DENVER (AP) — Semyon Varlamov kept the Colorado Avalanche in the game, and Tyson Barrie eventually got him the only goal he needed to get the win.
Varlamov stopped 34 shots, Barrie scored 50 seconds into overtime and the Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 1-0 on Saturday.
Pekka Rinne had 23 saves for Nashville, which has lost two straight but gained a point heading to Chicago on Monday.
"Any point on the road is a good point," coach Barry Trotz said. "They're playing pretty well, they've got a lot of offense and they're at home. Obviously you want two points but we'll take one."
The Predators are fighting to make the playoffs with a month left in the season. They came into Saturday two points behind St. Louis for the eighth and final postseason spot in the Western Conference with 14 games remaining. They got one point despite being shut out for the sixth time this season and wasting a strong outing by Rinne.
"We had chances, and they were good chances," defenseman Shea Weber said. "We've got to score goals if we want to win."
They failed to do anything against Varlamov, who recorded his third shutout of the season and No. 11 for his career. He came up big throughout the game to give Colorado a chance to win in overtime.
"Varly has been unbelievable," Avalanche center Matt Duchene said. "He's been so consistent for us. It was one of those games that felt like the first goal would win it."
They got the one goal early in the extra period. Barrie scored when he came down the right side and sent Greg Zanon's rebound past Rinne. It was Barrie's second goal of the season and ended a four-game skid for the Avalanche.
P.A. Parenteau had his team-leading 21st assist on the play.
"I thought Z might one-time that, and if Rinne made the save it might pop out to me," Barrie said. "I was fortunate to get the bounce and it was pretty much an empty net. I made it a little harder than it was and put it in off his pad."
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