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Predators Beat Avs 6-1 In Regular-Season Finale

Updated: April 7, 2012 10:35 PM CDT
Nashville Predators goalie Anders Lindback, right, of Sweden, makes a glove save of a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche left winger Cody McLeod in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, April 7, 2012. (AP Photo) Nashville Predators goalie Anders Lindback, right, of Sweden, makes a glove save of a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche left winger Cody McLeod in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver, Saturday, April 7, 2012. (AP Photo)

DENVER (AP) - Backup Anders Lindback stopped 34 shots before leaving early in the final period after a collision and Patric Hornqvist scored his team-leading 27th goal to lift the playoff-bound Nashville Predators to a 6-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.

David Legwand, Craig Smith, Roman Josi, Brandon Yip and Matt Halischuk also had goals for Nashville, which clinched the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference before the game when Central Division rival Detroit lost to Chicago in a shootout. The Predators open the playoffs next week by hosting the Red Wings.

Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for an Avalanche team that struggled down the stretch and missed the playoffs for a second straight season.

Lindback was hurt with 2:14 left in the third. The Nashville backup landed on the back of his head after Colorado left winger Cody McLeod collided with him in the crease.

Lindback had 34 saves when he left the game. There was no report of the severity of the injury.

Pekka Rinne, the Predators' No. 1 goalie, replaced Lindback.

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

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