NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Nashville|
(Friday, April 8th)
Final Score: Nashville 4, Columbus 1
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Pekka Rinne stopped 44 shots to help the
Nashville Predators clinch a playoff spot with a 4-1 win over the Columbus
Wins by Nashville and Phoenix on Friday gave both teams 99 points for the
fourth spot in the Western Conference with one game to play. The Predators
play in St. Louis while Phoenix plays in San Jose with both games on Saturday.
Patric Hornqvist scored twice and added an assist while Matt Halischuk and
Sergei Kostitsyn each had a goal for the Predators, who have won two straight
and close out their season on Saturday in St. Louis.
Derick Brassard had the lone goal while Steve Mason was touched for all four
goals on 25 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped their past five
"When you have a good goaltender like they do it forces you to shoot more,"
said Brassard. "There is a lot of frustration in our locker room cause we try
hard and put everything we have into every game and it's just not working out
for us right now."
Six minutes into the game the Predators took a 1-0 lead as Mike Fisher took
the puck into the Columbus end and outhustled the defender to get a shot on
net down low that Hornqvist followed up for the rebound goal.
Less than two minutes into the second, the Predators took a 2-0 lead as
Halischuk took a pass in the Columbus end and switched to the forehand before
stuffing the puck in.
It was a 3-0 game less than a minute later as Hornqvist's backhander from the
right circle fooled Mason for his 21st goal of the season.
Brassard got Columbus on the board with 1:28 to play in the second with a big
blast from the right circle that beat Rinne cleanly.
Kostitsyin scored with 7 1/2 minutes to play in the third with a tip-in of a
Nashville went 24-9-8 at home this season...The Blue Jackets, who were 17-16-8
on the road, close their season at home on Saturday against Buffalo...The
Predators took four of six from Columbus this season.
04/09 01:21:06 ET