Predators grab eighth straight win as they top Avalanche.

The Nashville Predators closed out their four-game road trip on Sunday afternoon as they took on the Colorado Avalanche in Denver. The Predators were looking to complete a perfect trip and that’s exactly what they did, thanks to another comeback effort, as they topped the Avalanche 4-3 in overtime.

Just as he did during Friday night’s win over the Canucks, Ryan Ellis scored a late game tying goal in this one. Filip Forsberg finished the contest off by going end-to-end for the game winner.

The Predators started off in dominant fashion as they controlled play and pinned the Avalanche in their own zone for the majority of the first few minutes of the contest. Austin Watson made the effort count for Nashville as he scored his 10th goal of the season 3:09 into the contest. Watson’s goal marked the first time the Preds have scored first during their four-game road trip.

The Watson tally awakened the Avalanche however as they were the more dominant team through the second half of the opening period. Nikita Zadorov knotted things up at 1-1 for Colorado just seconds after he came out of the penalty box following a high stick.

Through the even first frame, Colorado created a 17-16 edge in the 5-on-5 shots attempted category and an 11-8 advantage in the total shots on goal category.

The story of the second period was penalties. Each side was whistled for three minor penalties each, which included two off-setting minors, but the Predators were the lone team to capitalize on the man advantage.

With just under 12 minutes left in the period, Kyle Turris capped off a strong sequence from the Predators’ power play. Kevin Fiala zipped a pass to Ellis in the high-slot and the blue liner slid a pass to Turris left of the net and he buried the one-timer for his 12th goal of the season.

Turris’ goal was the lone of the second stanza. The shots on goal were few to come by in the period as each team managed only seven.

The Avalanche tied things up at 2-2 just 4:38 into the third period after an unfortunate sequence. The Predators had a poor turnover at the blue line and Matt Nieto took advantage as he threw a shot on goal which deflected up into the air near the goal line where Fiala was there to possibly deflect it away, but his stick actually pushed the puck over the red line for the goal.

Following the Nieto goal, the Preds and Avs settled in for what would be a battle for the remainder of the third period. Both teams seemed to find a different gear speed wise and didn’t give up any loose pucks or free ice.

The Avalanche were however able to take a 3-2 lead with 5:38 remaining on the power play. Watson was whistled for a tripping minor and Mikko Rantanen buried a one-time effort from the right faceoff dot to beat Rinne.

The Predators weren’t going to go down easy however. For the second straight game, Nashville turned to Ellis to tie things up late.

The Predators clearly had all of the momentum after Ellis’ tally as the game headed into overtime and it didn’t take long for Nashville to grab their fourth straight come from behind win.

Filip Forsberg scored the game winner 1:07 into the extra frame as he went coast-to-coast for what was his first goal in nine games played.

The Predators have been the team around the league known to come from behind and they continued that trend on Sunday.

Pekka Rinne closed out the contest with 22 saves on 25 shots as the Predators out shot the Avalanche 31-26 on the afternoon.

Roman Josi missed Sunday’s game as he was listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury prior to puck drop while Craig Smith and Mike Fisher also were absent as healthy scratches given maintenance days.

The Predators return home on Tuesday night to host the Dallas Stars at 7:00 p.m CST.

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