Nashville at Columbus

    Early goals by Chimera, Picard enough for Jackets vs. Preds


    COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Jason Chimera and Alexandre Picard first-period goals and Pascal Leclaire and Tomas Popperle combined to stop 38 shots in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 2-0 win over Nashville on Sunday night in the preseason opener for both teams.

    Chimera and Picard scored in a 3:47 span midway through the first period, beating Nashville starter Chris Mason.

    Chimera, streaking down the right wing, beat Mason with a backhand shot inside the near post midway through the first period.

    On another counterattack, Picard worked a give-and-go with Alexander Svitov at the left circle past a Predators defenseman before sliding a low shot past Mason.

    The Predators finished 0-for-12 on the power play.

    Columbus played without the injured Adam Foote, Rick Nash, Sergei Fedorov and recently signed Anson Carter. The Predators rested injured Paul Kariya, Steve Sullivan, Marek Zidlicky and Jason Arnott.

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    Scoring Summary
    12:07Jason Chimera - Assist: Manny Malhotra
    15:54Alexandre Picard - Assists: Alexander Svitov and Adam Pineault
    Penalty Summary
    3:23Scottie Upshall: slashing - minor
    4:31Jason Chimera: interference - minor
    5:26Shea Weber: hooking - minor
    8:31Brandon Segal: hooking - minor
    12:00Adam Pineault: tripping - minor
    12:02Josef Vasicek: tripping - minor
    16:49Darcy Verot: hooking - minor
    18:01Tomas Kloucek: cross-checking - minor
    2:10Jason Chimera: high-sticking - minor
    4:44Nolan Yonkman: roughing - minor
    4:44Nolan Yonkman: cross-checking - minor
    8:10Joakim Lindstrom: hooking - minor
    9:32Shea Weber: roughing - minor
    9:32Jason Chimera: roughing - minor
    10:31Gilbert Brule: hooking - minor
    12:46Nolan Yonkman: slashing - minor
    15:42Nolan Yonkman: fighting - major
    15:42Andrew Murray: tripping - minor
    15:42Darcy Verot: roughing - minor
    15:42Darcy Verot: fighting - major
    15:49Ryan Suter: tripping - minor
    18:54Kris Russell: hooking - minor
    5:08Alex Henry: fighting - major
    5:08Brandon Sugden: fighting - major
    10:33Alexander Radulov: tripping - minor
    14:53Darcy Verot: hooking - minor
    15:11Scott Hartnell: fighting - major
    15:11Jason Chimera: fighting - major
    18:38Alexander Svitov: tripping - minor
    18:46Josef Vasicek: tripping - minor
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    Columbus11713 31
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    Game Time - 60:00
    Referees - Dan O'Halloran, Justin St. Pierre
    Line Judges - Steve Miller, Andy McElman
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