Holden scores twice, Avalanche beat Predators 5-4 - NBC Sports

Holden scores twice, Avalanche beat Predators 5-4
Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith (6) is fouled by Washington Wizards forward Jan Vesely (24), from the Czech Republic, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
January 18, 2014, 10:51 pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nick Holden scored two goals and had an assist and the Colorado Avalanche held off the Nashville Predators 5-4 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

Jan Hejda, Gabriel Landeskog and Matt Duchene each scored a goal for Colorado, which is 8-1-1 over its past 10 games. The Avalanche earned their first win in Nashville since Jan. 6, 2009, ending a 0-6-1 skid.

Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves and improved to 11-0-5, tying the Avalanche record for going 16 consecutive games without a regulation loss.

The Predators scored three straight goals after trailing 5-1 in the third, and Roman Josi's goal at 17:03 gave them a chance to force overtime. But Varlamov stopped a flurry in the final minutes, including shots from Josi and Mike Fisher for the win.

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