Nathan MacKinnon scored twice, Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves and the streaking Colorado Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Tyson Jost had the other goal for the Avalanche, who have won five straight. Colorado also ended an 11-game losing streak to Nashville in the regular season.

Ryan Hartman and Kevin Fiala scored for the Predators.

Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon, right, celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

With the game tied early in the third period and Colorado on a power play, J.T. Compher slid a pass to Jost in the left circle. He sent a wrist shot through traffic that slipped by Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

Hartman scored the game’s first goal at 11:07 of the opening period. He sent a wrist shot from the left point toward the Colorado net that went off the skate of Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard’s right skate and by a surprised Varlamov.

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22), of Switzerland, scores a goal between Colorado Avalanche center Colin Wilson (22) and goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22), of Switzerland, scores a goal between Colorado Avalanche center Colin Wilson (22) and goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

MacKinnon tied it 2:03 later with a power-play goal.

Mikko Rantanen sent a cross-ice pass to MacKinnon in the left circle, where he beat Rinne with a wrist shot underneath the left leg pad.

Rinne finished with 22 saves.

Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, blocks a shot by Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Calvert (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, blocks a shot by Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Calvert (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Rantanen and MacKinnon combined again at 6:22 of the second to give Colorado a 2-1 lead.

In the high slot, Rantanen found MacKinnon on the right side, and he skated to the lower part of the circle and beat Rinne with a wrist shot low to the far side.

Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22), of Switzerland, slides in front of Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, after attempting a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Defending is Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49). (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Nashville Predators left wing Kevin Fiala (22), of Switzerland, slides in front of Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, after attempting a shot during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. Defending is Avalanche defenseman Samuel Girard (49). (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Colorado is 11 for 22 on the power play in its last six games.

Girard, playing against his former team, picked up the secondary assist on both of MacKinnon’s goals.

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, deflects a shot as Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) looks for the rebound during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov (1), of Russia, deflects a shot as Nashville Predators center Nick Bonino (13) looks for the rebound during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Fiala tied the game 2-all at 9:06 of the second.

From above the left circle, Filip Forsberg sent a pass to Fiala skating through the slot, and he was able to redirect the puck by Varlamov on the glove side just underneath the crossbar.

NOTES: Nashville fell to 13-1-0 when scoring first. … After not allowing a power-play goal in five consecutive games, the Predators have given up three in their last two games. … Colorado has won five consecutive road games. … MacKinnon has points in five straight games (five goals, six assists).

Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Avalanche won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Colorado Avalanche center Tyson Jost (17) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Nashville Predators during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. The Avalanche won 3-2. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

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Avalanche: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, moves the puck in front of Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) and defenseman Samuel Girard (49) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, moves the puck in front of Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (29) and defenseman Samuel Girard (49) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)

Predators: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday.

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Source: The Associated Press

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