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Andreas Martinsen's 3rd-period goal lifts Avalanche over Predators 3-2

  • Colorado Avalanche left wing Andreas Martinsen, of Norway, upper right, celebrates with Carl Soderberg (34), of Sweden, and Blake Comeau (14) after Martinsen scored a goal against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Colorado Avalanche left wing Andreas Martinsen, of Norway, upper right, celebrates with Carl Soderberg (34), of Sweden, and Blake Comeau (14) after Martinsen scored a goal against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Colorado Avalanche players celebrate a goal by Andreas Martinsen (27), of Norway, against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Colorado Avalanche players celebrate a goal by Andreas Martinsen (27), of Norway, against the Nashville Predators in the third period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

  • Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, falls as he battles Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla (12) for the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Iginla was called for hooking on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Nashville Predators center Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, falls as he battles Colorado Avalanche right wing Jarome Iginla (12) for the puck in the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. Iginla was called for hooking on the play. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)  (The Associated Press)

Andreas Martinsen broke a tie midway through the third period, Semyon Varlamov made 34 saves and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Saturday night.

Francois Beauchemin and Nick Holden also scored for Colorado in the first game of a three-game trip.

Miikka Salomaki and Craig Smith scored for Nashville. The Predators fell to 9-4-2 at home and 9-2-1 in its last 12 home games against Colorado.

Colorado seized a 2-0 lead in the first period, but Nashville rallied to tie the score at 2 on Smith's one-timer from the left point 58 seconds into the third. It was Smith's seventh goal of the season.

Martinsen's backhander during a scramble in front of the net gave the Avalanche a 3-2 lead with 10:24 left.