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Columbus 4, Nashville 3
When: 7:00 PM ET, Thursday, January 10, 2019
Where: Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Dan O'Rourke
Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Brad Kovachik
Attendance: 17065

Artemi Panarin scored two power-play goals, including the game-winner 1:22 into overtime, to lift the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 4-3 win over the visiting Nashville Predators on Thursday.

Boone Jenner also scored twice, Zach Werenski recorded two assists, and Columbus coach John Tortorella earned his 600th win -- the most ever by a U.S.-born coach and two more than Nashville's Peter Laviolette.

Nick Bonino, Viktor Arvidsson and Mattias Ekholm had goals for the Predators, whose three-game winning streak came to an end. However, Nashville earned at least one point for the seventh game in a row (5-0-2).

Columbus improved to 9-3-1 in its past 13 games and 14-3-1 following a loss. The Blue Jackets' record on Thursdays moved to 12-0-0, tying the longest winning streak to start a season on any specific day in NHL history.

In a matchup of Finnish goaltenders, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 30 shots for Columbus. Fellow Finn Pekka Rinne -- playing in his 600th NHL game -- made 29 saves. Rinne started and finished both ends of a back-to-back set for the first time since November 2015.

Korpisalo received the nod because the Blue Jackets announced earlier that No. 1 goalie Sergei Bobrovsky had been removed from the roster. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen did not say Bobrovsky had been suspended, but the punishment was stiff.

Tortorella pulled the two-time Vezina Trophy winner almost 49 minutes into a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay on Tuesday when Bobrovsky allowed the fourth goal. Kekalainen issued a statement that discussed his club's culture, saying the netminder had "failed to meet those expectations and values."

In the first period, a pass by Josh Anderson hopped past Ekholm's stick and over to Jenner, who backhanded his seventh goal at 6:26 for a 1-0 lead. Jenner ended his 14-game drought without a tally.

Bonino finally put Nashville on the board with his ninth marker at 4:31 on the third period just after Columbus killed the game's first power play. Ekholm earned an assist.

Panarin broke the 1-1 tie at 13:14 of the third period on Columbus' first man advantage, and Jenner scored his second goal of the game just 11 seconds later for a 3-1 lead.

However, Arvidsson and Ekholm scored goals 38 seconds apart to tie the game at 3 with 4:15 remaining. Ekholm has a five-game point streak (three goals, six assists)

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Nashville   Columbus
Mattias Ekholm 2 Points Boone Jenner 2
Mattias Ekholm 1 Goals Boone Jenner 2
Mattias Ekholm 1 Assists Zach Werenski 2
N/A Power Play Goals Artemi Panarin 2
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Pekka Rinne .879 Save Percentage Joonas Korpisalo .914
Pekka Rinne 29 Saves Joonas Korpisalo 32
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Nashville 35 3 0-2 0-2 4 32
Columbus 33 4 2-2 2-2 4 36
Upcoming Games
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Washington. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .417 after a win and .789 after a loss.
  • Nashville will play their next game on the road against Carolina. The Predators have a W/L % of .643 after a win and .500 after a loss.