Nashville at Columbus

Blue Jackets 2, Predators 1 (SO)

CBSSports.com wire reports
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock had a lot of reasons to be pleased with this one.

Nikolai Zherdev scored the lone shootout goal and set up the tying goal in regulation to help Columbus end a 12-game losing streak against the Nashville Predators with a 2-1 victory Saturday night.

Pascal Leclaire stopped all three shooters in the tiebreaker and made 26 saves in regulation and overtime for the Blue Jackets, who picked up their first win over the Predators since April 3, 2006.

"In the games against Nashville, we've always been the first team to crack," Hitchcock said. "We stayed with it and that's what I was happiest about."

Trailing in the third period, it once again was Zherdev who played the catalyst role. He scored twice in the third to help Columbus beat St. Louis 6-4 on Friday night.

"Right now, this is a lot of games in a row where he's stepped up and made good account of himself when we've needed him the most," Hitchcock said of the 23-year old Russian.

Leclaire stopped Alexander Radulov, Martin Erat and J.P. Dumont in the tiebreaker.

"It's a pretty good feeling," Leclaire said of the win. "It doesn't really matter who it was; we need those points right now."

Chris Mason finished with 28 saves, not including stops on Michael Peca and Rick Nash in the shootout.

"The more times you play, sooner or later (it was going to happen)," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said of the loss. "Both teams played really well, played a real solid game. We had one turnover and they capitalized on it."

Rostislav Klesla pulled Columbus even at 10:45 of the third period with a snap shot from the slot. Zherdev set up the goal with a smooth dish after a giveaway by Dan Hamhuis in his own zone.

"He (Zherdev) made a good forecheck," Klesla said. "I was kind of following the play, hoping the puck would get passed."

Radulov scored for Nashville, which entered with seven wins in 10 games.

Radulov took a feed from Dumont and fired a shot over Leclaire at the 18:35 mark of the second period. Zherdev just missed from close range moments earlier and Nashville countered the other way.

The Blue Jackets have won a franchise-record five straight at home.

Notes

  • Columbus C Sergei Fedorov missed the game because of a hip pointer. He has a five-game points streak.
  • Dumont had a career-best and Nashville-record six-game goal streak snapped.
  • Hamhuis flipped Jared Boll with a check early in the third period.
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Scoreboard
Nashville (21-19-3)01000 (0)1
Columbus  (21-18-6) «00101 (1)2
Three Stars
P. Leclaire
CLB


Saves: 26
Save Pct.: .963
R. Klesla
CLB


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
A. Radulov
NSH


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
None
2ND PERIOD
18:35Alexander Radulov (13), Slap Shot. Assist: J.P. Dumont, Jason Arnott
3RD PERIOD
10:45Rostislav Klesla (5), Wrist Shot. Assist: Nikolai Zherdev
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
 Nikolai Zherdev (4), GOAL
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
03:06Malhotra, 2 min, Roughing
15:55Lindstrom, 2 min, Interference
2ND PERIOD
05:11Gelinas, 2 min, Tripping
08:45Hejda, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
3RD PERIOD
None
OT
None
SHOOTOUT
None
Shots On Goal
 123T
Nashville512825
Columbus510924
Goalies
GoalieMINSSGASO SSO GA
Chris Mason 64:4528131
Pascal Leclaire 64:5526130
Game Information
Attendance - 16230
Referees - Stephane Auger, Don Van Massenhoven
Linesmen - Lyle Seitz, Pierre Racicot
 
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