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.
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
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.