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Avs down Predators, 3-0

DENVER ” The Colorado Avalanche got a rare goal from Bob Boughner and goalie David Aebischer snapped a personal four-game losing streak in Colorado’s 3-0 win over Nashville on Tuesday night.

Aebischer stopped 32 shots and his second shutout this season and 12th of his career sent the Predators to their fourth straight loss.

The crowd began chanting “Abby! Abby!” in the waning minutes for another rare moment this year ” cheers for the goalie who has struggled for much of the season.

The Avalanche took a 1-0 lead when Boughner, a defenseman playing on the fourth line, picked up a rebound off of Alex Tanguay’s shot in front of the net and put it past Tomas Vokoun at 15:23 of the first period. It was the first goal since Jan. 28, 2003, for Boughner, who hadn’t even dressed for 19 of the Avalanche’s 41 games this season.

The Predators were 0-for-10 on power plays, killing two themselves by taking penalties. During their four-game skid, they’ve converted just one of 27 power plays.

On their last power play, they yanked Vokoun with 2:35 left to secure a 6-on-4 advantage but still couldn’t break through to avoid their first shutout this season. And Tanguay scored an empty-netter with 19 seconds left.

The Avalanche broke through on their third power play when Joe Sakic made a crossing pass to Brett Clark, who beat Vokoun to the glove side in the second period.

Colorado’s John-Michael Liles slapped the puck off the left post seconds later. Then, Steve Sullivan had a short-handed breakaway for Nashville with two minutes remaining in the second period but missed the net.

The Predators, who lead the league with six wins when trailing heading into the third period, couldn’t muster a comeback against Colorado, which beat Nashville for the first time since Nov. 24, 2003.

The Avalanche are looking for a strong start to the new year. They play 10 of their 13 games this month at the Pepsi Center after a brutal six-week stretch that was packed with road games and back-to-backs. However, it will also be a good test for the Avs, who are currently eighth in the Western Conference, because 10 of those games are against teams that entered January with a winning record.

Notes: Colorado played its first game without F Brad May, who is out four to five weeks with a sprained knee after getting hurt Saturday night against Phoenix. To replace him, the Avs recalled F Frantisek Skladany from Lowell (Mass.) of the AHL. … Colorado and Nashville play their series finale Feb. 2 in Nashville. … Aebischer’s first shutout of the season was Nov. 25 against Columbus.

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