For the second straight game, the Colorado Avalanche had no trouble scoring goals. On Monday afternoon, they used a four-goal second period to get by the Nashville Predators, just two days after they allowed three third period goals to the Edmonton Oilers in a 6-4 loss. Goaltender Semyon Varlamov faced 56 shots on Saturday and another 38 Monday, but this time he did enough to get his team the win.
The Avalanche managed only 28 shots on goal against the Predators, but had success early on against Preds goaltender Chris Mason.
Aaron Palushaj scored for the second time in three games just over three minutes in, and young defenseman Tyson Barrie added a power play goal six minutes later. The Avs took a 2-1 lead to the locker room and came out firing on all cylinders in the second period. Matt Duchene got his eighth goal of the season, while Chuck Kobasew, Paul Stastny and Jamie McGinn all scored as well. McGinn and Stasny scored just 13 seconds apart.
This was just the second time this season that Colorado has scored more than five goals, and they have won both of those games.
The Avalance power play continues to red-hot as well, with a goal in each of the team’s last three contests. With Gabriel Landeskog and Steve Downie still sidelined by injuries and Ryan O’Reilly continuing to miss time due to a contract dispute, the contributions of players like McGinn and Palushaj will be huge for this team if they hope to be a playoff contender.