NASHVILLE, Tenn. The Nashville Predators are playing well right now, having won three in a row and six of their last seven.
The wins are helping them keep pace in the Western Conference.
David Legwand scored his second goal of the game at 4:26 of overtime, and the Predators rallied from a two-goal first-period deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday night.
Legwand scored the winner on a rebound of his own shot.
It seems like everyone else is winning six out of seven too, so its kind of tough, Legwand said. Youve got to keep winning obviously. Other teams are winning, so we have to keep winning.
It helps playing Colorado, and the Predators have won seven in a row over Colorado and nine of 10 overall in the series dating back to Feb. 4, 2010.
Wins over the Avalanche on Tuesday and Thursday gave Nashville a four-point edge over the Avs in the West.
Now we have a little bit of separation between us and them, Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne said. Every night is the biggest game of the year.
Legwand started the comeback with a goal in the second period, and Sergei Kostitsyn tied it up in the third.
Ryan OReilly had a goal and an assist, and Gabriel Landeskog also had a goal for Colorado.
It was a point, which we obviously needed in the standings, but I certainly think we could have been a lot better, Colorado coach Joe Sacco said.
The Avalanche outshot Nashville 15-7 in the first period, but the Predators wound up outshooting them 35-29 for the game.
We just kept coming and coming, Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. We had some good chances, and obviously Legwand has a bit of a penchant for getting the big goals this year. ... Coming back after being down (for) two periods allows you to find out what kind of character you have, so this is a real good win for us.
This game started in a turnaround from Tuesday night when Nashville scored three goals in the first and beat the Avalanche 4-1 in Denver.
OReilly celebrated his 200th career NHL game by helping Colorado jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Avalanche points leader got a little help from Rinne on his 12th goal this season.
The goalie was trying to clear the puck when he flicked it toward center ice where OReilly grabbed it and scored on a wrister past Rinne at 6:09 of the first. OReilly had the primary assist on Landeskogs slap shot for a 2-0 lead at 12:17.
He didnt get a lot on it, OReilly said of Rinnes clearing attempt. I just kind of threw it up over the pad. (He) came across real quick. He almost stopped it, but I got a lucky bounce there.
Rinne blamed himself for both goals.
Its not a good feeling obviously, Rinne said.
It was the kind of start Sacco wanted before becoming too passive in the second period.
Instead of us forcing the issue and playing more in their face, we started to sit back a little bit, and thats what happens when you play on your heels, Sacco said.
The Predators started clicking and attacking in the second as they outshot Colorado 14-7. That included Legwands goal as he scored off the rebound of Matt Halischuks wraparound attempt at 12:17.
Nashville came in with the Western Conferences second-most productive power play behind only Vancouver and had converted on five of its past eight lower plays.
Not against Colorado. The Predators were shut out on their six opportunities with the man advantage largely thanks to Jean-Sebastien Giguere in net.
But Kostitsyn tied it with his ninth goal this season at 8:49 of the third with his wrister from the left circle over Gigueres glove.
Nashville kept up the pressure, and Giguere kept it tied with great save after great save. He was sprawled on his belly with his head toward the net when he stopped a shot from Jordin Tootoo with his stick with less than 5 minutes left.
In overtime, Giguere managed to stop Legwands first shot after the Nashville center had skated across the right circle but couldnt stop Legwand off the rebound.