Nashville
Predators
41-32-9
Columbus
Blue Jackets
34-36-12

31 SOG
30 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
NSH
CBJ
game recap

Predators 4, Blue Jackets 1

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 2:13 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 4, Blue Jackets 1
Nashville Predators 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -Once the Nashville Predators realized there was more to the game than offense, their early-season slump quickly became a thing of the past.

J.P. Dumont had two goals and an assist, and the Predators sent the Columbus Blue Jackets to their fourth straight loss with a 4-1 win Monday night.

"We don't have as much (scoring) power as we did last year," Dumont said. "We're going to need 20 guys every night."

Nashville used its lock-down defensive approach to beat Columbus for the 10th consecutive time, and second in three days.

Martin Erat tallied twice - including an empty netter - and had two assists to record a career-high four points for Nashville, which has won seven of nine following a six-game losing streak. The Predators have earned a point in six straight games and eight of nine. Jason Arnott added two assists.

"We know we have to play hard for 60 minutes," Erat said. "Nothing is for free in this league. We paid the price for it and now we're just trying to move up in the standings."

David Vyborny scored the lone goal for Columbus. After an 8-3-2 start, the Blue Jackets have hit their first skid of the season - all losses against divisional opponents - and have only one win in six.

"Our execution today was very poor," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We struggled to make 10-foot passes. We had a lot of tired looking players out there. It's not an excuse, it's just a reality of where we're at."

With the Predators leading 2-1 in the third period, Blue Jackets defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen tripped near his blue line without being touched. Arnott fed Erat for a shot, and Dumont jammed home the easy rebound at 11:43.

"We had some good fortune when one of their defenseman fell down," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We were able to get some breathing room."

Chris Mason had 29 saves for Nashville. Pascal Leclaire stopped 27 shots for Columbus.

"Mason was really good," Trotz said. "I thought we made a couple of exceptional saves when the game was close."

Early in the first period, after Nashville worked the puck along the boards behind the Columbus net, Arnott zipped a centering pass from the right corner. Dumont got behind defenseman Adam Foote and tapped in his fifth goal at 6:39.

Columbus tied it just 15 seconds later. Sergei Fedorov pressured the puck loose from defenseman Dan Hamhuis deep in the Predators' zone. Vyborny scooped up the puck along the right boards, cut to the slot and beat Mason with a low shot through traffic. Vyborny, who led the team in scoring last season, netted his first goal in 32 games.

Erat made it 2-1 at 12:33 with a superb effort. Jetting across the ice toward the right wing, he settled a bouncing puck at the blue line, held off Rostislav Klesla with his left arm while shielding the puck, and stick-handled around Leclaire, who lunged with a poke check. He scored his third of the season into the vacated net.

"He just outskated everybody on the ice," Dumont said. "He was by far the best skater on the ice."

Notes: Columbus placed LW Fredrik Modin (back spasms) on the injured list, retroactive to Nov. 2. He has missed 10 of 17 games this season. ... Nashville's David Legwand - who leads the team in scoring - had his career-best, five-game point streak snapped. ... Blue Jackets C Michael Peca was scratched for the second consecutive game due to a sore groin. ... The Predators have won five straight in Columbus.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:39
NSH
J-P Dumont (5) Tip-in - ASST: Jason Arnott (9), Martin Erat (10)
1 - 0 NSH
06:54
CBJ
David Vyborny (1) Wrist shot - ASST: NONE
1 - 1 Tie
12:33
NSH
Martin Erat (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Vernon Fiddler (5)
2 - 1 NSH
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
11:43
NSH
J-P Dumont (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Martin Erat (11), Jason Arnott (10)
3 - 1 NSH
19:32
NSH
EN - Martin Erat (4) Wrist shot - ASST: J-P Dumont (6), Chris Mason (1)
4 - 1 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
09:09
NSH
Jason Arnott  Hooking against  Sergei Fedorov
19:49
CBJ
Jared Boll  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
19:49
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Jared Boll
2nd Period
07:11
NSH
Scott Nichol  Fighting (maj) against  Jared Boll
07:11
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
07:11
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jordin Tootoo
07:11
CBJ
Jared Boll  Interference against  Ville Koistinen
07:11
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting (maj) against  Scott Nichol
15:06
CBJ
Adam Foote  Roughing against  J-P Dumont
3rd Period
01:16
CBJ
Nikolay Zherdev  Too many men/ice - bench
goalie stats
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 30TOI: 60:00
Saves: 29EV: 25 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .967SH: 1 - 1
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 30TOI: 58:40
Saves: 27EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
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