Nashville
Predators
40-34-8
Columbus
Blue Jackets
41-31-10

30 SOG
28 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
NSH
CBJ
game recap

Blue Jackets 5, Predators 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

Associated Press

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Blue Jackets 5, Predators 3
Nashville Predators 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 5

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -The Columbus Blue Jackets have had a world of trouble beating the Nashville Predators the past two years. 

Some fresh faces - and some help from the Predators - finally got them over the hump.

Rick Nash scored twice and rookies Nikita Filatov and Jake Voracek added the fastest goals in franchise history in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

"It was wildly exciting," coach Ken Hitchcock said after his team almost wasted a 4-0 lead. "A few more like this and they're going to put us in the loony bin."

The victory ended Nashville's string of 16 consecutive games with a point against Columbus (15-0-1). It was the longest active streak in an NHL regular-season series.

"To be honest, I really don't care. As far as I'm concerned I'm 1-0 as a Blue Jacket against Nashville," offseason free-agent signee Mike Commodore said. "I know a lot of past times were tough and they obviously dominated the series and that counts for something; good for them. But as far as I'm concerned ... I really don't care."

Filatov - an 18-year-old playing in his first career NHL game - and Voracek scored 8 seconds apart in the opening period as the Blue Jackets took a 3-0 lead. Nash had opened the scoring, then added his second goal in the opening minute of the second period to push the lead to 4-0.

Blue Jackets goalie Pascal Leclaire stopped a hard shot with the palm side of his blocker with just over 5 minutes left, then left the ice in pain while holding out his bare right hand. The club said he didn't break any bones, just bruised a thumb. He will not play when the teams meet again Saturday night in Nashville.

The Predators made things interesting by scoring twice in 11 seconds midway through the second period on goals by Greg de Vries and Scott Nichol, before J.P. Dumont scored early in the third period to narrow the gap to a goal.

But Jason Chimera jammed in a shot during a scrum midway through the final period.

"It's nice anytime you get a win against those guys," he said. "No matter how you look at it, you can say it doesn't bother you but it's always in the back of your mind. The media brings it up all the time, so it helps you remember it."

The Predators were playing their fourth road game in five starts, while Columbus played its home opener after starting with a three-game Western road trip.

After Nash opened the scoring, Fredrik Modin set up Filatov's first NHL goal by carrying the puck behind the net while dogged by a defender, then sliding a centering pass that Filatov buried with a one-timer from the slot. He celebrated with a fist pump while gliding to the short boards on one knee.

"I don't know how many - 18,000, 19,000 here - and in Russia it's never like this," Filatov said. "I was really excited and maybe a little bit nervous before the game. After warmup, I was OK."

Before that goal could be announced, Voracek netted his second of the season when he chipped in a centering pass from yet another Columbus rookie, Derick Brassard, past goalie Pekka Rinne.

"The first three goals they got were a little bit weak," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "That gave them all the momentum. We battled back, but there's no consolation. They've got a good team. We think we've got a pretty good team. We match up pretty well. Tomorrow I'm sure the intensity will get ramped up."

After deVries beat Leclaire on the glove side on a slap shot from the top of the circle, Nichol rocketed in from the right wing and slid a soft goal past Leclaire. The goals, 11 seconds apart, were the second-fastest in Nashville's decade in the NHL.

Notes: Before the game, the Blue Jackets remembered team founder and principal owner John H. McConnell, who died last spring at the age of 84. A banner bearing his name and initials was lifted to the rafters. ... Columbus D Mike Commodore played the 300th game of his career.

scoring summary
1st Period
04:25
CBJ
Rick Nash (2) Snap shot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (1), Mike Commodore (1)
1 - 0 CBJ
14:18
CBJ
Nikita Filatov (1) Snap shot - ASST: Freddy Modin (2), Andrew Murray (1)
2 - 0 CBJ
14:26
CBJ
Jakub Voracek (2) Tip-in - ASST: Derick Brassard (2)
3 - 0 CBJ
2nd Period
00:23
CBJ
PPG - Rick Nash (3) Wrist shot - ASST: Kristian Huselius (2), Fedor Tyutin (2)
4 - 0 CBJ
08:12
NSH
Greg De Vries (1) Slapshot - ASST: Greg Zanon (1), Rich Peverley (3)
4 - 1 CBJ
08:23
NSH
Scott Nichol (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Jerred Smithson (1), Kevin Klein (1)
4 - 2 CBJ
3rd Period
01:38
NSH
J-P Dumont (1) Backhand shot - ASST: Joel Ward (1)
4 - 3 CBJ
08:49
CBJ
PPG - Jason Chimera (1) Wrist shot - ASST: Kris Russell (1), Freddy Modin (3)
5 - 3 CBJ
penalty summary
1st Period
06:28
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Roughing against  Jordin Tootoo
06:28
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Derek Dorsett
10:46
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Hi-sticking against  Ryan Jones
15:31
CBJ
Freddy Modin  Hooking against  Greg De Vries
19:00
NSH
Radek Bonk  Hooking against  Nikita Filatov
2nd Period
05:31
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Interference against  Patric Hornqvist
09:44
NSH
Martin Erat  Holding against  Kristian Huselius
12:12
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Slashing against  Kristian Huselius
14:27
CBJ
Andrew Murray  Hooking against  Greg Zanon
3rd Period
07:06
NSH
Jerred Smithson  Fighting (maj) against  Alexandre Picard
07:06
CBJ
Alexandre Picard  Fighting (maj) against  Jerred Smithson
08:00
NSH
Ryan Suter  Holding against  Freddy Modin
12:35
CBJ
Jan Hejda  Hooking against  J-P Dumont
goalie stats
Pekka Rinne
Pekka Rinne
SA: 8TOI: 14:26
Saves: 5EV: 5 - 8
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .625SH: 0 - 0
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
2-3-0
SA: 20TOI: 43:43
Saves: 18EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 6
SV%: .900SH: 0 - 0
Fredrik Norrena
SA: 3TOI: 5:14
Saves: 3EV: 3 - 3
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: 1.000SH: 0 - 0
Pascal Leclaire
SA: 27TOI: 54:46
Saves: 24EV: 18 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .889SH: 0 - 0
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