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49-25-8

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Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 3, Predators 1
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Nashville Predators 1

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 Detroit as postseason-bound teams that have fallen to the Blue Jackets in this run. Columbus also knocked off playoff hopefuls San Jose and Calgary 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."

Notes: Columbus has scored nine short-handed goals this season, six against Nashville. ... Columbus had scored a power-play goal in three straight games. ... Hartigan has three goals in two games. ... Nashville LW Darcy Hordichuk returned after a three-game suspension. ... Nashville's Scott Walker played in his 600th NHL game. ... Paul Kariya assisted on Nashville's first goal, giving him at least one point in eight of nine games.

scoring summary
1st Period
01:09
NSH
PPG - Dan Hamhuis (5) ASST: Yanic Perreault (31), Paul Kariya (49)
1 - 0 NSH
10:07
CBJ
SHG - Manny Malhotra (8) ASST: Trevor Letowski (14), Adam Foote (13)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
15:03
CBJ
Jason Chimera (17) ASST: Aaron Johnson (5)
2 - 1 CBJ
3rd Period
06:38
CBJ
Mark Hartigan (5) ASST: NONE
3 - 1 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
00:52
CBJ
Rick Nash  Hooking
02:21
NSH
Adam Hall  Holding
06:52
CBJ
David Vyborny  Tripping against  Kimmo Timonen
08:06
NSH
Kimmo Timonen  Holding
09:54
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Abuse of officials - bench
12:17
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Hooking
16:57
NSH
Danny Markov  Hooking
2nd Period
01:33
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Holding the stick against  Scott Hartnell
05:32
CBJ
Jan Hrdina  Interference against  Greg Johnson
10:00
CBJ
Jody Shelley  Roughing
11:21
CBJ
Duvie Westcott  Cross checking against  David Legwand
12:44
CBJ
Adam Foote  Tripping against  Paul Kariya
19:24
NSH
Scott Hartnell  Tripping
3rd Period
07:54
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Tripping against  Manny Malhotra
09:01
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Hooking against  Rick Nash
12:31
NSH
Brendan Witt  Interference against  Jan Hrdina
13:06
CBJ
Aaron Johnson  Hooking against  Danny Markov
19:16
NSH
David Legwand  Hooking
goalie stats
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 37TOI: 59:36
Saves: 36EV: 24 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 11 - 12
SV%: .973SH: 1 - 1
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 28TOI: 57:55
Saves: 25EV: 15 - 17
PIM: 0PP: 9 - 9
SV%: .893SH: 1 - 2
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