Fast start carries Predators to victory at Colorado

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 11:35pm
Staff reports

Martin Erat and Ryan Ellis each had a goal and an assist as the Nashville Predators got all the offense they needed in the first period of a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday in Denver.

Patric Honrqvist’s goal – his team-leading 12th – with 4:26 to play in the contest ended what was a sustained attack by the Avalanche beginning with the start of the second period.

Nashville registered 10 of the first 11 shots and led 3-0 after one period. The final shot total was 33-26 in favor of the Avalanche, though. They outshot the Predators 18-6 in the second period and 9-7 in the third.

Colorado’s only goal came on the power play in the final minute of the second period.

Erat made it 3-0 when he scored with 4:55 to play in the first period. He also had an assist on Ellis’ power play goal at 7:41 of the period.

It was Erat’s second straight two-point game and his eighth of the season. It also made him Nashville’s highest-scoring team for the season with 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists).

Ellis scored at 7:41 of the opening period and had the only assist on Hornqvist’s goal. The rookie defenseman has three points, including two power play goals in the last two games.

Nick Spaling started the scoring 4:31 into the contest.

The teams, which entered the contest separated by a point in the Western Conference standings, play again Thursday at Bridgestone Arena. Faceoff is 7 p.m.