DENVER -- The Nashville Predators had chances against the Colorado Avalanche but came up empty. It left them a little disappointed but not unhappy with their effort.
"We played very well. We had a lot of chances and the first star was their goalie," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said.
Semyon Varlamov had everything to do with the Predators leaving Denver a point short of their goal. The netminder stopped 34 shots in regulation and was rewarded when Tyson Barrie scored 50 seconds into overtime to give Colorado a 1-0 win over Nashville on Saturday.
It was Varlamov's third shutout of the season and the 11th of his career.
"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."
Barrie scored when he came down the right side and knocked in Greg Zanon's rebound past Pekka Rinna. It was Barrie's second goal of the season and ended a four-game skid for the Avalanche.
"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 think I made it a little harder than it was and put it in off his pad."
It was just the third goal by an Avalanche defenseman this season.
"Obviously we've been struggling to score goals from the back end, myself included, but it was definitely nice to get that one," Barrie said. "Any time we can get an OT winner it feels pretty good."
Rinna had 23 saves for Nashville, which has dropped two straight.
"Peks made some key saves for us," Nashville forward Brandon Yip said. "He made the initial save in overtime; we've got to find a way to get the rebound."
Rinne didn't get much work early. The Avalanche had only 12 shots through the first two periods. Nashville's six power plays was one reason for the lack of offense for a team that had averaged 33 shots in its previous 13 games.
Nashville didn't capitalize on any of its power plays, including 33 seconds of a 5-on-3 late in the first period.
Once again, Varlamov had something to do with it. The young goaltender was sharp, keeping his team in the game.
"We had a lot of chances on the power play and we weren't able to convert," Trotz said. "It was Varlamov. Most night one of those will go in."
The Predators are still fighting for a postseason berth heading into the last month of the shortened regular season. They came into Saturday having won three of their last four to move within two points of St. Louis for the last playoff seed.
"We're in a tight battle right now. There's not too many games left and we need every point we can get," Yip said.
It was a much different game than the teams played last month. The Avalanche won that one, 6-5, when they were hovering near .500. They were sitting at 10-10-4 on March 10 but have struggled since.
They ended the Chicago Blackhawks' record run to start the season on March 8 and followed that with a win over the San Jose Sharks, but went on a downward skid. They lost eight of their next nine to fall to last in the Western Conference.
"It's been a tough stretch here this last little while, but not too many times did we talk about or have complaints about effort or work," Colorado coach Joe Sacco said. "This afternoon we got rewarded."
Notes: Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk sustained a shoulder injury in the first period and did not return. ... Nashville center Mike Fisher was scratched because of an upper-body injury suffered in Thursday's loss to Phoenix. He is considered day-to-day. ... The Predators recalled forward Craig Smith from Milwaukee of the AHL, where he was on a conditioning assignment. They also activated forward Paul Gaustad from injured reserve and placed defenseman Scott Hannan on injured reserve. ... Colorado center Paul Stastny was out because of a foot injury. He missed the previous two games and is expected to be out 10 days. ... Colorado forward David Jones was scratched for the fourth straight game because of a knee injury.