NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Columbus |
(Thursday, January 29th)
Final Score: Nashville 6, Columbus 4
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Scott Walker scored the eventual game-winning
goal midway through the third period and Marek Zidlicky assisted on three
others to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-4 win over Columbus at
Martin Erat, Vladimir Orszagh, Scott Hartnell, Kimmo Timonen and Wyatt Smith
scored Nashville's other five goals, as the Predators opened a 4-1 lead and
held on to win their sixth straight over the Blue Jackets. Tomas Vokoun
stopped 27 of the 31 shots he faced to earn the victory.
"It was a hard-fought battle," Walker said. "We were fighting for our lives
here, for playoffs. It was an exciting game all-around and nice to see guys
stepping up and protecting each other."
Trevor Letowski scored two goals and assisted on another in the loss for the
Blue Jackets, who dropped their second consecutive contest. Manny Malhotra
notched three assists for Columbus, while Geoff Sanderson and Tyler Wright
scored the Blue Jackets' other two goals.
Columbus used both of its goaltenders, as Marc Denis got the start, but gave
up four goals on the 16 shots he faced. Fred Brathwaite came on midway through
the second period and made 13 saves on 15 shots.
Both teams tallied three power-play goals each. Nashville and Columbus were
both 3-for-6 on the power play, as the second period saw a combined 58 penalty
"It was a physical hockey game," Columbus head coach Gerard Gallant said. "It
was a typical Nashville and Columbus game."
Walker scored the first goal of the third period at the 8:40 mark on a power
play, giving the Predators a 5-2 lead. The Nashville forward skated between
the circles and used a screen in front of Brathwaite to fire a wrist shot that
went under the netminder's glove.
Letowski cashed in a power play for Columbus with 8:07 left to make it 5-3,
but Erat scored his 11th of the season just 50 seconds later to again restore
a three-goal advantage for Nashville.
Wright brought Columbus within two with 2:55 remaining in the game, as his
wrister squeezed past Vokoun and the left post. It was the third straight game
that Wright registered a goal.
The Columbus forward had an opportunity to tally another a minute later, but
his wrist shot was blocked by a Predators defenseman in front of the net.
Sanderson gave the Blue Jackets a 1-0 lead at 6:39 of the first period when he
redirected Rick Nash's shot over Vokoun's blocker.
The Predators then scored the next four goals.
Smith notched his first goal of the season at the 8:09 mark of period, as he
skated into the crease and backhanded a rebound attempt under Denis' legs.
Timonen's goal put Nashville on top 2-1 with 1:49 remaining in the first. He
tracked down a loose puck in Columbus' zone and ripped a slapper from the top
of the right circle that made its way through traffic and past Denis' glove
for his sixth of the season.
Hartnell then redirected a Zidlicky slapper from the point, which flipped up
and over Denis' glove just 39 seconds into the second period.
Orszagh made it 4-1 at the 2:10 mark with his 12th goal, beating Denis through
the five-hole with a slapper.
Letowski's first tally for Columbus, off a rebound, came just 25 seconds
Zidlicky tied a career high for points in a game with three...Nashville is
7-1-1 in its last nine meetings with Columbus...Smith scored his first goal in
the NHL since November of 2002...Nash extended his point streak to three games
and has three goals with two assists in that span.
01/30 01:55:57 ET