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Predators Beat Avalanche 4-2

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Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien (5) pressures Nashville Predators left wing Sergei Kostitsyn (74), of Belarus, in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo) Colorado Avalanche defenseman Shane O'Brien (5) pressures Nashville Predators left wing Sergei Kostitsyn (74), of Belarus, in the second period of an NHL hockey game on Thursday, March 8, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Sergei Kostitsyn scored at 19:28 of the second period, and the Nashville Predators held off the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 Thursday night.

The Predators, coming off their first home loss in regulation since January 5, improved to 18-3-2 in their last 23 home games. Pekka Rinne stopped 15 shots in his NHL-best 37th win.

Mike Fisher and Brandon Yip each scored a goal as Nashville won its sixth straight at home over Colorado. Martin Erat added an empty-netter.

Paul Stastny and Jamie McGinn each had a goal and an assist for Colorado. The Avalanche snapped a two-game winning streak after matching a season-high with seven goals in a 7-1 win Tuesday against Minnesota. Semyon Varlamov had posted shutout wins in his last two road games.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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