NHL Game Summary - Columbus at Nashville|
(Saturday, March 8th)
Final Score: Columbus 1, Nashville 0
Nashville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves and Artem
Anisimov tallied the game's lone goal as the Columbus Blue Jackets shut out
the Nashville Predators, 1-0, on Saturday.
Anisimov entered the neutral zone on the rush and dropped a pass back to James
Wisniewski. The defenseman quickly pushed the puck back up to Anisimov, who
rushed in on net with a power move and backhanded a shot past Nashville
netminder Pekka Rinne.
"I thought the guys were great tonight," said Blue Jackets head coach Todd
Richards. "First period they (Predators) came out hard and kind of put us on
our heels a little bit. We had some guys step up and make plays. I thought
after that point our guys did a great job."
Corey Tropp and Wisniewski picked up the helpers on Anisimov's 19th of the
season that set a new career-high for the forward and gave the Blue Jackets
their fourth win in their past five games.
Rinne turned aside 35 shots, but received no offensive support as the
Predators dropped their fourth straight game and seventh of their last eight
"We played strong as a team, we never quit," said Rinne. "It's a good sign,
but obviously right now the only thing we care about is getting points."
Columbus had a good opportunity to break the scoreless deadlock in the second
after Viktor Stalberg took a double minor for high-sticking R.J. Umberger, but
the Predators successfully killed off the four-minute penalty.
Nashville pulled Rinne with under two minutes remaining, but could not
capitalize on multiple scoring chances with the extra man. Shea Weber's shot
was blocked and Fisher's turn-around attempt hit the far post. Colin Wilson
then missed an empty net on a wrister that Bobrovsky quickly smothered.
Bobrovsky earned his third shutout of the season ... Anisimov has six goals in
his last six games ... The Blue Jackets announced earlier on Saturday that
defenseman Ryan Murray would miss 4-to-6 weeks after undergoing knee surgery
... Nashville outshot the Columbus, 14-5, in the first, and the Blue Jackets
held a 15-4 shot advantage in the second.
03/09 03:42:05 ET