Final OT

Series (Game 6 of 6)

Nashville leads 4-2

Game 1: Saturday, October 18th
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Game 2: Wednesday, November 26th
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Game 3: Thursday, December 4th
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Game 4: Thursday, January 29th
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Game 5: Monday, February 16th
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Game 6: Saturday, March 27th
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Blue Jackets 3

(24-42-4, 60 pts)

Predators 2

(35-28-4, 85 pts)

8:00 PM ET, March 27, 2004

Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

1 2 3 OT T
CBJ 0 1 1 13
NSH 0 2 0 02

T. Wright (Blue Jackets - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

A. Johansson (Predators - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

R. Nash (Blue Jackets - LW): Goals: 1, Assists: 1

Preds, Blues, Oilers tangled at bottom of race

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tyler Wright scored 2:03 into overtime, and the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 Saturday night for their fourth straight victory.

The Predators extended their home winless skid to five straight and missed an opportunity to move into sole possession of seventh place in the Western Conference. Nashville blew a 2-0 lead and has not won at home since beating the New York Rangers 2-1 on Feb. 28.

Nashville has 85 points and is tied with St. Louis, a 4-3 overtime winner over Chicago, and idle Edmonton. St. Louis has 36 victories, Nashville 35, and Edmonton 34.

Nikolai Zherdev forced overtime with his power-play goal at 14:05 of the third, and Rick Nash scored his NHL-leading 40th goal this season and had an assist in helping Columbus win for only the seventh time away from home.

Andreas Johansson had a goal and an assist for Nashville, and rookie Dan Hamhuis had a goal.

Nashville had every chance to beat Columbus for the fifth time in the season series finale, but the Predators went 0-for-7 on the power play.

Zherdev tied it with his 12th this season, and Columbus goalie Marc Denis should have gotten an assist.

Denis skated out to the left circle to knock the puck away from Nashville forward Steve Sullivan on a short-handed breakaway. Sullivan tried to pass to a teammate, but the Blue Jackets intercepted. Nash fed the puck to Zherdev to tie the game.

Still, Nashville had two more power plays to try to pull out the victory but couldn't get past Denis, who stopped 35 shots.

Hamhuis, a healthy scratch in Thursday night's 4-2 victory over the Rangers, put Nashville up 1-0 with his seventh goal midway through the second. He scored on a one-timer under Denis' right leg after Johansson found him with a cross-ice pass at the front edge of the left circle.

Johansson gave Nashville a 2-0 lead at 15:51 of the period when he scored his 12th by putting back a rebound of Scott Walker's shot from in front of the crease.

But Nash made it 2-1 as he scored from the slot off a pass from Andrew Cassels at 18:44 of the second. He became the first teenager with 40 goals in a season since Jimmy Carson had 55 goals in 1987-88.

Game notes

Columbus forward Manny Malhotra, who scored two goals in a period in beating Nashville on Feb. 16, was not in the lineup. He sat out after taking a slap shot off his right ankle last Wednesday. ... Sullivan has five assists in three games, and Walker has four points in three. ... Cassels extended his streak to three assists in three games. ... Nashville fell to 26-2-3-3 when leading after two periods. ... Columbus D Rostislav Klesla played in his 200th NHL game.

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