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Nashville Predators 3, Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (OT): Preds Tie Columbus Late But Only Take a Point in OT

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The Preds staged a big comeback in the third period but dropped the game in OT.

NHL: Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Pekka Rinne started his 600th game tonight in the place of the sick Juuse Saros. Columbus came out fast and hard against a tired Nashville team. Boone Jenner opened the scoring for Columbus with 13:32 remaining in the first period. The Predators mustered some chances in front of Columbus backup netminder Joonas Korpisalo as the period drew to a close.

The Predators began the second period with a little more pep in their step. They traded some chances with the Blue Jackets. Ryan Hartman tried to baseball-swing a puck into the net behind Korpisalo, but Hartman played the puck with a (very) high stick. The second period ended after Columbus hit what seemed like 23 posts with Nashville down by just one.

Mattias Ekholm and Josh Anderson exchanged several cross checks and hits in front of Rinne and Anderson was eventually whistled. The Preds tried to find a tying goal on the power play, and Nick Bonino answered right as the Columbus penalty expired.

Nick Foligno was whistled for another Columbus penalty and Nashville returned to the power play at 6:38 of the third period. They were unable to convert on the man advantage. Austin Watson was called for goaltender interference with less than 7 minutes remaining in the third. Artemi Panarin snapped home a wrist shot on Rinne’s low blocker side and Columbus pulled ahead.

Boone Jenner added another goal less than 11 seconds later on a bad Predator turnover. The Predators proceeded to apply some incredible pressure against Korpisalo and Viktor Arvidsson managed to pull the Predators within one goal with 4:53 remaining in the period. As if the game couldn’t get any more ridiculous, Colton Sissons and Mattias Ekholm converted on a 2-on-1 chance to tie the game with 4:15 remaining.

In the overtime frame, a tired Arvidsson tripped Panarin and Columbus was awarded a power play. Panarin himself scored the winning marker for the Blue Jackets. The Predators return home with points in each of their road games (8 points out of a possible 10).

Random Observations

  • Sick Juuse Saros makes us all sad.
  • Hi, Troy Grosenick!
  • I really like Columbus’s thirds.
  • Hi, Seth Jones!
  • The Preds look tired.
  • Some chances getting generated as the first period enters the halfway point.
  • Josh Anderson trying to get Kevin Fiala to fight? What? Why?
  • Viktor Arvidsson almost walked a puck right into the net.
  • P.K. Subban crashing into Pekka Rinne is less than ideal.
  • You can’t do that, Ryan Hartman.
  • This period is kinda yawn-y.
  • Columbus is hitting all the posts! All of them.
  • Moar posts!
  • BONINO BONINO BONINO!!!!
  • That’s Mattias Ekholm’s 28th assist of the season...a career high. He’s on a 5-game point streak!
  • Well, this game fell apart fast.
  • Ok this is happening now!!?!?!?!?!?
  • MATTY EKHOLM!!!! COLTON SISSONS!!! What the what the what the what the what?
  • Everyone’s heart rate is 160 BPM right now.
  • Bonus hockey!
  • Oh Arvi, I know you didn’t mean to do that bad thing.
  • Panarin wins it in OT for the Jackets.
  • The Preds have acquired 8 of 10 possible points on this road trip. Time for some rest before hitting the road for Sunday’s game in Carolina.

Super Duper Stars of the Game

  1. Mattias Ekholm: I’m not sure how many times I’ve selected Ekholm as a star of the game recently, but he is easily Nashville’s best defender right now. A goal and an assist for the bearded Swede tonight.
  2. Colton Sissons: He plays a solid hockey game every single night. The 2-on-1 break that Sissons had with Ekholm tied the game. Sissons is on a 3-game point streak.

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