NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Nashville|
(Sunday, January 2nd)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Columbus 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Shea Weber had a goal and two assists to lead
the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets at
Patric Hornqvist had a goal and an assist while Nick Spaling and Sergei
Kostitsyn each lit the lamp for the Predators, who have won two straight
following a five-game slide. Pekka Rinne stopped 19 shots in the win.
R.J. Umberger scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who were riding a
three-game winning streak. Steve Mason gave up all four goals on 26 shots.
The Blue Jackets have lost 15 straight games in Nashville dating back to April
Trailing by a goal to start the second period, Nashville tied the game at 2:59
on Shea Weber's slap shot.
Weber had the primary assists on the next two goals as the Predators surged
The first came at the 13:51 mark when Weber snapped a wrister from the right
circle that Mason made a stop on, but Nick Spaling was in front to sweep home
Just three minutes later, Weber blasted another shot on net that saw Hornqvist
sweep it in as he was falling to the ice from the left side for a 3-1
Nashville took a 4-1 lead 5:53 into the third on Sergei Kostitsyin's eighth
goal of the season.
Umberger's 13th goal of the season gave the Blue Jackets the initial lead just
37 seconds into the game, but Columbus couldn't keep the momentum.
"We just sat back (in the last two periods). We didn't get shots through and
we didn't box out in front of our net," said Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash.
"They came at use harder than in the first period."
The Predators hit the road for three games in California starting in Anaheim
on Wednesday...Nashville has taken two of three over the Blue Jackets this
season and seven of the last nine.
01/02 23:18:08 ET