Rinne came up big all night, but his shutout bid ended when
It was a difficult day for the Avs as Fleischmann, one of their top scorers, was diagnosed with two blood clots, one in each of his lungs. He complained of shortness of breath following the morning skate.
The team said the 26-year-old left wing will be on blood thinners for several months and will be held out of action. He should be able to resume his career following treatment.
Rinne improved to 8-1 over his last nine starts, giving up less than two goals a game during that stretch.
Once action was stopped, the call was reviewed for quite some time and overhead shots appeared to show the puck bouncing in and then back out upon hitting the pads of Rinne, who was deep inside the net.
The call on the ice was upheld, upsetting Colorado coach Joe Sacco, who briefly chatted with the officials before waving his arms in disgust.
Leading 2-0 heading into the third period, the Predators broke the game open with three quick scores. It was the second straight game in which Nashville scored five times, which matches a season high.
Nashville jumped out to a quick lead, scoring twice in the opening period. Kostitsyn knocked in a wrist shot, his 12th goal of the season, and Franson later followed with a shot into the corner of the net.
The loss of Fleischmann is a blow to the Avs, who entered the game with the fourth-highest scoring squad in the
The team just sent forward