The new guys played a major role in lifting Columbus to their first win in Nashville after 17 straight losses, with Jeff Carter scoring early, and James Wizniewski scoring late, to beat the Preds 4-3 in overtime. Vinny Prospal added a power play goal as well, meaning 3 of the Blue Jackets' scores came from players acquired over the summer, guys who were unfamiliar with the long history of Columbus failure in Nashville.
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First the highlights:
- Just like Elton John sang, Saturday night's alright for fighting... those opening seconds of the game featured Tootoo vs. Dorsett (revenge for Marty?), then McGrattan vs. Boll, and when Dorsett got back on the ice he tried to go with Hillen, too.
- One thing I liked about the opening goal was the movement by all the Preds on that power play. As Shea Weber snuck down from the right point to the far side of the goal, Antoine Vermette sagged down to follow him, opening up that much more space for David Legwand at the point.
- Columbus fans had to have been thrilled to see Jeff Carter get his first goal to tie the game up early in the second, courtesy of a Hillen pass that got intercepted at center ice and immediately turned into a Blue Jackets rush.
- You're not going to earn that $7 million+ salary from the penalty box, Sutes. Those two early 3rd-period penalties were brutal.
- Just moments after I noted in the Game Thread that in 6 games this month, Sergei Kostitsyn had 0 shots on goal, he finally took one in the 3rd period. Step it up to about 2 per game, OK, Sergei?
- This was the Preds' second game this season with multiple power play goals (they went 2-for-5), the first being October 8 at St. Louis.
- Give Columbus credit for a fine play to win it in OT. Antoine Vermette fought to win the draw cleanly back to the point, and Wizniewski's shot was just inside the far corner, there was little Pekka Rinne could do.
- David Legwand played 18:28 in his first game back in the lineup, and appeared pretty effective out there. The lines are definitely a work in progress, but I'm hopeful that 3 lines with some decent scoring punch can be cobbled together.
- All in all, certainly not a great effort from the Preds tonight, but getting a point out of the loss softens the blow...