NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Columbus
(Wednesday, October 26th)
Final Score: Columbus 3, Nashville 2 (OT)
Columbus, OH (Sports Network) - Adam Foote scored a shorthanded goal 35 seconds into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the previously-unbeaten Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena.
On Tuesday night, the Predators defeated Chicago to improve their franchise- record best start to 8-0. That also tied the second-best start to a season in league history with the 1934-35 Toronto Maple Leafs and 1975-76 Buffalo Sabres.
Making his first start of the season, Martin Prusek was solid stopping 22 shots for the Blue Jackets. Mark Hartigan and Trevor Letowski each scored a goal in the win.
Tomas Vokoun finished the game with 31 saves for Nashville. Paul Kariya and Adam Hall scored goals in the loss.
With a man down, Radoslav Suchy broke up a pass at the Columbus blue line and shoveled the puck over to Foote, who skated up the right side and slipped a wrist shot past Vokoun for the overtime game winner.
"We have to pick up some confidence from this game," said Foote. "If we stick to our system and play our game, we are going to be tough to beat, especially with our goaltending."
With the game tied at 1-1 late in the third period, a flurry of action made things interesting.
With 3:27 left in final frame, Hartigan scored his first goal of the season on the power play giving Columbus a 2-1 edge. Defenseman Bryan Berard fired a wrist shot from the point that Vokoun stopped, but Hartigan was there to backhand the puck home.
Nashville stormed right back to tie the game at 2-2 with 20 seconds left as Hall scored a power-play goal. With the puck loose in front, Hall picked up the garbage and buried it, forcing the game into overtime.
Both teams were very unhappy with the penalties called late in the game as both coaches wanted to talk things over with the officials before the extra session started.
Columbus came out flying in the first looking to jump on the Predators early, but Vokoun stood tall and made 11 saves.
"We battled hard and I thought they competed very hard," said Blue Jackets head coach Gerard Gallant. "We played desperate hockey tonight and we are a club that had been struggling and we needed the win. For us to beat them in our building tonight, we needed all our guys to play hard. We needed a win for us. We didn't care if they were 15-0, 2-0, 2-10, we needed a win for us tonight."
Early in the second period, Columbus would take a 1-0 lead on Letowski's third goal of the season at the 5:28 mark. After killing off a 5-on-3 power play, Letowski made a huge hit on Nashville defenseman Ryan Suter to cause a turnover behind the net. Letowski then picked up the puck, skated right in front and jammed the puck past Vokoun.
Nashville would get even on the power play with 9:56 remaining in the second period. Steve Sullivan made a cross ice pass to Kariya at the right circle and he fired a wrist shot right under the cross bar over a sprawled out Prusek.
The Predators had several chances to take the lead late in the second period, but Prusek was there to slam the door shut. He made a diving glove save on a Kariya snap shot from the slot with less than two minutes to play in the second stanza to keep the game tied at 1-1.
Columbus goalie Marc Denis did not dress because of a bruised clavicle. He is day-to-day...Nashville coach Barry Trotz coached his 500th career game, all have been with the Preds...Before the game, Nashville recalled center Vern Fiddler from Milwaukee (AHL)...The Predators were 2-for-12 on the power play while Columbus was 1-of-6.
10/26 23:02:08 ET