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Rick Nash scores twice as Blue Jackets beat Predators 5-3

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rick Nash scored twice and rookies Nikita Filatov and Jake Voracek added the fastest goals in franchise history in the Columbus Blue Jackets' 5-3 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.

The victory ended Nashville's string of 16 consecutive games with a point against Columbus (15-0-1). It was the longest active streak in an NHL regular-season series.

Filatov - an 18-year-old playing in his first career NHL game - and Voracek scored eight seconds apart in the opening period as the Blue Jackets took a 3-0 lead. Nash had opened the scoring, then added his second goal in the opening minute of the second period to push the lead to 4-0.

The victory could be costly for the Blue Jackets, who lost goalie Pascal Leclaire with just over five minutes left. He stopped a hard shot with the palm side of his blocker, then left the ice in pain while holding out his bare right hand.

The Predators made things interesting by scoring twice in 11 seconds midway through the second period on goals by Greg de Vries and Scott Nichol, before J.P. Dumont scored early in the third period to narrow the gap to a goal.

But Jason Chimera jammed in a shot during a scrum midway through the final period.

The Predators were playing their fourth road game in five starts, while Columbus was playing its first at home after opening with a three-game Western road trip. The Predators came in 9-1-1 in their last 11 games at Nationwide Arena.

Nashville had chances to score in the opening minutes while taking the first five shots and getting a takeaway or two.

Instead, Nash made it 1-0 when he took a nifty cross-ice pass from Kristian Huselius and slid the puck inside the near post.

Fredrik Modin set up Filatov's first goal, mucking the puck out of the corner and carrying it behind the net while dogged by a defender, then sliding a centring pass that Filatov buried with a one-timer from the slot. He celebrated with a fist pump while gliding to the short boards on one knee.

Before that goal could be announced, Voracek netted his second of the season when he chipped in a centring pass from yet another Columbus rookie, Derick Brassard.

That spelled the end for Nashville's starting goalie Pekka Rinne, who was replaced by Dan Ellis after giving up the three goals on just eight shots.

Nash converted his second on the power play, scoring off a give-and-go from Huselius 23 seconds into the second period.

After deVries beat Leclaire on the glove side on a slap shot from the top of the circle, Nichol rocketed in from the right wing and slid a soft goal past Leclaire. The goals, 11 seconds apart, were the second-fastest in Nashville's decade in the NHL.

Dumont's goal off an assist from Joel Ward cut the lead to one.

Chimera then scored during a pileup in front of the net.

The only damper for a crowd of 17,930 was the injury to Leclaire, who had nine shutouts a year ago.

Notes: Before the game, the Blue Jackets remembered team founder and principal owner John H. McConnell, who died last spring at the age of 84. A banner bearing his name and initials was lifted to the rafters. ... Columbus D Mike Commodore played the 300th game of his career. ... The previous fastest two Columbus goals took 14 seconds when David Vyborny and Sergei Fedorov scored in the third period against Los Angeles more than two years ago. ... The only faster two-goal span by the Predators was by Paul Kariya and Darcy Hordichuk eight seconds apart on Jan. 21, 2006 - against Columbus.

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