Jackets Drop A 7-2 Decision At Nashville
Letowski scores shorthanded, Berard on the powerplay
The Blue Jackets took a 1-0 lead 8:46 in on Trevor Letowski's short-handed goal but the Predators dominated the rest of the way.
Nashville tied it just 1:28 later when Greg Johnson's shot deflected in off Hartnell's right skate. Kariya gave the Predators a 2-1 lead with 31 seconds left in the first period. His backhander beat goaltender Pascal Leclaire to his glove side.
Yanic Perreault made it 3-1 at 1:29 of the second period as he skated across the crease and tipped a shot attempt from Marek Zidlicky past Leclaire.
Letowski had a chance to trim the Predators' lead on a penalty shot 28 seconds into the third period, but he was denied by Tomas Vokoun.
Nashville capitalized on a pair of power-play opportunities in the third period with Zidlicky scoring from the top edge of the left circle at 5:07 and Hartnell tipping in a shot attempt by Kimmo Timonen at 6:38.
The teams combined for three goals in 22 seconds.
Bryan Berard scored a power-play goal for Columbus, two days after it was revealed he failed a drug test in November for a banned steroid and was suspended from international competition for two years.
Nashville answered with two goals. Kariya scored with a high shot 14 seconds after Berard's goal, and Darcy Hordichuk scored 8 seconds later as he slide face down on the ice at 13:35.