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Jackets Can't Hold Onto Early Lead

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets
(AP) -- Marek Zidlicky scored two power-play goals and added an assist to help the Nashville Predators snap a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Zidlicky's second goal tied the score 2-all at 12:22 of the first, and Scottie Upshall gave the Predators the lead for good 5:13 later. Martin Erat and Kimmo Timonen scored in the second period to seal Nashville's win.

Tomas Vokoun stopped 23 shots for the Predators.

Zidlicky opened the scoring 2:19 into the game with a one-timer from a few feet inside the blue line.

Columbus answered with a pair of goals in a span of 49 seconds. Rick Nash tied the score at 3:40 when he went up high from low inside the left circle. Nikolai Zherdev then got his team-leading 19th goal, scoring from the middle of the right circle on a wrist shot to put the Blue Jackets ahead.

Upshall got the game-winner at 17:35 of the second when he skated in behind Paul Kariya and put the rebound of Kariya's shot past Columbus goalie Marc Denis.

Denis stopped 31 shots and lost for just the third time in his last 10 starts.

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