Saturday, November 19, 2011

Preds' streak snapped; Blue Jackets get rare win at Bridgestone Arena

The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Nashville Predators by a score of 4-3 in overtime on Saturday night at Bridgestone Arena. It was the first time that the Blue Jackets had escaped the city of Nashville with a win since 2006.

The distaste between these two teams was evident from the beginning of the game. Jordin Tootoo and Derek Dorsett dropped the gloves and fought three seconds into the game. Brian McGrattan squared off with Jared Boll 59 seconds later.

"It was two tough teams who wanted to be physical tonight. It wasn't too big of a surpise that guys got in two fights right at the very beginning," said Predators forward Colin Wilson.

Nashville got on the board first in the first period when Colin Wilson scored on the power play at 18:29 of the period. Craig Smith and David Legwand assisted on the play.

"Smith fed Legwand at the point and he let his shot go. He broke his stick but (Hornqvist) battled in front and I just pulled it out and put it in the net," Wilson said.

Columbus would tie the game at 3:29 of the second period when Jeff Carter wristed one past Pekka Rinne from the slot. Rick Nash made a terrific drop pass at the blue line, and provided an opening for Carter to shoot.

The Predators would respond on the power play at 10:27 of the second period when Mike Fisher scored on the rebound of a shot by Shea Weber. He was able to sneak the puck past Curtis Sanford of the Blue Jackets to give the Predators the lead.

The Blue Jackets would get a power play goal of their own less than two minutes later when Vinny Prospal scored a beautiful goal in front of the net. He was able to lift the puck past Rinne while falling to the ice. The second period ended with the score tied at two.

Columbus capitalized on a Ryan Suter penalty when R.J. Umberger scored on the back door. Umberger planted himself in the crease and the puck came to him while Rinne was out of the net. Umberger had a wide open net to shoot for, and put the Blue Jackets up 3-2.

Nashville would tie the game at 14:24 of the third period when Nick Spaling was able to put home the rebound after another booming shot from Weber. The game would remain tied throughout the remainder of the third period.

In the overtime period, Columbus got the game-winning goal when James Wisnewski fired a blistering shot from the point off of the faceoff. It looked like Rinne was screened in front by his own defensemen.

By collecting a point in the overtime loss, the Predators have now gathered at least one point in nine of the past 10 games.

"We're not going to be satisfied with the one point, but I think it's still something we can build on moving forward. I think you're not going to get too down on yourself if you don't get two of them, but at the same time you're not going to be complacent just because you've gotten points in nine of the last 10 games," Wilson said.

With the overtime loss, Nashville is now 2-0-2 in the first four games of a five game homestand. The young and talented Edmonton Oilers visit Bridgestone Arena on Tuesday night for the first time this season. The Predators will be looking to end the homestand on a positive note.

"It's going to be big. We always want to win in front of our fans whether it's Edmonton at the end of our homestand or not. We just want to win in front of our fans," Wilson said.

Hockey Night in Nashville's 3 Stars of the game:
1. James Wisnewski(CBJ)
2. Rick Nash(CBJ)
3. Shea Weber(NSH)

3 Stars by Nashville Media:
1. James Wisnewski(CBJ)
2. Nick Spaling(NSH)
3. Shea Weber(NSH)


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