Columbus
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34-36-12
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41-32-9

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31 SOG
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Predators 4, Blue Jackets 2

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 4, Blue Jackets 2
Columbus Blue Jackets 2, Nashville Predators 4

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Nashville Predators don't have the big guns they had last season, but they do have one of the hottest lines in the NHL.

J.P. Dumont extended the longest current points streak in the NHL to 16 games with two assists and the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Thursday night.

His linemates Alexander Radulov and Jason Arnott were the recipients of those assists, each scoring a goal. Radulov has at least one goal in each of his last five games. Arnott has points in his last eight games.

"We know that is our role," Dumont said. "It is good pressure. That is the pressure that you want as a hockey player. You want to be the go-to guy.

"You want to be on the ice when we need a goal. That's what we are doing now. It is something that comes with experience. We are the guys that have to do it."

Also scoring for Nashville were Vernon Fiddler and Scott Nichol.

Dumont finished the month of January with 20 points. Only Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin had a better month, with 23 points.

"When I signed here two years ago I knew I was going to have an offensive role," Dumont said. "Every line is scoring some big goals. But the prime lines are going to be the first two lines. They have to score goals."

Nikolai Zherdev and Dan Fritsche scored for Columbus.

Radulov wasted little time putting the Predators on the board. Moving forward midway through the slot, he blasted a one-timer between the leg pads of goaltender Pascal Leclaire 26 seconds after the opening face-off.

"I thought we came out strong," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "It was a great way to start the game with a goal on our first shift. It helped give us momentum. I thought that carrying the first period was very beneficial to us."

Arnott scored at 11:48 on the power play as Dumont found him in the middle of the slot. Arnott's one-timer went past Leclaire low to his glove side.

Arnott left the game in the second period with a leg injury. Trotz called he decision to take Arnott out of the game a precautionary move. He is expected to be back for Saturday's game against Phoenix.

The Blue Jackets struck back quickly in the second. Zherdev skated around the back of the net and fired a shot across the crease that bounced off goaltender Chris Mason and into the net on the power play 34 seconds into the period.

At the 8:59 mark of the second, Darcy Hordichuk passed the puck to Fiddler as he skated past the Blue Jackets defense. Fiddler's one-timer from the left circle found the right side of the net, beating Leclaire wide and low to his glove side.

Fritsche cut the lead to one, beating Mason with a shot between his leg pads at 11:09.

The Predators built a 4-2 lead at 13:58 when Scott Nichol fought through the crowd and backhanded a shot from the edge of the crease. The puck went into the right side of the net as Leclaire tried to stop it with an outstretched leg.

The Predators outshot Columbus 33-31. Mason enjoyed the early scoring cushion.

"When you score that quick there really isn't any time to relax," Mason said. "Columbus has a lot of guys who can put the puck in the net.

"But it is a good feeling when you get on the board first. You could tell that we were buzzing around and playing pretty well. We stayed disciplined most of the game."

 

A lack of discipline by the Blue Jackets was one of the concerns for coach Ken Hitchcock, who pointed to his team's nine penalties. It was the second straight loss for the Blue Jackets in Nashville.

"We took too many penalties," Hitchcock said. "We haven't played well enough to win. It's always the first period. You can't dig yourself a hole like we did."

At the start of the third period Hitchcock pulled Leclaire for Fredrik Norrena, who turned back all eight shots he faced.

"It was 4-2 and we were looking for a boost," Hitchcock said. "Leclaire wasn't playing poorly."

The Predators moved into a tie with Vancouver for eighth place in the Western Conference standings.

"Our players are aware of the standings, but we don't dwell on it," Trotz said. "We have to focus on the next game."

Notes: The Predators have a power play goal in each of their last five home games. ... Sergei Federov missed his sixth game for Columbus because of a concussion. ... Adam Foote was back for Columbus after missing Tuesday's game with the flu. ... Hordichuk earned his first assist of the season.

scoring summary
1st Period
00:26
NSH
Alexander Radulov (19) ASST: J-P Dumont (26), Dan Hamhuis (16)
1 - 0 NSH
11:48
NSH
PPG - Jason Arnott (18) ASST: J-P Dumont (27), Martin Erat (23)
2 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
00:34
CBJ
PPG - Nikolay Zherdev (21) ASST: Michael Peca (17)
2 - 1 NSH
08:59
NSH
Vernon Fiddler (7) ASST: Darcy Hordichuk (1), Dan Hamhuis (17)
3 - 1 NSH
11:09
CBJ
Dan Fritsche (8) ASST: Manny Malhotra (10), Rostislav Klesla (8)
3 - 2 NSH
13:58
NSH
Scott Nichol (6) ASST: Jerred Smithson (8)
4 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
01:20
NSH
Ryan Suter  Hooking against  Manny Malhotra
06:32
CBJ
Jared Boll  Holding against  Dan Hamhuis
10:30
CBJ
Gilbert Brule  Hooking against  Radek Bonk
13:51
CBJ
Adam Foote  Interference against  Darcy Hordichuk
13:51
CBJ
Adam Foote  Unsportsmanlike conduct
19:22
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Interference against  Michael Peca
2nd Period
04:36
CBJ
Jiri Novotny  Boarding against  Jerred Smithson
11:30
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Holding against  J-P Dumont
15:26
CBJ
Adam Foote  Holding against  Alexander Radulov
3rd Period
04:16
NSH
David Legwand  Holding against  Gilbert Brule
11:51
NSH
Darcy Hordichuk  Fighting against  Jared Boll
11:51
CBJ
Jared Boll  Fighting against  Darcy Hordichuk
12:44
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Marek Zidlicky
12:44
NSH
Marek Zidlicky  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
goalie stats
Fredrik Norrena
SA: 8TOI: 18:50
Saves: 8EV: 8 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 23TOI: 40:00
Saves: 19EV: 6 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 13 - 14
SV%: .826SH: 0 - 0
Chris Mason
Chris Mason
SA: 33TOI: 59:48
Saves: 31EV: 28 - 29
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0
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