Predators get offense going just in time, beat Blue Jackets

Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 8:17pm
Staff reports

Colin Wilson scored 1:45 into overtime as the Nashville Predators overcame a two-goal, third-period deficit and defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-3 on Thursday at Columbus.

Wilson, Sergei Kostitsyn and Patric Hornqvist all scored within a span of 3:21 in the closing minutes of regulation and overtime. Kostitsyn tied it with 12.2 seconds to play in regulation on Nashville’s only power play.

Martin Erat assisted on each of the last two, which gave him five assists in the last four games.

Hornqvist’s goal was his eighth of the season. That tied him with rookie Craig Smith for the team lead.

The victory was only the third for Nashville in its last 10 games and just its second in six overtime games.

The Blue Jackets outshot the Predators 24-22 after having maintained a sizable advantage in that regard for much of the contest.

Nashville recorded the last eight shots, though, including the only one in overtime. Wilson ended things when his shot got past goalie Curtis Sanford at the end of a two-on-one with Erat.

Columbus scored the first two goals, the first of which was posted only after a video review.

Mike Fisher got the Predators within one, at 2-1, when he scored at 13:10 of the second period. He got assists from Kostitsyn, who returned from injury Tuesday against Phoenix, and defenseman Francis Bouillon, who played for the first time since he was hurt Nov. 26 at Detroit.

Bouillon also got in a fight with Derek Dorsett at 16:04 of the second period.

Those were the only penalties until Bouillon was sent off for hooking with 4:08 left in regulation. The Blue Jackets did not convert with the man-advantage, but the Predators did with Kostitsyn’s goal after Samuel Pahlsson was called for a cross check with 1:13 to go in the third.