Nashville 6, Columbus 5

Thursday, December 22, 2011 8:00 PM

Final Scoring Summary

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Columbus 9-21-1-3 6-10-1-1 3-11-0-2 L4
Nashville 18-12-3-1 9-5-2-1 9-7-1-0 W1


Martin Erat scored to snap a tie with nine seconds remaining in the third period as the Nashville Predators overcame Jeff Carter's first-period hat trick to record a 6-5 home triumph over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets on Thursday.

In the waning moments of the third period, Erat capped the Predators' comeback from a three-goal deficit by backhanding the puck past Curtis Sanford, who returned from a one-game absence due to back spasms.

Carter recorded his third career hat trick by scoring three times in just under a 3 1/2-minute span in the first period and rookie Ryan Johansen tallied twice to give Columbus a 5-2 lead.

Nashville rallied as Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling and defenseman Roman Josi scored in the second period and David Legwand's power-play goal with 3:46 left in the third leveled the contest.

After Carter scored Columbus' first goal, he netted his next two after cleaning up loose pucks in front of the net and backhanding them past Pekka Rinne.

Rinne finished with 26 saves for Nashville, which prevented Columbus from posting consecutive victories in the Music City. Instead, the Predators have won 18 of the last 19 home meetings between the Central Division rivals.

Top Game Performances

Columbus   Nashville
Jeff Carter 3 Points Shea Weber 3
Jeff Carter 3 Goals Martin Erat 1
Derick Brassard 2 Assists Shea Weber 3
Jeff Carter 2 Power Play Goals David Legwand 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Curtis Sanford .842 Save Percentage Pekka Rinne .839
Curtis Sanford 32 Saves Pekka Rinne 26

Team Stats Summary

Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 31 5 4-6 1-3 8 34
Nashville 38 6 2-3 2-6 21 35

Upcoming Games

  • Nashville will play its next game on the road against Dallas. The Predators have a W/L % of .500 after a win and .562 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play its next game on the road against Chicago. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .100 after a win and .333 after a loss.
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