Preds pull away from Blue Jackets with late goals

Mike Fisher led the Predators past Columbus 4-1 on Monday night. Fisher scored two goals, which made a total of six goals he scored against the Blue Jackets this season.

Fisher’s first goal was the lone goal scored in the first period, in which he took advantage of an Erat steal right next to the net. Erat knocked the puck loose and tapped it ahead toward the net where Fisher finished the play with a score. Although there was no more scoring, the Predators had two empty power plays in the first period.

Rick Nash would answer to tie the game in the second period on a similar break away play. Fisher came back to take the lead for the Predators with under thirty seconds left in the period when he knocked a puck in off a rebound from a Shea Weber shot on the power play.

The Predators blew the game open in the third period, with goals by Matt Halischuk and Patric Hornqvist. Halischuk scored off assists from Craig Smith and Ryan Ellis and Hornqvist scored of assists from Ryan Suter and Martin Erat. Suter and Erat both ended the game with two assists for the Predators.

Rinne stopped 25 shots and has won 8 consecutive games. Nashville scored on two of their five power play attempts, while Columbus went 0-2. The Predators finish 5-0-1 in the season series against the Blue Jackets.

Nashville is on a three-game winning streak. The Predators play the Blackhawks tomorrow in Chicago at 7:30.