Blue Jackets tame the Predators

The Blue Jackets winless streak against the Nashville Predators came to an end Tuesday night with a 3-2 victory over their divisional foe.

The game was pretty quiet until the second period when Blue Jackets forward Derick Brassard put Columbus on the board 1-0 with a slapshot from the blue line.

In the third period, the Jackets would eventually go up 3-0 when Kristian Huselius and Fredrik Modin found the back of the net just :39 seconds apart from one another. Nashville would add on goals from Martin Erat and Patric Hornqvist but a failed effort to score with the goaltender pulled helped the Blue Jackets secure the 3-2 victory.

The Predators looked a bit sluggish but the Blue Jackets played well enough not to give up the lead in the third period. Defense for the Blue Jackets was solid tonight as starting goaltender Steve Mason finished the evening with 29 saves. Mason went on to make several key saves in the final minutes of the game and kept the Blue Jackets in this hockey game.

The Blue Jackets have played inconsistently but wins against their own division could help them make a run for the playoffs. The All-Star and Olympic breaks are approaching fast, however, there is still a lot of NHL hockey left to be played. With the Detroit Red Wings playing inconsistently and the St. Louis Blues in a rut they can’t seem to get out of, victories over Nashville and Chicago will be key to the Jackets making a late playoff run. The Jackets will have a tough schedule from here on out and will need to play with intensity and consistency.

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~ by jeffrsabo on January 27, 2010.

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