Predators fire away, fail to crack Bobrovsky
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Sergei Bobrovsky made 39 saves in his 12th career shutout, Boone Jenner and Ryan Johansen each had a goal and an assist and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 4-0 on Friday night.
Gregory Campbell and Scott Hartnell also scored and Columbus won for the fourth time in five games.
Pekka Rinne had been excellent recently but surrendered goals on Columbus' first two shots 1 minute, 41 seconds apart. The Blue Jackets scored three times on their first nine shots but were outshot 39-18.
Columbus lost both Cody Goloubef (broken jaw) and Fedor Tyutin (upper-body injury) late in the first period, forcing it to go the rest of the game with only four defensemen.
"They seemed to me that they got stronger as the game went on," Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said. "Those four and Bob, you couldn't ask for any more as far as how they handled themselves."
•EXTRA TIME? NO PROBLEM: The Calgary Flames improved to 5-0, with one shootout loss, in six overtime games when Johnny Gaudreau's highlight-reel goal 1:38 into the extra period gave them a 2-1 victory over the Blackhawks in Chicago.
•LONG OVERDUE: Leon Draisaitl and Taylor Hall each had a goal and two assists for the host Edmonton Oilers beat the New Jersey Devils 5-1 and ended a three-game losing streak.
•NO CALM FOR HURRICANES: Carolina lost its fifth in a row, 2-1 to the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto's Nazem Kadri tied it 1-1 with 3:33 left, before Joffrey Lupul beat Cam Ward in the fifth round of the shootout. Defenseman Jaccob Slavin made his NHL debut for Carolina, marking the first time in franchise history the club dressed six defensemen from the United States.
•WINGS OVER KINGS: Mike Green and Dylan Larkin put Detroit ahead with second-period goals and Petr Mrazek made 35 saves to lift the host Red Wings over the Los Angeles Kings 3-2.
•PRICE RETURNS A WINNER: Vezina Trophy winner Carey Price returned from an eight-game injury absence and made 33 saves, helping the Montreal Canadiens beat the Islanders 5-3 in New York. Jeff Petry had two goals forr the Canadiens (15-4-2).