National Hockey League
Colorado 3, Nashville 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, February 29, 2020
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Referees: Dan O'Halloran, Francois St. Laurent
Linesmen: Darren Gibbs, Travis Toomey
Attendance: 17619

Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist, Pavel Francouz stopped 30 shots, and the visiting Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Saturday night.

Johnson's two points gives him 300 for his career.

Gabriel Landeskog and Martin Kaut also had goals for the Avalanche, who have won a franchise-best eight straight road games and six in a row overall.

Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok had goals, and Juuse Saros had 28 saves for Nashville. The Predators had their three-game winning streak snapped.

The game was scoreless deep into the second period when Colorado finally broke through. Sam Girard, who had the game-winning goal Friday night in Carolina, sent a pass down low to Johnson, and he gave it to Landeskog as he skated toward the net.

Landeskog roofed a sharp-angle wrister just inside the far post at 13:23 for his 18th goal of the season.

The Avalanche didn't have to wait long to get another goal and pad their lead. Cale Makar brought the puck into the Nashville zone and sent a pass across to Tyson Jost. Jost fed it to the middle, off Arvidsson's stick and right to Kaut, who beat Saros at 15:38. It was his second goal in six games since making his NHL debut Feb. 18.

It stayed that way until the third period when Makar couldn't convert on a mini-breakaway and Arvidsson went in alone on Francouz and beat him at 14:40. It was his 15th of the season.

Nashville appeared to tie it up with 3:14 left when Dante Fabbro's slapshot beat Francouz high over his blocker, but the goal was waved off on a goaltender interference penalty on Colin Blackwell.

The Predators killed off the minor and Saros went off for an extra skater with 59 seconds left, but Johnson scored on a rink-long flip to seal it at 19:03 and reach his milestone in points.

Jarnkrok got the last goal on a backhander with 1.7 seconds left. It was his 13th on the year.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Colorado   Nashville
Erik Johnson 2 Points Ryan Ellis 2
Erik Johnson 1 Goals Viktor Arvidsson 1
Erik Johnson 1 Assists Ryan Ellis 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pavel Francouz .938 Save Percentage Juuse Saros .933
Pavel Francouz 30 Saves Juuse Saros 28
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Colorado 31 3 0-4 3-3 6 27
Nashville 32 2 0-3 4-4 8 22
Upcoming Games
  • Nashville will play their next game at home against Edmonton. The Predators have a W/L % of .485 after a win and .516 after a loss.
  • Colorado will play their next game on the road against Detroit. The Avalanche have a W/L % of .684 after a win and .500 after a loss.