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Columbus 5, Nashville 2
When: 8:00 PM ET, Saturday, March 30, 2019
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee
Referees: Wes McCauley, Graham Skilliter
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Brian Murphy
Attendance: 17751

Cam Atkinson scored twice to tie the franchise record for goals in a season and Artemi Panarin collected four assists to set a Blue Jackets record for points in a campaign as visiting Columbus beat the Nashville Predators 5-2 Saturday night and remain in a playoff spot.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 23 shots for Columbus (44-30-4, 92 points), which has won four straight and is one point back of the Carolina Hurricanes for the first wild card spot.

Columbus is tied with the Montreal Canadiens, but holds the second wild card spot with the tiebreaker.

Nashville's two-game winning streak was snapped on a night the Predators (44-29-6, 94 points) failed to take advantage of an opportunity to claim top the spot in the Central Division.

Atkinson's tally 50 seconds into the game, finding the mark while on a rush with Panarin, was his 40th of the season, making him just the second Blue Jackets player to reach that plateau.

In keeping with the theme of franchise records, Nashville's Viktor Arvidsson pulled his team even exactly eight minutes later with his 33rd goal of the season, which equals the standard set by Jason Arnott and Filip Forsberg. Arvidsson has missed 24 games due to injury.

But Columbus controlled the game from there. David Savard restored the visitors' lead at the 15:58 mark of the opening frame, and then Oliver Bjorkstrand tallied with 1.9 seconds remaining in the period to make it 3-1.

Forsberg scored on a rebound at 12:14 of the second period to make it a one-goal game, but Boone Jenner's breakaway goal 74 seconds later gave Columbus the lead for good.

Atkinson notched his 41st goal of the year, which equals the amount Rick Nash netted in 2003-04, with just over four minutes remaining in the middle frame, which gave Panarin his fourth helper of the game and 83 points on the season.

Atkinson had a golden chance for the hat trick with a third period penalty shot, but was denied.

Juuse Saros made 27 saves for Nashville.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Columbus   Nashville
Artemi Panarin 4 Points Viktor Arvidsson 1
Cam Atkinson 2 Goals Viktor Arvidsson 1
Artemi Panarin 4 Assists P.K. Subban 1
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals Viktor Arvidsson 1
Sergei Bobrovsky .920 Save Percentage Juuse Saros .844
Sergei Bobrovsky 23 Saves Juuse Saros 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Columbus 32 5 0-5 2-2 4 21
Nashville 25 2 0-2 5-5 10 40
Upcoming Games
  • Nashville will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Predators have a W/L % of .578 after a win and .529 after a loss.
  • Columbus will play their next game on the road against Buffalo. The Blue Jackets have a W/L % of .488 after a win and .657 after a loss.