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Nashville
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49-25-8
Columbus
Blue Jackets
35-43-4

22 SOG
39 SOG
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game recap

Predators 5, Blue Jackets 4

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 3:48 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 5, Blue Jackets 4
Nashville Predators 5, Columbus Blue Jackets 4

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Nashville Predators are winning even when they aren't at the top of their game.

Paul Kariya had assists on three of four first-period goals and Nashville hung on to beat Columbus 5-4 Friday night.

``It's a win and they're not always going to be perfect games,'' said goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who made 35 saves. ``They were better than us but we found a way to win.''

Nashville, which entered with the second-most points in the Western Conference, scored three power-play goals for its fifth straight win and eighth in 11 games.

Yanic Perreault and Scottie Upshall each had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who've scored a power-play goal in 18 of 19 games. Scott Hartnell, Vernon Fiddler and Adam Hall also scored. Steve Sullivan, who missed a penalty shot, added two assists.

``This is the kind of season Nashville is having this year, Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. ``They find a way to scratch out wins. We seem to find a way to lose this year. But we definitely had a chance to win.''

Jaroslav Balastik scored two power-play goals for Columbus, which has lost six in a row. Duvie Westcott added a goal and an assist for the Blue Jackets, losers of eight of 10 at home. Jason Chimera scored his first in 17 games and Adam Foote added two assists.

With Columbus trailing 5-3, Chimera scored on a short-handed breakaway at 14:03 but the Blue Jackets couldn't mount serious pressure afterward.

``Having come back like we did, I think it showed a lot of heart,'' said Columbus captain Foote, who missed four games with a sore groin. ``We played an open game. I think we had to after falling behind early.''

Nashville, which scored six goals in a period last Saturday to beat Columbus, jumped to a 4-2 lead in a wild opening period.

``I think guys are really working hard to get to the net,'' Hartnell said.

The teams scored four goals in three minutes after Hartnell netted his 12th on a power play at 4:24.

Balastik tied it 1-1 at 11:06 with a low one-timer from the right circle inside the near post. Upshall returned the favor 32 seconds later with a slap shot from the left circle on a feed from Kariya to give Nashville a 2-1 lead. Just 25 seconds after that, Westcott's slap shot from the right circle beat a screened Vokoun to tie it.

Fiddler responded for the Predators, knocking a rebound of Kariya's shot past Pascal Leclaire at 14:17.

Perreault made it 4-2 on the power play with his 11th goal, tipping in Kariya's centering pass from the right circle at 19:42.

``We scored early and we were very fortunate when they countered and tied the game up,'' Predators coach Barry Trotz said. ``We responded right away.''

Sullivan, who has 10 points in six games, had a chance to increase the Predators' lead midway through the second period after he was pulled down from behind by Ron Hainsey on a short-handed breakaway. But, Marc Denis, who took over for Leclaire to start the second period, stopped Sullivan's shot from the slot.

Hall didn't waste his chance, scoring on the power play from down low for his seventh at 15:07.

``We're working hard, and we're scoring by committee,'' Sullivan said.

Balastik scored again for his fifth goal of the season, jamming in a loose puck to make it 5-3 at 17:18. The play was reviewed because it looked as though he might have pushed the puck over the goal line with his hand.

Columbus, which entered with the NHL's worst power play, finished 2-for-10 with the man advantage.

``I thought the power play and the goaltending were key for us,'' Trotz said. ``Mentally, we weren't as focused as we should be.''

Notes: Columbus entered as the league's lowest-scoring team with 68 goals. Calgary was next-to-last with 84. ... The Blue Jackets haven't scored more than four goals in a game. ... Nashville entered with 47 points, two behind Western Conference-leading Detroit. ... The Predators are the only team not to lose a divisional game in regulation (9-0-1). Columbus beat them in overtime. ... Leclaire faced 11 shots in the first period. Denis made 10 saves over the final two periods.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:24
NSH
PPG - Scott Hartnell (12) ASST: Kimmo Timonen (22), Steve Sullivan (16)
1 - 0 NSH
11:06
CBJ
PPG - Jaroslav Balastik (4) ASST: Jan Hrdina (8), Duvie Westcott (9)
1 - 1 Tie
11:38
NSH
Scottie Upshall (3) ASST: Paul Kariya (19), Yanic Perreault (11)
2 - 1 NSH
12:03
CBJ
Duvie Westcott (4) ASST: Geoff Platt (4), Dan Fritsche (2)
2 - 2 Tie
14:17
NSH
Vernon Fiddler (4) ASST: Paul Kariya (20), Scottie Upshall (7)
3 - 2 NSH
19:42
NSH
PPG - Yanic Perreault (11) ASST: Paul Kariya (21), Steve Sullivan (17)
4 - 2 NSH
2nd Period
15:07
NSH
PPG - Adam Hall (7) ASST: Martin Erat (10), Marek Zidlicky (17)
5 - 2 NSH
17:18
CBJ
PPG - Jaroslav Balastik (5) ASST: Adam Foote (3), Aaron Johnson (1)
5 - 3 NSH
3rd Period
14:03
CBJ
SHG - Jason Chimera (5) ASST: Adam Foote (4), Mike Rupp (1)
5 - 4 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
03:01
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Hooking
05:27
CBJ
Aaron Johnson  Hooking
07:50
NSH
Jamie Allison  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:35
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Hooking against  Rick Nash
15:26
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Cross checking against  Geoff Platt
18:21
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Interference against  Darcy Hordichuk
2nd Period
01:21
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Hooking against  Nikolay Zherdev
04:57
CBJ
Adam Foote  Interference against  Jordin Tootoo
09:16
NSH
Martin Erat  Holding against  Aaron Johnson
11:56
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Interference
14:18
CBJ
Dan Fritsche  Holding against  Paul Kariya
16:51
NSH
Scottie Upshall  Elbowing
3rd Period
01:34
NSH
Vernon Fiddler  Holding against  Nikolay Zherdev
03:52
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Holding against  Nikolay Zherdev
08:44
CBJ
Sergei Fedorov  Hooking
10:12
NSH
Martin Erat  Tripping against  Dan Fritsche
12:23
CBJ
Rick Nash  Slashing against  Martin Erat
15:46
CBJ
Adam Foote  Roughing against  Jerred Smithson
15:46
CBJ
Mike Rupp  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
15:46
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Roughing against  Adam Foote
15:46
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Mike Rupp
goalie stats
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 39TOI: 59:53
Saves: 35EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 13
SV%: .897SH: 3 - 4
Marc Denis
Marc Denis
SA: 11TOI: 38:46
Saves: 10EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 2
SV%: .909SH: 1 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 7EV: 4 - 6
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 0

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