Not exactly how you want to start off three games in four nights. But hey, they’ll take the point.
In front of 17,113 at Bridgestone Arena, the Nashville Predators squandered two one-goal leads and then eventually lost in a shootout to the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.
“It always feels like a loss when you lose at home in a shootout,” Head Coach Barry Trotz said. “But, hey, every point is going to be critical.”
Pekka Rinne was outstanding, collecting 26 saves in the loss. His counterpart, Sergei Bobrovsky, turned aside 32 Nashville shots en route to his first victory since April 1, 2012 when he was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers.
It didn’t take long to get things started. Preds winger Martin Erat carried in from the blueline and wired a wrister through Bobrovsky from the slot to give Nashville the 1-0 lead.
Late in the opening frame, however, the Blue Jackets answered. Erat took a penalty and, on the ensuing Columbus power play, Fedor Tyutin fired a rocket from the blueline t...