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Torres and Mason lift Blue Jackets over Predators with 2-1 win @NHLdotcom

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Raffi Torres scored early in the third period and Steve Mason made the go-ahead goal stand up as the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 Tuesday night in a key Western Conference showdown.

Michael Peca and Torres came in on a 2-on-1 against defenceman Shea Weber, and Peca's shot resulted in a short rebound. Torres jamming the puck past goalie Pekka Rinne with a backhander at 4:05 for his fourth goal in six games.

R.J. Umberger also scored for the Blue Jackets, who are sixth in the West with 86 points, four ahead of Nashville and five in front of eighth-place St. Louis.

Cal O'Reilly gave the Predators a lead midway through the first period.

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