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Blankenberg helps Blue Jacket outrun the Predator

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Columbus — Nick Blankenberg With 1:23 remaining in the third period, the Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Thursday at Nationwide Arena.

Blankenburg scores from the right faceoff circle from a cross-ice pass. Jakub Voracek Make it 4-3. Johnny Gaudreau He scored his second goal of the game and Columbus’ fourth consecutive goal, going into an empty net with 46 seconds remaining to the 5-3 final.

“I fainted. It’s crazy,” said Blankenberg. “I don’t remember[the goal]either. It feels good.”

VIDEO: NSH@CBJ: Blankenberg hits home to take lead

Yegor Chinakhov 2 assists in 2 consecutive games Elvis Melzrikins He made 23 saves and won two in a row for the Blue Jackets (2-3-0). Blankenberg also assists.

Yakov Trenin When Tanner Janno Each has goals and assists, linemates Colton Sissons 2 assists (2-3-1) to the Predators who are losing 4 straight. Kevin Rankinen Recorded 37 saves.

“Even when they put pressure on us, we have to be more calm and confident going into the game,” Sissons said. “We can play without a lot of time and space just by trusting each other. We’re stuck under pressure.”

Video: NSH@CBJ: Gaudreau shoots home alone

Columbus trailed 3–1, finishing third before Gaudreau cut it to 3–2 with a breakaway 38 seconds off a pass from Blankenberg. Justin Danforth A drive to the net at 12:07 tied the game 3-3.

Columbus went on to win after two games in a row leading by two points. They beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday.

“We were pushing the whole second and third period,” said Gaudreau. “We had a lot of chances to score.

“It’s great to see them fight back like we did. Clearly, [falling behind] what needs to be changed. If it’s the 15th and 20th rounds and we’re still talking about it, that’s something to be a little concerned about.

Video: NSH@CBJ: Danforth moves and scores a clever goal

Jeannot gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 3:16 of the first period. Taking advantage of the turnover in the neutral zone, the Predators created a rush with Sissons shooting and Melz Rickins saving from the chest. The pack eventually got to Jeannot at the right post and he scored his second goal in the same number of games with two bangs.

Former Columbus forward Ryan Johansen At 10:45, he scored on a rebound to extend the lead to 2-0. Matthias EkholmJohansen was away from Melzlikins when he scored with a backhand.

Roman Joshi Nashville’s goal was disallowed at 4:29 of the second period when Columbus coach Brad Larsen challenged for offside.

Jake Bean At 16:09, the shot hit the left post and cut high to make it 2-1.

“We had a loose game,” Predators coach John Hines said. “I think we got up early in the game and gave up seven oddman rushes in the second period alone. [at] 5v5 and 2v2 power plays. …if you want to play that type of game, you can lose. ”

VIDEO: NSH@CBJ: Johansen doubles lead with backhand

Trenin won 3–1 at 17:38 before the Blue Jackets rallied.

“We knew we were playing well after the second period,” Danforth said. “We stuck with it. It felt good going into the third period. We didn’t panic.”

Blankenberg’s match-winner was the defense’s second goal in nine NHL games (seven last season).

“He’s a fun player to watch,” said Gaudreau. “It’s great to see a kid jump right out of college (University of Michigan) and into the NHL. He sees the ice very well. He’s physical and smart in the D-zone.

Note: After Johansen’s goal, the Predators had no shots on goal for a span of 9:51 until Joshi shot on a power play in the 36th second of the second period. …Gaudreau has scored six goals in his four-game scoring streak (four goals and two assists). All of his goals have been scored in his three home games for the Blue Jackets.