Predators 4, Blue Jackets 3, SO

Steve Sullivan scored the winning goal in the fifth round of the

shootout to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the

Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

The Predators have defeated Columbus 13 consecutive times at

home. The Blue Jackets haven’t won in Nashville since April 3,


Sullivan beat goalie Mathieu Garon with a wrist shot under the

goalie’s pad for the winner. Garon had won an NHL-record 13

consecutive shootouts.

Dave Scatchard, who had missed five games because of an upper

body injury, gave the Predators a 1-0 at 11:03 of the first period.

Martin Erat and Jason Arnott scored in the second period for


Blue Jackets defenseman Kris Russell and Raffi Torres also

scored in the second, and Rick Nash tied it in the third for


On the first goal, from the left point Nashville defenseman

Kevin Klein sent a pass toward Scatchard, who was standing just to

the right of the Columbus net. He redirected the puck past Garon 4

seconds after a penalty to Columbus’ Derek Dorsett expired.

Columbus tied it at 2:58 of the second on Russell’s goal.

Nash sent a pass from below the goal line that Nashville’s David

Legwand was unable to handle in the low slot. Russell controlled

the puck and beat goalie Pekka Rinne on the glove side.

Erat’s goal at 4:44 of the second gave the Predators a 2-1


Ryan Suter intercepted a clearing attempt by Columbus defenseman

Mike Commodore in the left circle. Suter found Erat in the low

slot, and his first shot was stopped by Garon. Erat got to the

rebound and lifted a backhander over the fallen goalie.

Torres tied it 2-2 at 11:20 of the second with a power-play


With 1 second remaining in Joel Ward’s hooking penalty, Torres

grabbed the rebound of Russell’s shot from the left point and from

below the goal line banked the puck in off of Rinne’s right


Arnott gave the Predators a 3-2 lead with 27.2 seconds remaining

in the second with his team-leading 11th goal.

Nash converted on a breakaway at 4:18 of the third to tie it


Suter had two assists for Nashville, and Kristian Huselius added

two for Columbus.

NOTES: Nine of Erat’s 10 goals this season have been scored at

home. … The Predators have allowed at least one power-play goal

in five of their last six games. … After breaking a 63-game

goal-less stretch, Russell has scored three times in six games. …

Columbus has not allowed a power-play goal in four games.