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Landeskog lifts Avs to SO win over Predators

By: The Associated Press
March 25, 2014 Updated: March 25, 2014 at 9:56 pm
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Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog (92), of Sweden, scores past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, and forward Mike Fisher (12) in the first period of an NHL hockey game on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gabriel Landeskog scored two goals in regulation and then netted the winner in the shootout to lead the Colorado Avalanche to a 5-4 victory over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.

Cody McLeod and Nick Holden also for Colorado, which ended a three game losing streak.

With the shootout tied 1-1, Landeskog beat goalie Pekka Rinne with a wrist shot from the right side.

Roman Josi and Matt Cullen each had two goals for Nashville, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

Josi scored the game's first goal at 3:33 of the opening period.

After Holden overskated the puck in the neutral zone, Craig Smith carried it into the Avalanche end on the right side and missed wide with a shot from the circle. The rebound came to Josi at the left point, and the Swiss Olympian beat goalie Semyon Varlamov with a slap shot.

Josi struck again at 9:49 of the first.

Inside the Colorado zone, rookie center Calle Jarnkrok won a faceoff back to Josi. From the center of the blue line, he beat Varlamov with a wrist shot, aided by a screen from Gabiel Bourque, who was stationed just in front of the net.

Jarnkrok has posted an assist in his first three NHL games.

Landeskog cut the Nashville lead in half with 54 seconds remaining in the first with a wrist shot from the low slot that beat Rinne on the stick side.

Until then, Nashville had controlled the first period. The Predators outshot Colorado 13-3 in the opening frame. Nashville finished with a 33-28 shot advantage.

Colorado tied it at 8:41 when an unchecked Landeskog beat Rinne from the high slot for his second goal of the game. The Avalanche captain set a career high with 23 goals.

Nashville regained the lead at 14:43 of the second when Cullen beat Varlamov from in tight with a wrist shot high to the short side.

After McLeod tied it at 12:25 of the third, Cullen and Holden traded goals 44 seconds apart late to force overtime.

NOTES: Nashville D Seth Jones missed the game with concussion-like symptoms. The rookie was the only Predators player to be in the team's first 72 games this season. ... Bourque has assists in three straight games. ... The Avalanche had no power plays for the second time this season.

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