Blue Jackets double up Predators, prevent Nashville from clinching

Winger Oliver Bjorkstrand delivers two key goals to help the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 win over the Nashville Predators.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Mikhail Grigorenko scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and lifted the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-2 comeback victory over Nashville, preventing the Predators from clinching a playoff spot Wednesday night.

Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals, including an empty-netter with less than a second remaining, and Jack Roslovic also scored for the Blue Jackets, who stopped a two-game skid and won for just the second time in 12 games. It also marked the fifth straight game (2-0-3) Columbus has earned a point.

Elvis Merzlikins ended with 30 saves for his eighth win.

Tanner Jeannot and Calle Jarnkrok scored for Nashville, which sits in fourth place in the Central Division. The Predators maintained a four-point lead over Dallas, which lost to Tampa Bay 6-2. The Stars have one game in hand.

Nashville took a 1-0 lead first on Jeannot’s first-period goal, but Roslovic pulled Columbus even with his 100th career point at 17:52.

Jarnkrok put the Predators back on top with 2:07 left in the second. But that lead was short-lived as Oliver Bjorkstrand tied it at 2 with a wrister from the right circle at 19:09.

Grigorenko put Columbus ahead for good at 13:50 of the third when he redirected Vladislav Gavrikov’s shot.

Juuse Saros stopped 23 shots for Nashville and gave up more than two goals for just the sixth time this season.


Predators: Home against Carolina on Friday night.

Blue Jackets: Home against Chicago on Friday night.

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