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Fritsche, Fedorov Score; Jackets Fall

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Jason Arnott scored two power-play goals within 48 seconds of the second period, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Tomas Vokoun made 28 saves for the win.

The game was typically chippy for these two expansion rivals. The first period produced seven penalties, six by Columbus. Neither team score in the first 20 minutes and Nashville squandered five power-play chances.

In the second period Nashville wasted little time breaking the deadlock. J.P. Dumont skated in from the left side and beat goaltender Pascal Leclaire high to the glove side 11 seconds into the period for a power-play goal.

Shea Weber gave the Predators a 2-0 lead at 7:25, scoring on a one-timer.

Arnott found the net at 10:28 from the left circle and at 11:16 from high in the slot.

In the third period the teams went almost eight minutes without a shot on goal before Sergei Fedorov scored for Columbus at 7:52 on the power play. It was the first power-play goal in four games for the Blue Jackets.

Columbus cut the deficit to 4-2 at 11:23 when Vokoun skated behind the net to try to get control of the puck. Anson Carter blocked Vokoun's path to the crease and Dan Fritsche poked the puck into an empty net.

Game notes
With a goal and an assist, Dumont has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in three games. ... This was the second meeting between Nashville and Columbus in four days. They meet again Monday in Columbus. ... Fedorov has 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 39 career games against Nashville.

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