NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Nashville|
(Saturday, January 19th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Derick Brassard supplied the game winner in
the sixth round of a shootout to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets over the
Nashville Predators, 3-2, at Bridgestone Arena.
Nick Foligno and Artem Anisimov supplied the goals for Columbus, which
finished last season at the bottom of the Western Conference with 65 points.
"It's a great feeling to win here," Brassard said. "What a great challenge for
us to come here in the first game with some new faces and already tonight our
new guys made the difference."
Sergei Bobrovsky bounced back from allowing a goal just 39 seconds into the
contest to make 32 saves in the victory.
Martin Erat and Ryan Ellis each scored for the Predators, who were eliminated
in the second round of the playoffs for the second straight season in the
Pekka Rinne stopped 26 shots in defeat.
After each team failed to convert in the opening round of the shootout,
Anisimov lifted a backhander over the left shoulder of Rinne and under the
crossbar to give the Blue Jackets the advantage.
Nashville's Mike Fisher then sent his attempt wide of the net to give Jack
Johnson a chance to seal the win, but his wrister from the slot was turned
aside and the Predators' David Legwand slipped a backhander inside the right
post to keep the shootout alive.
The next four shooters came up empty until Brassard deked to his right before
lifting a shot over Rinne's right pad for the game winner, as Craig Smith's
backhand attempt at the other end caromed off the left post to end the game.
Erat opened the scoring just 39 seconds into the first period when he cruised
through the neutral zone with the puck and fired a shot past Bobrovsky from
the high slot.
Foligno knotted the game up with 3:52 to play in the opening frame while on
the power play, as he redirected a Fedor Tyutin one-timer into the twine.
Ellis gave the Predators back the lead less than two minutes later with a
power-play tally of his own, however, sliding the puck through a screen and
between the legs of Bobrovsky
Columbus managed to knot the game at the 12:05 mark of the second period
moments after a power play expired, as Anisimov grabbed a long outlet pass
from Tyutin, fought off a defender as he glided towards the net and slipped a
backhander inside the right post.
The score would remain tied from there as Bobrovsky made 12 saves and Rinne
stopped six shots through a back-and-forth third period.
The Predators controlled the majority of action in overtime, but they could
not get a puck past Bobrovsky to necessitate the shootout.
"Obviously we're working on things in practice, but it's not the same as the
game," Nashville defenseman Shea Weber said. "As the season goes on, we have
to get better period by period and game by game."
Nashville holds a 31-5-4 series advantage against Columbus since the 2006-07
season ... Columbus went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Nashville converted
on its lone man advantage ... Sergei Kostitsyn assisted on both of the
01/20 01:06:53 ET