Final OT

Series (Game 3 of 4)

Colorado leads 2-1

Game 1: Sunday, November 10th
Game 2: Thursday, November 14th
Game 3: Thursday, November 21st
Game 4: Wednesday, January 1st

Predators 1

(2-9-4, 12 pts)

Avalanche 1

(6-5-3, 21 pts)

9:00 PM ET, November 21, 2002

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 OT T
NSH 0 0 1 01
COL 1 0 0 01

P. Roy (Avalanche - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967

S. Reinprecht (Avalanche - C): Goals: 0, Assists: 0

T. Vokoun (Predators - G): Saves: 31, Save Pct.: .969

Vokoun makes 31 saves in stalemate

DENVER (AP) -- After a series of indifferent defensive efforts, Colorado goaltender Patrick Roy criticized the play of his team in its own end.

Patrick Roy

Tomas Vokoun

Four nights later, Roy got the desired result, but the Avalanche misplaced their scoring touch.

Andreas Johansson scored 14 seconds into the third period, and the Nashville Predators and Avalanche skated to a 1-1 tie Thursday night.

Rob Blake had a first-period goal for the Avalanche, who continued to struggle at home this season (1-4-4-1).

Nashville's Tomas Vokoun withstood Colorado's 9-3 edge in shots in overtime, finishing with 31 saves.

Roy had 29 saves, including a solid third period in which his team was outshot 14-2.

Colorado had a power play for the final minute of overtime after David Legwand went off for closing his hand on the puck, but the Avalanche couldn't convert.

Roy, who allowed four goals in each of his previous five starts, decried his team's poor play in the final 20 minutes of regulation time.

"For some reason, we don't play well in the third,'' he said. "There's no reason not to be hungry.''

Blake said it was frustrating not to be able to protect a lead.

"We had a few chances there in overtime, but I don't know if this game should have gone into overtime,'' he said. "We're at home, we're up 1-0. That's when we have to put the hammer down.''

Avalanche coach Bob Hartley said his team was "playing a strong game and then there was a breakdown on the first shift of the third period. They tied the game, and after that we were very shaky. Our inability to score a big goal right now is coming back to haunt us.''

Johansson's ninth goal of the season -- from in front of the net -- came after a Colorado turnover and a pass from teammate Scott Hartnell from the right corner.

"The puck went around the boards and Hartnell went after it,'' Johansson said. "I went right to the net. I had my stick on the ice and kept my head down. I didn't see it until the last couple of feet. It was a great, great pass from Hartnell.''

Predators coach Barry Trotz said his team kept its aggressiveness after the tying goal.

"It was good we got it early,'' he said. "Sometimes you get it that early to tie it and you sit back and try to avoid making a mistake. But we went right after them. They probably feel fortunate they were able to take it into overtime because we had some good chances.''

Roy withstood Nashville's onslaught in the third period, capped by stops on back-to-back shots from close range by Vladimir Orszagh.

Blake scored 3:51 in. Milan Hejduk put two consecutive shots on goal, the second one from left of the goal into the crease, where Blake punched it in for his second goal of the season.

Peter Forsberg had an apparent goal disallowed when teammate Vaclav Nedorost was whistled for interference at 14:28.

Vokoun had several outstanding saves in the scoreless second period, including a stop on Scott Parker on a 2-on-1 rush and a save on Alex Tanguay from just left of the goal.

Colorado lost Nedorost to a bruised shoulder in the third period. Parker had X-rays for a bruised neck after two periods, but he returned to the game.

Game notes

Nashville forward Denis Pederson returned to the ice after missing six games with a torn biceps tendon. D Andy Delmore was back after missing five games with a nerve problem in his shoulder. ... Colorado entered the game last in the 30-team NHL in penalty killing at home (71.1 percent). ... It was the third meeting between the teams in 12 days. ... Since beating the Avalanche 4-3 in Denver on Nov. 10, Nashville has scored six goals in a five-game winless streak (0-3-2). ... Colorado has played in nine overtime games, tops in the Western Conference.

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