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Jackets Lose Shootout To Predators, 4-3

by Staff Writer / Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Alexander Radulov scored the only shootout goal and Chris Mason stopped Rick Nash on the final shot of the tiebreaker, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday night.

Paul Kariya, J.P. Dumont and Vernon Fiddler scored in regulation for Central Division-leading Nashville, which won despite blowing a two-goal lead. The Predators, outshot 16-7 in the third period and 5-0 in overtime, ended a season-high four-game road losing streak and improved to 7-0 against the Blue Jackets this season.

Fredrik Modin and Ron Hainsey each had a goal and an assist, and Jody Shelley tallied for Columbus, which snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with their first win at Madison Square Garden. David Vyborny added two assists for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped nine of 12.

The Predators carried a 3-1 lead into the third period and seemed to be in control, but tough-guy Shelley smacked in his own rebound at 4:30 for his first goal in 73 games -- dating to March 15, 2006.

That energized the home crowd and the Blue Jackets, who responded six minutes later to make it 3-3 on Hainsey's blast from the slot through traffic. Columbus erased an early two-goal deficit at the New York Rangers on Saturday en route to a 3-2 win.

Nashville, during the second of Shelley's two first-period penalties, took a 1-0 lead. Martin Erat poked a loose rebound near the crease to Kariya for an easy jam score at 6:54. The goal gave Kariya his eighth 20-goal campaign in 12 seasons.

Columbus tied it on a power play carried over from the first period after a botched stick exchange by Nashville.

After Mason lost his stick on a save, Kimmo Timonen gave his to the goalie. Modin then broke past Timonen and tipped the puck in at 1:04 for his 14th.

Nashville, which has the NHL's third-best, penalty-killing unit, has allowed six man-advantage goals in three games.

The Predators responded with two goals in 1:52.

Radulov stole the puck from defenseman Aaron Johnson on a forecheck in the corner. He then slid a centering pass on his knees to Dumont, who redirected the puck past Fredrik Norrena at 2:19 to make it 2-1. The goal was Dumont's 16th and fourth in five games.

On the next goal at 4:11, David Legwand blocked Johnson's clearing attempt from the zone. He fired a shot that Fiddler deflected. Fiddler picked up his rebound and scored with a backhand.

Game notes
Columbus' Ken Hitchcock coached his 800th NHL game. He is 427-268-105. ... Predators C Peter Forsberg was held scoreless for the fourth time in five games since being acquired from Philadelphia on Feb. 15. ... Blue Jackets C Dan Fritsche left in the second period with a cut wrist and didn't return. ... Injured forwards Steve Sullivan and Scott Hartnell sat out for Nashville due to injuries.

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