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
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.