Avs beat Predators, match season high with 6th straight win


Colorado Avalanche right wing Martin Kaut (61), of the Czech Republic, celebrates after scoring a goal against Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74), of Finland, in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pavel Francouz made 30 saves in a career-best sixth straight win, Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Saturday night.

Gabriel Landeskog and Martin Kaut also scored for the Avalanche, who matched a season high with their sixth-straight win.

Colorado also won a franchise-best ninth consecutive road game and recorded its 11th win in February, also a franchise best.

Viktor Arvidsson and Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Juuse Saros finished with 27 saves.

Landeskog scored the game’s first goal at 13:23 of the second period.

From the left corner, Johnson feathered a pass to Landeskog, who drove toward the Predators net, and from the goal line, he lifted a quick wrist shot into the top far corner, just underneath the crossbar. Landeskog has goals in two of his last three games, and a point in four straight.

Kaut doubled the Colorado lead 2:15 later.

Tyson Jost drove down the right side and pulled up at the top of the right circle. There, he found a trailing Kaut with a pass in the slot. Kaut beat Saros with a wrist shot on to glove side.

Arvidsson converted on a breakaway at 14:40 of the third to spoil Francouz’s shutout bid.

Johnson added an empty-net goal in the final minute and Jarnkrok scored with two seconds left to account for the final margin.

NOTES: Jost extended his points streak to three games. … Former Avalanche and Predators forward Peter Forsberg attended the game. … Colorado has not allowed a power-play goal in its last eight games. … Saros had won five of his previous six starts.

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