Predators fall to Colorado 3-2, miss opportunity for division lead

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Nashville Predators fell to the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 Tuesday night, missing an opportunity to retake the lead in the Central Division.

The St. Louis Blues, who sit one point ahead of the Predators in the standings, fell to the Winnipeg Jets Tuesday night.

The Predators took the 1-0 lead on a slap shot by Calle Jarnkrok in the first period.

After Colorado goals from Jarome Iginla and Ryan O’Reilly in the second period, the Predators managed to even the score in the third.

Ryan Ellis took advantage of the Jan Hejda penalty, managing the power play goal through traffic and past Semyon Varlamov.

The Predators thought they scored again just 18 seconds later but the goal was wiped off. The officials ruled that Paul Gaustad interfered with Varlamov, keeping the score tied at 2-2.

Colorado rookie Joey Hishon netted the game winner at 7:06 of the final period.

The Predators remain one point behind St. Louis and two points ahead of Chicago in the Central Division standings.

They face the red-hot Minnesota Wild Thursday at Bridgestone Arena.

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