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Jarnkrok, Rinne help Predators defeat Blue Jackets

Forward breaks tie in third period, goalie makes 35 saves for Nashville

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- Calle Jarnkrok broke a tie with 5:35 left in the third period, and the Nashville Predators defeated the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 at Nationwide Arena on Tuesday to complete a successful road swing.

The Predators (8-5-2) won their last three on a four-game trip after opening with a 4-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 1. 

"We played a lot of good teams on this trip," Predators defenseman Roman Josi said. "It didn't start the way we wanted to in San Jose but after that, you play those four teams and get six points, that's a pretty good trip. It gives us some momentum."


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Viktor Arvidsson had an empty-net goal with 16 seconds left to make it 3-1. He also assisted on the second-period goal by defenseman Matt Irwin.

The Predators have won four straight and six of seven against the Blue Jackets. Pekka Rinne made 35 saves for Nashville. He is 20-9-2 against Columbus in his NHL career.  

"I seem to see the puck pretty good," Rinne said. "Tonight, I gave up a few not so great rebounds and the guys were there for me."

Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno saw some positives, especially since Columbus was fatigued after a 5-3 loss at the New York Rangers on Monday. But the Blue Jackets weren't strong enough in front of the Predators net.

"We did a lot of good things," Foligno said. "We maybe could have got a little more traffic on him than we did. He was seeing everything. He's a good goalie. You have to make it hard on him. It was one of those games, the next team that scores wins. It happened to be them."

Video: NSH@CBJ: Irwin roofs wrist shot from left circle

The Blue Jackets (9-6-1) are 0-2-1 in the past three games.

Columbus rookie forward Pierre-Luc Dubois tied the game 1-1 at 4:37 of third period with his second goal and first since opening night against the New York Islanders on Oct. 6. He stripped the puck from P.K. Subban at center ice and scored on a breakaway.

"I read it," Dubois said. "It all happened so fast so I decided to go on him. Any other night it might have been a mistake. I'm just happy it went in."

Jarnkrok scored his second of the season at 14:25 with a rebound from the slot after a shot by Miikka Salomaki to make it 2-1. The play withstood a challenge by the Blue Jackets of goaltender interference on Joonas Korpisalo, who made 26 saves.
Irwin gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 12:36 of the second after Arvidsson did the work along the right wall. He shirked a check and skated through the bottom of the circle, placing a cross-ice pass to an open Irwin for a shot under the crossbar.

Irwin has two goals in the past three games.

Columbus, which allowed three goals on five Rangers power plays, killed all four Nashville tries.

"Penalty kill played really well tonight," Blue Jackets defenseman Seth Jones said. "We didn't let them get set up that much."

Nashville was also 4-for-4 on the kill, including a tripping penalty to Filip Forsberg with 5:10 left in the third period.

"There's a factor of desperation," Rinne said. "That's what you need when you play in other team's buildings."

Center Kyle Turris, acquired Sunday in a trade with the Colorado Avalanche via three-team deal with the Ottawa Senators, has not joined the Predators while waiting for the immigration process to be completed.

Video: NSH@CBJ: Rinne robs Foligno with fantastic glove save


Goal of the game

Jarnkrok's goal at 14:25 of the third period.

Video: NSH@CBJ: Jarnkrok buries rebound past Korpisalo


Save of the game

Rinne stopped a Jones slap shot through traffic with 55 seconds left in the third period.

Video: NSH@CBJ: Rinne denies Jones' slap shot from the point

Highlight of the game

Dubois' goal at 4:37 of the third period.

Video: NSH@CBJ: Dubois steals puck, roofs backhand on break


They said it

"Step by step he's getting better and better. He's feeling more confident. His legs are moving. He's won a lot of puck battles of late so we're beginning to see a little bit of what he is." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on rookie forward Pierre-Luc Dubois, the third selection in the 2016 NHL Draft


"Kyle coming here provides some motivation. Guys realize what's at stake as far as ice time and opportunities and situational play. It can push your team internally to be better every day. -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on the impending arrival of center Kyle Turris


Need to know

Forward Scott Hartnell, who played 234 games for the Blue Jackets from 2014-17, made his first appearance in Columbus since signing with Nashville on July 1. … Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson (lower body and illness) returned after missing four games. … Blue Jackets defenseman Gabriel Carlsson played for the first time in 12 games. He missed the first 10 with an upper-body injury and was a healthy scratch on Monday. He replaced forward Zac Dalpe. 


What's next

Predators: Host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday (8 p.m. ET; FS-TN, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV)

Blue Jackets: Host the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday (7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-CR, NHL.TV)


Video: Rinne makes 35 saves in 3-1 win vs. Blue Jackets

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