NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Columbus
(Tuesday, January 26th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Nashville 2
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Fredrik Modin scored the deciding goal 8:39 into the third period, as the Columbus Blue Jackets held on for a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators in a Central Division matchup at Nationwide Arena.
Kristian Huselius and Derick Brassard also tallied for Columbus, which had lost five of seven coming into the contest. Steve Mason was solid in goal, stopping 29-of-31 shots.
"First off, our goalie was the best player on the ice and we needed him today, and he was good," Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock said about Mason. "He was very good tonight. He'll get the start Thursday (against Los Angeles). He can win games, like tonight, by himself."
Martin Erat had a goal and an assist, while Patric Hornqvist also lit the lamp for the Predators, who have dropped four straight, including a 2-1 setback at Colorado on Friday. Pekka Rinne allowed three goals on 17 shots.
"I thought both teams played a real solid game," Nashville head coach Barry Trotz said. "I thought they played well, we played well. They capitalized on one turnover in the second and it's a 1-0 game. When it's 1-0, the two goal lead is really big and they scored and they scored again on the next shift. To me if we kept it at two, we had a chance. We still had a chance at the end."
With Columbus ahead 3-0 in the third, Erat's wrister from the left circle got the Predators on the board with 9:54 left. Then with 4:24 to play, Hornqvist made it a 3-2 game with his 21st goal of the season.
However, Mason turned aside a couple of Nashville chances in the remaining time on the clock and despite pulling the goalie in favor of the extra attacker in the final minute, the Predators were unable to get the equalizer.
After a scoreless opening period, Columbus finally broke through with 3:50 left in the second stanza. Brassard got a piece of Milan Jurcina's point shot that just squeezed past Rinne on the stick side and it stayed 1-0 after two periods.
Huselius took a nice cross ice pass from Rick Nash and buried it from the left side of the net on the power play eight minutes into the third and 39 seconds later Modin jammed home a loose puck sitting in the goal crease for a 3-0 Columbus lead.
Nashville had won all four meetings against the Blue Jackets this year coming into the contest and despite the loss have taken six out of eight overall in the series...Columbus improved to 12-8-5 at home, while the Predators fell to 15-10-2 on the road.
01/26 22:59:20 ET