Columbus
Blue Jackets
25-45-8-4
Nashville
Predators
38-29-11-4
OT
32 SOG
37 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTT
CBJ
NSH
game recap

Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Nashville Predators 2 FINAL OT

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Nashville Predators 2 FINAL OT
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Nashville Predators 2

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Columbus is determined to play the role of spoiler, and the Blue Jackets certainly did their best to hurt the Nashville Predators' push for their first-ever playoff berth.

Tyler Wright scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Blue Jackets beat Nashville 3-2 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

The Predators, in their sixth NHL season, extended their home winless skid to five straight and missed an opportunity to move into sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference. Nashville blew a 2-0 lead and has not won at home since beating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Feb. 28.

Nashville has 85 points and is tied with St. Louis, a 4-3 overtime winner over Chicago, and idle Edmonton. St. Louis has 36 victories, Nashville 35, and Edmonton 34.

``We're in the thick of things now,'' Nashville forward Steve Sullivan said. ``We've taken in a cushion we've had the last eight, 10 games, and it's totally gone now.''

Nikolai Zherdev forced overtime with his power-play goal at 14:05 of the third, and Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 40th goal this season and had an assist in helping Columbus win for only the seventh time away from home.

``Every night is a playoff game for those guys, and we want to come in and we show a lot of pride,'' Columbus coach Gerard Gallant said. ``We said we don't want to give anybody free points, and Nashville deserves them and they want to make the playoffs. It was a big game for us.''

Andreas Johansson had a goal and an assist for Nashville, and rookie Dan Hamhuis had a goal.

Nashville had every chance to beat Columbus for the fifth time in the season series finale, but the Predators went 0-for-7 on the power play. Coach Barry Trotz said they tried to be too fancy and spent too much time passing the puck.

``I mean, shoot the thing,'' Trotz said.

Columbus had all the energy in overtime, outshooting Nashville 3-1 including a breakaway by Zherdev that Tomas Vokoun stopped with his right pad. Vokoun stopped Trevor Letowski's shot, but Letowski got the rebound and found Wright skating up the slot for the goal.

``I saw Trevor after he got his rebound. He looked at me, and I knew he saw me, and I just tried to get it away as quick as I could. It was a great pass by him,'' he said.

Zherdev tied it with his 12th this season, and Columbus goalie Marc Denis should have gotten an assist.

Denis skated out to the left circle to knock the puck away from Sullivan on a short-handed breakaway. Sullivan tried to pass to a teammate, but the Blue Jackets intercepted. Nash fed the puck to Zherdev for the tying goal.

Still, Nashville had two more power plays to try to pull out the victory but couldn't get past Denis, who stopped 35 shots.

Hamhuis, a healthy scratch in Thursday night's 4-2 victory over the Rangers, put Nashville up 1-0 with his seventh goal midway through the second. He scored on a one-timer under Denis' right leg after Johansson found him with a cross-ice pass at the front edge of the left circle.

Johansson gave Nashville a 2-0 lead at 15:51 of the period when he scored his 12th by putting back a rebound of Scott Walker's shot from in front of the crease.

But Nash made it 2-1 as he scored from the slot off a pass from Andrew Cassels at 18:44 of the second. He became the first teenager with 40 goals in a season since Jimmy Carson had 55 goals in 1987-88.

scoring summary
1st Period
NONE
2nd Period
10:26
NSH
Dan Hamhuis (7) Slapshot - ASST: Andreas Johansson (15), Martin Erat (31)
1 - 0 NSH
15:51
NSH
Andreas Johansson (12) Slapshot - ASST: Scott Walker (40), Steve Sullivan (48)
2 - 0 NSH
18:44
CBJ
Rick Nash (40) Snap shot - ASST: Andrew Cassels (19), Duvie Westcott (7)
2 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
14:05
CBJ
PPG - Nikolay Zherdev (12) Wrist shot - ASST: Alexander Svitov (9), Rick Nash (15)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
02:03
CBJ
Tyler Wright (9) Snap shot - ASST: Trevor Letowski (15), Jaroslav Spacek (16)
3 - 2 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
08:02
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Slashing
11:42
CBJ
David Ling  Too many men/ice - bench
19:56
CBJ
Tyler Wright  Roughing
19:56
NSH
David Legwand  Roughing
2nd Period
01:53
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Hooking - Obstruction
05:10
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Hooking - Obstruction
05:54
CBJ
Anders Eriksson  Tripping
08:20
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj)
08:20
CBJ
David Ling  Misconduct (10 min)
08:20
CBJ
David Ling  Fighting (maj)
08:20
CBJ
David Ling  Instigator
10:49
NSH
Vladimir Orszagh  Interference on goalkeeper
16:14
CBJ
Alexander Svitov  Roughing
20:00
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Holding
3rd Period
02:38
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Interference on goalkeeper
13:01
NSH
Martin Erat  Interference
14:46
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Cross checking
OT Period
NONE
goalie stats
Marc Denis
SA: 37TOI: 62:03
Saves: 35EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .946SH: 4 - 4
Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun
SA: 32TOI: 62:02
Saves: 29EV: 24 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .906SH: 1 - 1
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