Late goal keeps Predators perfect in the preseason

Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 12:08am
Staff reports

Shea Weber’s power play goal with 29 seconds remaining lifted the Nashville Predators to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

The Predators trailed 2-1 after two periods and did not tie the score until Jason Arnott’s goal with 3:59 to play. Arnott then assisted on Weber’s game-winner. J.P. Dumont had assists on both.

The victory was the Predators’ third in as many days as they improved to 3-0 on the season. They opened with a 5-0 victory Thursday over Atlanta and followed with a 4-2 victory Friday at Carolina.

Nashville outshot Columbus 40-16 and had six power plays to the Blue Jackets’ two. In fact, only one Predators’ player, forward Triston Grant, was called for a minor penalty – and he was assessed three – one for kneeing, one for slashing and an unsportsmanlike conduct call, which accompanied the kneeing violation.

Pekka Rinne started the game and allowed two goals on eight shots. Dan Ellis replaced him, stopped all eight shots he faced and earned the win.