David Legwand scored 28 seconds into overtime as the Nashville Predators rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jackets on Thursday at Columbus.
It was the third time in four meetings this season the teams played beyond regulation. The Predators have won all four — two in shootouts.
Legwand scored his ninth goal of the season — his third game-winner — after Joel Ward forced a turnover behind the Columbus net. Ward fed a pass in front to Legwand, who beat goalie Mathieu Garon with a wrist shot.
Ward also had the only assist on Andreas Thuresson’s game-tying goal.
Thuresson scored with 7:21 to play in regulation. It was the first career goal for the 22-year-old rookie, who was recalled Wednesday because of an injury to Martin Erat.
Goalie Dan Ellis made 31 saves and got the win in his 100th career NHL appearance. He allowed a goal to Raffi Torres 6:02 into the contest but kept the Blue Jackets off the board the rest of the way.
With the victory, Nashville capped the most successful December in franchise history, going 9-4-2, 20 point points.
It was the third time the Predators won nine times in the month of December but the first time they had 20 points. They went 9-5-0 (18 points) in 2005 and 9-5-1 (19 points) in 2006.
They will begin a four-game homestand Saturday against Anaheim, 7 p.m. at Sommet Center.