Duchene scores 2nd goal in OT, Predators tops Avalanche 5-4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Matt Duchene scored two goals, including the winner of the game after a powerplay 3:01 inside overtime, and …

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Matt Duchene scored two goals, including the winner of the game after a powerplay 3:01 inside overtime, and the striped Nashville Predators beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 Tuesday night.

Luke Kunin also scored twice, Tanner Jeannot added a goal and Juuse Saros made 40 saves to help Nashville win its fifth line. Roman Josi had three assists.

Cale Makar had one goal and two assists for Colorado, which had won five in a row. Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Andre Burakovsky and Nathan MacKinnon also scored for Avalanche, and Darcy Kuemper made 27 saves.

In overtime, JT Compher blocked Josis’ shot attempt, but the return came to Duchene in the castle, where he fired the puck past Kuemper.

Late in the third period and with the avalanche behind after a goal, Makar drove from the blue line to the right circle, where he broke a wrist shot over Saros’ glove to another highlight-coil goal for the young defender.

The teams went into the third period with Nashville with a 3-2 advantage. They exchanged power-play goals, with MacKinnon equalizing the match to 5:21, before Duchene responded after the 10-minute mark.

Jeannot scored the game’s first goal 2:32 of the opening period, and Kunin gave Nashville a 2-0 lead with 55.3 seconds left of the first.

Aube-Kubel halved the Nashville lead at 8:15 in the second and buried rebound from Nazem Kadri’s shot. Burakovsky equalized less than four minutes later.

BOROWIECKI SIDELINE

On his goal, Burakovsky’s first shot was blocked by Nashville’s defender Mark Borowiecki. After blocking the shot with the hip, Borowiecki was down on the ice while the game was allowed to continue. Burakovsky then struck Saros with a wrist shot under the crossbar.

After blocking Burakovsky’s shot, Borowiecki had to be helped off the ice by a couple of teammates. He did not return to the game.

CONSISTENT KADRI

With a couple of assists, Kadri extended his points series to eight games. Over that stretch, Kadri has two goals and 12 assists. He is a match back to equal his personal best nine-match points in November 2017.

Kadri has at least one point in 13 consecutive matches in which he has appeared in the series. An injury put him on the sidelines in three games in December, ending his previous streak.

SETUP SHAKEUP

Prior to the match, Avalanche announced that defender Bowen Byrum had left the team for personal reasons and would not play on Tuesday.

Center Darren Helm missed the match due to a lower body injury. Mikhail Maltsev was recalled from the taxi team.

NEXT

Avalanche: Host the Arizona Coyotes in the first part of a home-and-home, back-to-back set.

Predators: Host the Buffalo Sabers on Thursday.

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