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Derick Brassard scores as Columbus beats Predators 3-2 in shootout for rare win in Nashville

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 11:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Derick Brassard scored in the sixth round of a shootout, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 Saturday night for their fifth win to start a season and a very rare win over their Central Division foe.

Columbus had not won an opener since Oct. 3, 2009, against Minnesota, and the Blue Jackets had won only once in Nashville in the previous 20 games.

They needed overtime to do that 4-3 on Nov. 19, 2011.

Artem Anisimov, acquired in the trade that sent Rick Nash to the Rangers, scored on a backhand over Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne in the second round of the shootout.

David Legwand scored on a backhand in the third round to tie it up and extend the shootout. That was it before Brassard scored.

Colin Wilson had a chance to tie it up, but Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky got his right foot out for the save and the win.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild