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Peter Laviolette and his goaltender had a lot in common — both were skillful in the art of deflecting.In Laviolette’s case , it was too much of the credit after earning victory No. 600 as an NHL coach.“Tonight was a team win,” the Predators coach said.On a milestone Monday for Laviolette, goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped a penalty shot in making 35 saves and Nashville knocked off the reeling Colorado Avalanche 4-1.Laviolette became the 20th coach in NHL history to reach the 600-win milestone and the third this season as he joined John Tortorella and Claude Julien. Laviolette also had stints with the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and the Philadelphia Flyers before stepping in with the Predators in 2014-15.He gave plenty of kudos to his players for the achievement.“Coming off a couple losses and playing Colorado, a team behind us in the standings, an important win for our guys,” Laviolette said. “I’m just thankful for not only this team but teams previous. It’s been an accumulation of four different teams.“Fortunate to be in the game and stay in the game — greatest job in the world.”Nick Bonino and Viktor Arvidsson scored 1:34 apart in the second period, while Roman Josi added another and Ryan Ellis contributed a late empty-netter from deep in his zone. The Predators maintained their mastery of the Avalanche, beating their Central Division rivals for a 12th time over the last 13 regular-season meetings.Rinne was at a loss to explain the success.“We seem to match up pretty good against them. At the same time, I have a ton of respect toward that team,” Rinne said. “It’s a very good hockey team.”Alexander Kerfoot had the lone goal for an Avalanche squad that’s dropped five of seven.Colorado was coming off a 7-1 win over Los Angeles on Saturday in which the team tied a franchise record with six goals in the second period. The scoring spree didn’t carry over. The Avs haven’t won two straight games since late November.“I have no problem with the way we played today,” Colorado coach Jared Bednar said. “We made a couple mistakes, they capitalized. They made lots of mistakes too, we didn’t capitalize. To me the difference was Rinne.”Rinne’s biggest save came on a penalty shot by Matt Nieto in the second period to keep the game scoreless. Bonino soon followed by lining a shot between the pads of Semyon Varlamov. The Predators are 23-2-1 when scoring first.“I tried Milan Lucic Jersey Kids ,” Nieto said of his penalty shot that was thwarted by Rinne’s right pad. “It didn’t work out.”Bonino breathed a sigh of relief. On the play, he tried to lift the stick of Nieto, which got Nieto on the hands and led to the penalty shot.“(Rinne) was ready — cool, calm, collected — and made a good save,” Bonino said.Moments later, Bonino scored his 100th NHL goal. Arvidsson then increased the lead with his 11th goal in 14 games since returning from a broken thumb.Kerfoot made it 2-1 with a tip-in at 16:43 of the second period, but Josi quickly restored the two-goal cushion by lifting a shot over Varlamov following a pinpoint pass from Austin Watson.The first period was filled with plenty of pushing and a few punches. Things got a little heated when Watson took offense to Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov delivering a big hit on a teammate. Watson challenged Zadorov to drop the gloves, and they squared off before being separated and sent to the penalty box.Nieto agitated the Predators later in the period when he stopped in front of Rinne, sending a spray of ice into the goaltender’s face.Avalanche All-Star forward Mikko Rantanen returned after sitting out the third period against the Kings with a lower-body injury. He said at practice Sunday that “everything is fine.”Their recent play is another matter.“There are some positive things,” Rantanen said. “But it was tough to find the back of the net.”NOTES: Predators C Ryan Johansen served the second of a two-game suspension for a high stick on Winnipeg’s Mark Scheifele. … Avalanche D Erik Johnson (head) was in the concussion protocol and missed the game.UP NEXTPredators: The second of a three-game trip will be Wednesday in Las Vegas against the Golden Knights.Avalanche: Host Minnesota on Wednesday before not playing again until Feb. 2. HERNING, Denmark (AP) Five games, five wins. Led by Patrick Kane, the United States has impressed so far at the ice hockey world championship in Denmark.The U.S. opened with victory over Canada Oscar Klefbom Jersey , the tournament favorite seeking a third title in four years and captained by NHL leading scorer Connor McDavidChasing its first medal at the tournament since bronze in 2015, the 5-4 win over Canada in a penalty shootout set the pace for the U.S. in Group B, followed by victories against host Denmark (4-0), Germany (3-0), Latvia (3-2 in OT) and South Korea (13-1).The decision to make Kane captain after a disappointing season with his Chicago Blackhawks has paid off.The 29-year-old star forward last played at the world championships in 2008, his first season in the NHL and also the last time the Blackhawks missed the playoffs. In the meantime he won three Stanley Cup titles with the Blackhawks and was in the U.S. team at the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.”It’s a huge honor to represent the United States of America, the greatest country in the world,” Kane said.He has proved a leader on ice, scoring three goals and adding nine assists in the first five games at the championship.Kane was also key to other players being keen to join the team.”His influence was as a magnet to attract players,” U.S. general manager Bill Zito said.The team includes game-breakers such as forwards Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings, Anders Lee of the New York Islanders, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers and Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames. Cam Atkinson of the Columbus Blue Jackets has been the team’s leading scorer at the championship with five goals.But there’s also promising young talent, such as defenseman Quinn Hughes, a top 10 prospect in the 2018 NHL draft.”Lot of good players , lot of young guys on this team, so it’s been a fun team to be around,” Kane said.Kane’s Chicago teammate Alex DeBrincat, who is on the national team after scoring 28 goals in his rookie season with the Blackhawks, praised Kane’s leadership qualities.”He wants to be the best, he’s always out there to be the best player on the ice,” DeBrincat said. ”For me, it’s taking that mentality and just using it. Everyone wants to be the best but some guys want that so much more and he’s one of those guys.”Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy and Nashville Predators forward Nick Bonino have joined the team to strengthen the roster after the elimination from the NHL playoffs.With a quarterfinal spot all but ensured, the U.S. faces Norway on Sunday and Finland on Tuesday in their remaining Group B games.”The most important game is the next one, so we’ll look to continue improving as we get set for Norway,” head coach Jeff Blashill said.

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