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40-34-8

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Predators 6, Blue Jackets 3

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:50 AM

Associated Press

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Predators 6, Blue Jackets 3
Columbus Blue Jackets 3, Nashville Predators 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -The Nashville Predators got the jump on the Columbus Blue Jackets to salvage a split in the home-and-home series.

A night after allowing three first-period goals in a loss in Columbus, the Predators scored three times in the first period and went on to beat the Blue Jackets 6-3 on Saturday.

"Last night we came out really well, but nothing went in for us," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "Tonight we came out really well and got out to a three-goal lead."

Martin Erat scored two goals and Shea Weber added a goal and three assists. Dan Ellis made 24 saves for Nashville, including 13 in the third period.

Joel Ward, David Legwand and Rich Peverley also scored for Nashville. Jason Chimera, Marc Methot and Rick Nash scored for Columbus.

"We got outworked, we didn't play well enough in the defensive end, we didn't finish our checks in the offensive end, and we got checked off pucks," Nash said. "There are no excuses."

Ward scored a short-handed goal with 3:53 left in the first.

"Anytime you can get a short-handed goal it is a big plus for the team," Ward said. "I got a great pass from Scott Nichol that went right through the defenseman's legs, and I was fortunate to put it in."

The Predators have won nine straight home games against Columbus. The loss Friday night ended Nashville's string of 16 games with a point against Columbus (15-0-1). It was the longest active streak in an NHL regular-season series.

"We didn't get off to the start we wanted to the other night," Ellis said. "We got back at them tonight, played Predators hockey, and that is why we got the two points tonight."

Legwand opened the scoring at 6:30 of the first period. He won a faceoff in the left circle, headed to the slot and deflected Weber's slap shot from the right point past goalie Fredrik Norrena.

"When you win faceoffs in the offensive zone and get possession of the puck, good things can happen," Weber said.

Erat and Ward also scored first-period goals for Nashville.

Erat's goal at 5:26 of the second period made it 4-0. After the goal, Norrena, 0-9-1 against Nashville, gave way to Dan LaCosta in goal. LaCosta was recalled after Pascal Leclaire bruised his right thumb in the third period Friday night.

"I saw guys battling there down at the net, and I saw the puck go behind (Norrena's) back," Erat said. "I was just there to push it in."

"We were poor in a lot of aspects and we didn't get away with them tonight," Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. "We didn't give up a lot of scoring chances, but the ones we did were doozies."

Chimera and Methot scored just over 6 minutes apart in the second to cut it to 4-2.

Weber and Peverley scored early third-period goals for Nashville. Nash's fourth goal of the season completed the scoring.

Notes: After being held pointless in seven games against Nashville last season, Nash has three goals in the two games this season. ... Columbus' last victory in Nashville was a 3-1 decision on April 3, 2006. ... Nashville captain Jason Arnott missed his third consecutive game because of a broken ring finger on his right hand.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:30
NSH
David Legwand (1) ASST: Shea Weber (2), J-P Dumont (6)
1 - 0 NSH
10:41
NSH
Martin Erat (2) ASST: Ryan Jones (2), Dan Hamhuis (1)
2 - 0 NSH
16:07
NSH
SHG - Joel Ward (2) ASST: Scott Nichol (2), Shea Weber (3)
3 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
05:26
NSH
Martin Erat (3) ASST: David Legwand (1), Shea Weber (4)
4 - 0 NSH
06:42
CBJ
Jason Chimera (2) ASST: Jiri Novotny (2), Marc Methot (1)
4 - 1 NSH
12:51
CBJ
Marc Methot (1) ASST: R.J. Umberger (2), Kristian Huselius (3)
4 - 2 NSH
3rd Period
00:27
NSH
Shea Weber (3) ASST: Radek Bonk (1)
5 - 2 NSH
04:01
NSH
Rich Peverley (1) ASST: NONE
6 - 2 NSH
07:24
CBJ
Rick Nash (4) ASST: Kristian Huselius (4), Mike Commodore (2)
6 - 3 NSH
penalty summary
1st Period
06:12
NSH
Martin Erat  Boarding against  Rostislav Klesla
06:25
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Tripping against  Scott Nichol
14:18
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Charging against  Fedor Tyutin
16:56
CBJ
Rostislav Klesla  Interference against  Ryan Jones
2nd Period
02:50
NSH
Ville Koistinen  Cross checking against  Derick Brassard
06:42
NSH
Greg De Vries  Fighting (maj) against  Derek Dorsett
06:42
CBJ
Derek Dorsett  Fighting (maj) against  Greg De Vries
09:45
CBJ
Andrew Murray  Tripping against  Ryan Suter
15:47
NSH
Patric Hornqvist  Roughing against  Mike Commodore
15:47
CBJ
Mike Commodore  Roughing against  Patric Hornqvist
3rd Period
04:33
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Fighting (maj) against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
04:33
CBJ
Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Fighting (maj) against  Jordin Tootoo
04:33
NSH
Jordin Tootoo  Roughing against  Ole-Kristian Tollefsen
07:48
CBJ
Jakub Voracek  Hi-sticking against  J-P Dumont
goalie stats
Fredrik Norrena
SA: 11TOI: 25:26
Saves: 7EV: 6 - 9
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .636SH: 0 - 1
Daniel LaCosta
SA: 19TOI: 34:34
Saves: 17EV: 9 - 11
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 6
SV%: .895SH: 2 - 2
Dan Ellis
Dan Ellis
3-3-0
SA: 26TOI: 59:58
Saves: 23EV: 20 - 23
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .885SH: 0 - 0
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