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Karlsson seals Blue Jackets' OT win over Predators

Bjorkstrand, Milano record multi-point outings at a crucial time

by Rob Mixer @RobMixer /

Postgame: William Karlsson

Karlsson on his game-winner in Nashville

Karlsson on his game-winner in Nashville

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NASHVILLE - The Blue Jackets were giving their training camp tryouts, their young players and those on the bubble one final opportunity to make their case.

John Tortorella told reporters on Monday that the final two preseason rosters would be laden with their projected opening night roster - or as close as they'll be to it with a week left in camp. The good news is that after Tuesday's overtime win over the Predators, they may need more time to ponder those decisions.

William Karlsson scored the game-winning goal courtesy of a terrific heads-up play by Sonny Milano at the blue line, swatting his own rebound past Pekka Rinne to bump Columbus to 3-2-0 in exhibition play.

On the winner, Milano was pressured high in the zone and nearly turned the puck over, but recovered quickly and zipped a pass to Karlsson, who had swung down to the high slot. Karlsson pulled Rinne out of the net, hit the post with the first attempt and cashed in on the rebound.

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And all around, it was encouraging.

Anton Forsberg started the game and was under siege in the first period. He made 10 saves in the first 20 minutes and 11 in the first half of the second period before, as scheduled, he was relieved by Joonas Korpisalo.

Without the goaltenders - and Forsberg was particularly sharp - the game could have gotten out of hand.

Oliver Bjorkstrand, who was quite noticeable and had the puck a lot, opened the scoring only 1:36 into the game. PK Subban turned the puck over and Bjorkstrand was all over it, walking down the right side and snapping a quick shot over Rinne's left shoulder for a 1-0 lead.

In the second period, Zach Werenski's first goal of the preseason made it 2-0 and it came on the power play. Bjorkstrand curled up high and hit Werenski with a one-time pass, and the low bullet shot eluded Rinne on the stick side.

Werenski played 24:54 - second most among all players behind David Savard - and his three shots were tied for most on the Columbus side.

"He skates out of trouble," said assistant coach Brad Larsen on Werenski. "He seems to make the right plays…he makes our power play better."

PK Subban (shorthanded) and Viktor Arvidsson scored for Nashville to send the game beyond regulation.

The Blue Jackets' next preseason game is Thursday against the Boston Bruins at Nationwide Arena.

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