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Nashville, TN – The Nashville Predators scored a big win tonight over Columbus with a 5-2 victory at Bridgrestone Arena. Another sold out crowd was on hand to witness back to back home wins, helping Nashville climb back into the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff race.
Taylor Beck had a goal and an assist during a wild first period, as Nashville scored 4 goals. Shea Weber, David Legwand and Matt Halischuk also scored in the first, and Roman Josi added an empty-netter to cap off the Predators’ scoring on the night.R.J. Umberger and Artem Anisimov had the goals for the Blue Jackets who saw their franchise record streak of earning at least one point end with tonight’s loss. Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped only 7 of 11 shots on goal and was pulled from the net half way through the first period. Steve Mason came on in relief and made 12 saves on the night.
Beck got the night started with his first ever NHL goal at 7:11 of the first, as the Predators went on a stretch over 3:04 that saw five goals scored.
“I had a bunch of chances last game, but I was fortunate enough to put that one in – that’s a monkey off my back for sure,” stated Predators Forward Taylor Beck.
“I really did feel that Beck should have earned a goal before tonight. The last two games, he’s played really well. Even in Columbus he played a pretty deep game for us. That’s what you want young guys to do, come in and make a case for themselves,” said Nashville Predators coach Barry Trotz. “The great thing with Beck is that he’s a big body. He can do things offensively off the rush or in a grind game he can use the body to separate himself from defensemen or put his weight on them. He’s been detailed on the boards. He spent time in Milwaukee. We haven’t hurried him up, and he’s been maturing as a player. He’s not being intimidated when he comes up here and earns his ice time. I have a lot of trust in him.”
Shea Weber doubled the lead at 8:21 with a power-play goal before Umberger pulled Columbus to 2-1 at 9:29 converting on a scramble at the net.
David Legwand and Halischuk scored 29 seconds apart in the middle of the first frame and Nashville had a 4-1 lead.
A key moment in the contest was when the Blue Jackets had a five on three power play, with plenty of opportunity to close the gap, but they only managed one shot on Nashville during the two man advantage.
Anisimov’s goal with 5:07 left in the second period cut Nashville’s lead to 4-2.
The Predators welcomed Hal Gill to the lineup after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury.
When asked about playing again after being injured, Defenseman Hal Gill stated, “Everyone wants to feel better. I felt good. I felt strong and I just like to be part of a win.”
“I think when you win a couple after a not very good road trip, you put things in perspective. We’re trying to dig ourselves out of that road trip. The most important game is the next game. We have to do some good work on Monday because it’s a very dangerous game and a very good team in Edmonton,” said Trotz.
Nashville returns to Smashville on Monday night to welcome the Edmonton Oilers to the Bridgestone Arena. Puck drops at 7:00pm CT.
Blue Jackets 2 – 5 Predators
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
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