Jackets Win Sixth Straight

Monday, 04.03.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
Columbus Blue Jackets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets might have what it takes to be an NHL playoff team. They just found out too late to help them this season.

While reduced to playing out the string, working for contracts and pride, the Blue Jackets stretched their winning streak to a franchise-record six games with a 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators on Monday night.

Nashville, which will be in the playoffs, joins Dallas and Detroit as postseason-bound teams that have fallen to the Blue Jackets in this run. Columbus also knocked off playoff hopeful San Jose and also-rans Chicago and St. Louis.

"It means a lot to win six games in a row," Blue Jackets forward Jason Chimera said. "We can compete with the best teams in the league. I think we are a playoff hockey team. We proved over the last six games that we can play with anybody."

Manny Malhotra, Chimera and Mark Hartigan each scored for Columbus. The Predators started No. 2 goaltender Chris Mason instead of Tomas Vokoun, who is expected to be out for at least two games with a sore back.

Pascal Leclaire made 36 saves for the Blue Jackets, which lost three previous games this season in Nashville.

"Coming in here and winning the sixth game is tough," Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. "We have had a bad record here this season."

The Predators, however, lost for the fifth time in six games. Playing without Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky, two of the key elements of their power play, the Predators scored on one of 10 chances. They had two 5-on-3 advantages in the second period when they went scoreless on five power plays.

"Not having Sullivan and Zidlicky in the lineup affects your power play," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "We had lots of chances in the second period, but we didn't capitalize."

Nashville jumped out to a 1-0 lead a little over one minute in during a power play. Yanic Perreault passed the puck from the right circle to Dan Hamhuis, who was skating in from the left side.

The Predators gave up a short-handed goal that got the Blue Jackets even. Malhotra beat Mason to his stick side from close range at 10:07.

Columbus struck again 5 minutes later. Aaron Johnson fired a one-timer from along the left wall just inside the blue line. Chimera was stationed near the crease and flipped the deflection over Mason's shoulder.

The Blue Jackets then scored 6:38 into the third period when Hartigan corralled a loose puck in the slot and sent a wrist shot past Mason.

"I give full credit to Columbus," Trotz said. "They were very resilient. They had a hot goaltender. They capitalized on their chances."

The Blue Jackets lost David Vyborny at the 10:05 mark of the first period after colliding with Brendan Witt. According to Gallant, Vyborny injured his knee in the play at center ice.

"I think they (NHL) are going to look at it," Gallant said. "I think he is going to be out for a while."

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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