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Arnott scores twice for Predators; Blue Jackets lose again

Nov 19, 2006 - 3:46 AM
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (Ticker) -- The Columbus Blue Jackets are struggling to find answers against the Nashville Predators. And they Arnott out of the water yet.

Jason Arnott scored two of the Predators' four goals in the second period en route to a 4-2 triumph over the fading Blue Jackets.

J.P. Dumont and defenseman Shea Weber also tallied for Nashville, which has beaten Columbus twice in the last four days. The Central Division rivals meet again Monday at Nationwide Arena.

"We came out with pretty good energy and purpose," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "We caused them to take five penalties in the first period. We weren't able to score in the first, but we opened up some doors for us to capitalize in the second."

After a scoreless first period, the Predators tallied four times in the first 11:16 of the middle session, including three times with the man advantage.

Dumont scored a power-play goal just 11 seconds into the period and Weber tallied at 7:25 to double the cushion.

Arnott scored just over three minutes later on a one-timer from the left faceoff circle. He tacked on another at 11:16 on a slap shot from above the left circle to complete the offensive barrage.

"For me, it is absolutely a confidence booster," Arnott said. "No matter how old you are, when you get back on the board, it always helps. Last game, I had six or seven shots and nothing went in, it was getting a little frustrating. I was just playing my game and knew that it would eventually go in."

Tomas Vokoun turned aside 28 shots for Nashville, which went 3-for-10 with the man advantage in winning for the third time in its last four games.

"When we use our speed, we can create a lot of openings," Dumont said. "So, if we throw the puck at the net, we will have good things happen. ... We scored three big power-play goals in the second (period), that was huge for us."

Sergei Fedorov and Dan Fritsche scored in the third period, but the Blue Jackets still lost their fifth consecutive contest overall and third straight since Gary Agnew was named interim coach for the fired Gerard Gallant.

"Five-on-five, it was all right for us, but there wasn't a lot of 5-on-5 in the first 40 minutes," Agnew said. "A couple of shots went in and they got a pretty good lead to sit on."

Pascal Leclaire made 21 saves for Columbus, which committed 13 penalties, including six in the first period and five in the final session.

"If you keep getting into penalty trouble, you are going to get burned, and we did," Leclaire said. "We have to stop saying excuses and find a way to win one."

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