On December 8, a criminal act went unreported at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Toward the end of the game, the Blue Jackets looked assured of a rare victory of the visiting Nashville Predators. Columbus had led the entire game was leading 3-1 with under two minutes left in the contest.
The beginning of the crime started with 96 seconds left in the game when Patric Hornqvist put a shot past Curtis Sanford. With 13 seconds left, Sergei Kostitsyn, with the Predators on the power play, scored a marker to send the the game to overtime.
The crime was finished off 1:45 into overtime when Colin Wilson put a wrister into the net to steal the 4-3 win for the visiting Preds
in one of the most dramatic changes of events in team history.
The game was another oddity in the long domination that Nashville has had over Columbus in their eleven season divisional rivalry. The Predators have dominated the series 47-14-(4)-2 and are 29-5-3 since the 2006-7 season.
The Predators had won an amazing 17 games in a row against the Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena. The streak came to a grinding halt on November 19 of this season when Columbus beat Nashville 4-3 in overtime
Once again, Columbus is ripe for the picking when the Predators hit the ice as they have won eight of their last ten and 14 of their last 19 games. Their 3-0 loss to the best team in the NHL, the New York Rangers, was not a 'bad" loss for the team.
With Ryan Suter injured and Pekka Rinne taking the night off, it was like playing a top team with one hand tied behind their back. There is little reason that the Predators should not pick up where they left off and start a new win streak in spite of the continuing absence of Suter.
Columbus has had nothing go their way this season. Entering the year, they had high hopes for the season with free agent acquisitions Jeff Carter, James Wisniewski, and Vinnie Prospal ready to bolster their line-up and hopefully send them to the playoffs.
Before the season started Wisniewski has suspended for ten games and ex-Pred Mark Dekanick, who was set to back up Steve Mason in net, was injured and is yet to play his first game as a jacket.