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Martin Erat scores twice to lift Predators over Blue Jackets 6-3

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Martin Erat scored two goals to lead the Nashville Predators to a 6-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Shea Weber added a goal and three assists, and Dan Ellis made 24 saves to help the Predators rebound from a 5-3 loss in Columbus on Friday night.

Joel Ward, David Legwand and Rich Peverley also scored for Nashville. Jason Chimera, Marc Methot and Rick Nash scored for Columbus.

The Predators have won nine straight home games against Columbus. The loss Friday night ended Nashville's string of 16 games with a point against Columbus (15-0-1). It was the longest active streak in an NHL regular-season series.

Legwand opened the scoring at 6:30 of the first period. He won a faceoff in the left circle, headed to the slot and deflected Weber's slap shot from the right point past goalie Fredrik Norrena.

Erat and Joel Ward also scored first-period goals for Nashville.

Erat's goal at 5:26 of the second period made it 4-0. After the goal, Norrena, 0-9-1 against Nashville, gave way to Dan LaCosta in goal. LaCosta was recalled after Pascal Leclaire bruised his right thumb in the third period Friday night.

Chimera and Methot scored just over six minutes apart in the second to cut it to 4-2.

Weber and Peverley scored early third-period goals for Nashville. Nash's fourth goal of the season completed the scoring.

Notes: After being held pointless in seven games against Nashville last season, Nash has three goals in the two games this season. ... Columbus' last victory in Nashville was a 3-1 decision on April 3, 2006. ... Nashville captain Jason Arnott missed his third consecutive game because of a broken ring finger on his right hand.

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