Series (Game 2 of 2)

Nashville leads 2-0

Game 1: Friday, September 23rd
Blue Jackets2Final
Game 2: Sunday, October 2nd
Blue Jackets1

Predators 4

(4-3-0, 8 pts)

Blue Jackets 1

(4-5-0, 8 pts)

7:00 PM ET, October 2, 2005

Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio

1 2 3 T
NSH 1 2 14
CBJ 0 0 11

Top Skaters

Nashville 4, Columbus 1

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Scott Walker and Ryan Suter each had a goal and an assist to lead Nashville to a 4-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

The teams were playing their final exhibitions before opening the season Wednesday night. The Predators host San Jose and Columbus plays at Washington.

Kimmo Timmonen and Steve Sullivan added goals for the Predators. Paul Kariya and Martin Erat each had two assists for Nashville, which went 4-3-0 during the exhibition season.

The Blue Jackets lost five of their last six during the preseason while going 3-6-0.

Tomas Vokoun had 24 saves but was seldom pressured. He helped the Predators weather more than a minute of a 5-on-3 Columbus power play late in the first period.

The Blue Jackets, 1 of 10 on the power play, were among the league's worst with a man advantage during the preseason, converting just 7 of 87 for 8 percent.

Vokoun lost his shutout with 7:30 left when Tyler Wright scored off assists from 2005 first-round draft pick Gilbert Brule and Jaroslav Suchy. Fighting to make the Columbus roster, Brule tied for the team lead in points (with five) with Nikolai Zherdev during the preseason.

Timonen opened the scoring, his shot from the right point slicing over goaltender Pascal Leclaire's shoulder before bouncing off the top bar and side post before nestling into the goal.

Suter's power-play goal came early in heavy traffic while Leclaire was down on the ice during a scrum. Late in the period, Walker jammed in his own rebound past Leclaire.

Walker's was the only Nashville goal at even strength. The Predators were 3 of 8 on the power play.

The Predators outshot Columbus 18-3 in the second period.

Sullivan scored on a one-timer off a pass from Kariya early in the third period.

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