Matt Duchene was expecting to hear a whistle. The Avalanche center knew he was offside. The puck was behind him when he crossed the Nashville Predators' blue line. His breakaway bid was going to be waved off.

Duchene drove to the net anyway, didn't hear a whistle to stop play, and ripped a wrist shot inside the near post to beat goalie Chris Mason.

Good goal, bad call.

The nonreversible blunder counted and served as one of a handful of strange bounces in the Avs' wild 6-5 victory over the stunned Predators, who entered with the lowest goals-against average (1.67) in the NHL and had beaten Colorado in nine consecutive games.

Duchene, the No. 1 star of the Presidents Day matinee at the Pepsi Center, added two assists for his second consecutive three-point game, and newcomer Aaron Palushaj produced a goal and two assists in his fourth game with the Avs.