Donskoi scores 3 goals as Avalanche beat Predators 9-4

Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi, front, drives down the ice with the puck with left wing Andre Burakovsky, back left, and Nashville Preda...

Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi, front, drives down the ice with the puck with left wing Andre Burakovsky, back left, and Nashville Preda...

Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi, front, celebrates his hat trick as skaters pick up caps tossed onto the ice late in the third period of ...

Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi, front, celebrates his hat trick as skaters pick up caps tossed onto the ice late in the third period of ...

Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky, second from left, celebrates hia goal with, from left, centers T.J. Tynan and Vladislav Kamenev and def...

Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky, second from left, celebrates hia goal with, from left, centers T.J. Tynan and Vladislav Kamenev and def...

Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky, front, joins Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, center, in congratulating goaltender Pavel Fra...

Colorado Avalanche left wing Andre Burakovsky, front, joins Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, center, in congratulating goaltender Pavel Fra...

Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin, left, tries to keep the puck from Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi during the third period o...

Colorado Avalanche right wing Valeri Nichushkin, left, tries to keep the puck from Nashville Predators center Rocco Grimaldi during the third period o...

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne pauses after giving up a goal to Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar during the first period of an NHL...

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne pauses after giving up a goal to Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar during the first period of an NHL...

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz makes a stick save against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday...

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Pavel Francouz makes a stick save against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday...

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons, back, and Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto pursue the puck along the boards during the first period ...

Nashville Predators center Colton Sissons, back, and Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Nieto pursue the puck along the boards during the first period ...

DENVER (AP) — Joonas Donskoi scored his first career hat trick and the Colorado Avalanche used a six-goal second period to beat the Nashville Predators 9-4 on Thursday night.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists before sitting out the third with an upper-body injury. Cale Makar and Ryan Graves each added a goal and two assists for the Avalanche, who snapped an eight-game home losing streak to Nashville dating back to Jan. 8, 2016.

Nashville led 3-2 after Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene scored in the first 4:55 of the second period but Colorado took over with six goals in eight minutes. Donskoi and Graves scored 20 seconds apart and Andre Burakovsky got another 1:11 later to make it 5-3 and chase Predators goalie Pekka Rinne.

Rinne, who came into the game with a 2.31 goals-against average versus Colorado, gave up five goals on 22 shots.

Juuse Saros came on and allowed a short-handed goal to Matt Nieto 50 seconds later. Matt Calvert scored at 10:01 and Donskoi's second of the night at 13:26 made it 8-3.

Craig Smith scored in the third period for Nashville, and Donskoi completed the hat trick with his eighth goal of the season at 17:53.

Pavel Francouz made 20 saves for the win in place of Philipp Grubauer. Colorado coach Jared Bednar said Grubauer will miss two games with a lower-body injury.

Makar scored his second of the season 50 seconds into the game. Ryan Ellis tied it midway through the first and MacKinnon got his ninth during a 5-on-3 power play late in the first.

NOTES: Saros finished with 19 saves. ... Colorado D Nikita Zadorov sat out the third period with an upper-body injury. ... Rinne is 25-10-2 against the Avalanche. ... The Avalanche recalled goalie Adam Werner from Colorado of the AHL. Werner, the team's fifth-round draft pick in 2016, was 5-4 with a 2.88 goals-against average in nine games with the Eagles. The Avalanche also recalled C T.J. Tynan from the AHL.

UP NEXT

Predators: Play at San Jose on Saturday.

Avalanche: Host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

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