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