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Grubauer Gets 1st Shutout Of Season As Avs Blank Predators 5-0

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Scrapping for every point, the Colorado Avalanche turned to goalie Philipp Grubauer for their second road game within 24 hours.

Grubauer came through with 38 saves for his first shutout of the season, helping Colorado beat the Nashville Predators 5-0 Saturday for their fourth straight victory.

Colorado coach Jared Bednar called Grubauer’s performance amazing.

“That’s a dangerous, dangerous offensive team there and their power play, they’re a lot of shooters, playmakers,” Grubauer said. “And I mean we had some breakdowns, but Grubauer, he was lights out. Some of the saves he made were goal savers for sure.”

Colorado improved to 5-1-0 in its last six and has picked up points in eight of its last 10 games while trying to keep pace in Western Conference. The Avalanche pushed a point ahead of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot.

“We had to make a decision if we wanted to push for the playoffs or be a lottery team, and we are on our way there,” Nathan MacKinnon said.

The Avalanche also split the season series with the Predators, winning both games in Nashville after losing a first-round series in six games last postseason.

MacKinnon scored two goals and had an assist. Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists, Nikita Zadorov had a goal and an assist and Gabriel Landeskog added a goal for Colorado.

Grubauer made the start and got the seventh shutout of his career. Semyon Varlamov started the last nine games, including Friday night’s 5-3 win in Chicago.

The Predators had a two-game win streak snapped, losing to a Central Division foe they had beaten 12 of the previous 13 games in the regular season. This was just the fourth time they’ve been shut out this season.

This time, Colorado had the much tougher turnaround for the afternoon game and had to travel to Nashville for the second half of a back-to-back trip. It didn’t matter as Grubauer kept Nashville scoreless, and now the Avalanche have outscored their opponents 18-4 during this four-game streak.

MacKinnon put Colorado up 1-0 with a slap shot from the dot in the left circle that beat goalie Pekka Rinne’s blocker just 3:05 into the game.

The Predators had their chances but went 0-for-5 with the man advantage. They got their second power play in the second when Ryan Graves slashed Filip Forsberg as he skated up the slot with the puck. MacKinnon drew a penalty for Colorado later in the second after a collision with Dan Hamhuis left the Predators defenseman on top of MacKinnon’s stick.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette wasn’t happy with the lack of a call that would’ve put his Predators on the power play.

“That was a game-changer,” Laviolette said.

Kerfoot scored from the right circle into a wide-open net at 14:41 for the power-play goal and a 2-0 lead. Landeskog made it 3-0 at 18:02, finishing off a 2-on-1 with a wrister for his 33rd goal of the season.

That was all Grubauer needed as he made save after save, including a stop on Yannick Weber’s backhander on a short-handed attempt midway through the third. MacKinnon made it 4-0 just 28 seconds later with his 32nd this season from the top of the left circle, and Zadorov got his sixth with 3:18 left.

“We did some good things, and the bottom line is that Colorado’s goalie stood on his head,” Nashville center Ryan Johansen said.

NOTES: Colorado is 4-3-2 in the second game of a back-to-back set. … Colorado had a 19-5 edge in blocked shots with defenseman Erik Johnson having a game-high six. … The Predators now are 9-20-4 when allowing the first goal and 6-16-2 when trailing after the first period. … Nashville set a home record with a crowd of 17,760.

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Avalanche: Host Florida on Monday night.

Predators: Host Oilers on Monday night.

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Forsberg Leads Predators Past Blackhawks 4-3

CHICAGO (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored a minute into overtime for his second goal of the game, and the Nashville Predators beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – JANUARY 09: Alex DeBrincat #12 of the Chicago Blackhawks hits the ice after colliding with Pekka Rinne #35 and Rocco Grimaldi #23 of the Nashville Predators at the United Center on January 09, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Colton Sissons and Viktor Arvidsson also scored to help the Predators improve to 3-0-1 on a six-game trip. Ryan Johansen and Mattias Ekholm each had two assists, and Pekka Rinne made 28 saves.

Nashville had a 3-2 lead before Patrick Kane flipped a pass into the middle to Artem Anisimov, who slid a shot under Rinne with 2:21 left in regulation. Anisimov stopped a seven-game drought with his eighth of the season.

But Forsberg stepped up in overtime, driving to the net and flipping a shot over Collin Delia’s left shoulder for his 16th of the season. Forsberg just returned to the Predators’ lineup on Monday after missing 17 games with a hand injury.

Chicago lost for the fourth time in five games. Alex DeBrincat and Jonathan Toews also scored for the Blackhawks, and Kane had two assists.

Nashville jumped in front on Sissons’ ninth of the season, but Predators defenseman Dan Hamhuis was sent off for hooking 17:03 into the first and the Blackhawks capitalized on the power-play opportunity. DeBrincat extended his goal-scoring streak to three games when he drove a cross-ice pass from Kane under Rinne’s stick for No. 21 on the year.

The tie lasted all of eight seconds. Arvidsson got a stretch pass from P.K. Subban, avoided Delia’s stick and stuffed home a backhand to make it 2-1 Predators with 2:01 left in the period.

Nashville increased its lead to 3-1 after Chicago defenseman Connor Murphy was penalized for hooking in the second. Forsberg beat Delia with a wrist shot at 16:26 for his first goal since Nov. 21.

The Predators got another power-play chance after David Kampf was whistled for tripping late in the period. But Toews got a nice pass from Marcus Kruger and sent a shot by Rinne on the stick side for just the fourth short-handed goal of the season for the Blackhawks.