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Martinsen’s Clutch Goal Leads Avs to Victory in Nashville

Three days after a home loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Colorado Avalanche headed on the road for three straight against Central Division foes. On Saturday, the Avs faced off against the Nashville Predators for the first of five meetings this regular season, with three of them taking place in Nashville.Semyon-Varlamov-640x427

The Avalanche defensemen showed out in the first period, with goals coming from Francois Beauchemin and Nick Holden. Beauchemin scored on the power play to make it 1-0, while Holden’s tally made it 2-0. The Avalanche looked to keep the shutout intact heading into the first intermission, but Miikka Salomaki scored with 7.7 seconds left in the first frame to give the Predators some momentum. The 2nd period was all about the Avalanche penalty kill, as the Predators were on the power play three times in the 20 minute span. Semyon Varlamov’s timely saves kept the Preds from capitalizing with the man advantage, and also maintained the Avalanche’s 2-1 lead.

Andreas+Martinsen+Colorado+Avalanche+v+New+KyLy_y1UhBUlIn the third, Craig Smith tied the game 58 seconds into the frame, but in the midpoint of the period, Andreas Martinsen scored to give the Avalanche the lead right back. The Predators were relentless, with two shots by Shea Weber nearly tying the game, but the Avalanche held on to win by a score of 3-2.

The Avalanche played their 18th road game of the season, which leads the NHL. The team’s win in Nashville improves the road record to 9-9-0 this season. Each team had five power plays, with the Avalanche’s first goal of the game being the lone tally on the man advantage, while the Predators went 0-for-5. This is the Avalanche’s second straight divisional win, following the 2-1 OT win against the Minnesota Wild.

The Avalanche will head right back to work tomorrow, as they will head to St. Louis to face off against the Blues.

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