 4, Predators 2
DENVER (AP) _ Peter Forsberg had one goal and three assists and Sandis Ozolinsh batted the puck out of mid-air for another goal, leading the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night over the Nashville Predators.
Patrick Roy recorded 26 saves for his 427th career win, the most among active goaltenders and third on the NHL career list behind Terry Sawchuk (447) and Jacques Plante (434).
Roy nearly scored into an empty net at the end of the game, but his long shot deflected off the right goalpost.
Tomas Vokoun had 17 saves for Nashville, which outshot the Avalanche 28-21.
Forsberg extended his point-scoring streak to nine games, during which he has four goals and 13 assists.
Chris Dingman’s seventh goal gave Colorado a 1-0 lead in the first period. Jeff Odgers passed to Forsberg, who carried the puck behind the net and found an open Dingman in the slot at 6:22.
With the teams’ intensity increasing in the second period, Roy had a pad save off a close-in shot by Sergei Krivokrasov early on and then turned aside two quick shots. Vokoun stopped hard shots by Adam Deadmarsh.
Nashville tied it at 15:15 when Randy Robitaille took a pass from Kimmo Timonen and scored from the left circle.
Barely two minutes later, the Avalanche reclaimed the lead. Ozolinsh passed to Joe Sakic, whose shot ricocheted off Vokoun into the air and was tapped by Ozolinsh past the goalie at 17:42.
At 5:25 of the third, Nashville’s Patric Kjellberg made it 2-2 with his 12th goal. Cliff Ronning moved the puck behind the net and hit Kjellberg in the slot.
Less than a minute later, however, the Avalanche again countered. Forsberg’s pass from the right boards was redirected by Dave Reid, who was stationed in front of the net, at 6:14.
Forsberg then carried the puck past mid-ice and scored from the right circle at 16:45.