Columbus at Nashville

    Predators 8, Blue Jackets 1

    CBS wire reports

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Nashville left wing Ramzi Abid scored three goals in the Predators' 8-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday night.

    The 26-year-old Abid led the AHL's Chicago Wolves in goals (34), assists (42) and points (76) last season and also had 165 penalty minutes.

    Nashville (1-1) connected on its first four shots as neither starting goalie Frederik Norrena nor replacement Tomas Popperle was effective for Columbus (2-1). Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun stopped 23 of 24 shots.

    The Predators' Mikko Lehtonen opened the scoring 2:23 into the game. Two minutes later, Abid added his first goal on a power play. Rich Peverley and Kimmo Timonen scored next and Nashville had a 4-0 lead just over seven minutes into the first period.

    It was the first NHL game at the two-year-old FedExForum, home of the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.

    The Predators added a second-period goal from Alexander Radulov, who had assisted on Peverley's goal, and another score from Darcy Hordichuk in the third.

    Abid's other two goals came in the final period. The last was unassisted and extended Nashville's lead to the final score.

    Norrena took a seat midway through the second period, having allowed four goals on 12 shots.

    It wasn't until the 14:16 mark of the second that the Blue Jackets solved Vokoun, as Alexandre Picard scored on a power play, cutting the Predators lead to 5-1.

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    Scoring Summary
    2:23Mikko Lehtonen - Assist: Shane Endicott
    4:35Power Play - Ramzi Abid - Assist: Scott Nichol
    5:20Rich Peverley - Assists: Alexander Radulov and Martin Erat
    7:14Kimmo Timonen - Assists: J.P. Dumont and Scott Nichol
    11:33Power Play - Alexander Radulov - Assists: Marek Zidlicky and Martin Erat
    14:16Power Play - Alexandre Picard - Assists: Anders Eriksson and Fredrik Modin
    6:25Power Play - Darcy Hordichuk - Assists: Shea Weber and Shane Endicott
    8:45Ramzi Abid - Assists: Scott Nichol and J.P. Dumont
    15:35Power Play - Ramzi Abid
    Penalty Summary
    :30Darcy Hordichuk: fighting - major
    :30Jody Shelley: misconduct - misconduct
    :30Jody Shelley: fighting - major
    :30Jody Shelley: instigator - minor
    :30Jody Shelley: goaltender interference - minor
    3:43Andy Canzanello: tripping - minor
    11:17Shane Endicott: tripping - minor
    17:14Alexandre Picard: roughing - minor
    18:55Ramzi Abid: interference - minor
    20:00Shane Endicott: cross-checking - minor
    1:11Gilbert Brule: charging - minor
    8:08Kimmo Timonen: interference - minor
    9:42Jaroslav Balastik: high-sticking - minor
    11:59Greg Zanon: hooking - minor
    12:35Pat Leahy: hooking - minor
    16:20Shane Endicott: hooking - minor
    18:33Tomas Kloucek: hooking - minor
    1:50Jerred Smithson: fighting - major
    1:50Ole-Kristian Tollefsen: fighting - major
    3:08Aaron Johnson: tripping - minor
    10:27Jason Chimera: unsportsmanlike-conduct - minor
    10:27Jordin Tootoo: unsportsmanlike-conduct - minor
    10:36Ole-Kristian Tollefsen: fighting - major
    10:36Shea Weber: fighting - major
    10:36Alexandre Picard: misconduct - misconduct
    10:36Alexandre Picard: holding - minor
    10:36Martin Erat: misconduct - misconduct
    14:40Jody Shelley: charging - minor
    16:22Nolan Yonkman: roughing - double-minor
    16:22Jason Chimera: roughing - minor
    16:22Jason Chimera: high-sticking - minor
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    Attendance - 6326
    Game Time - 60:00
    Referees - Dave Jackson, Wes McCauley
    Line Judges - Pat Dapuzzo, Steve Barton
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