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Blue Jackets rally to top Predators

Sep 27, 2008 - 1:55 AM COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ticker) -- R.J. Umberger and Kristian Huselius made excellent first impressions with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Umberger and Huselius each scored in their debut with the team and Jakub Voracek added a goal and an assist as the Blue Jackets skated to a 4-3 preseason victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday.

Acquired in an offseason trade from Philadelphia, Umberger forged a 1-1 tie midway through the first period. Huselius, who signed a four-year, $19 million contract as a free agent during the summer, gave the Blue Jackets a 4-2 lead with 3:28 remaining in the third.

With Columbus trailing, 2-1, Voracek scored a power-play goal on a wraparound at 4:40 of the second session. Just 39 seconds later, Andrew Murray deflected a shot while stationed at the top of the crease to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 lead.

After Huselius doubled the advantage, Geoff Peters tallied with 88 seconds left in the third, drawing Nashville within a goal.

Captain Rick Nash recorded an assist in his preseason debut and defenseman Kris Russell set up a pair of tallies for Columbus.

Martin Erat and blue-liner Shea Weber added goals and defenseman Ryan Suter notched two assists for the Predators.

Pascal Leclaire made 18 saves for the Blue Jackets. Dan Ellis allowed three goals on 21 shots over two periods for Nashville before being replaced by Drew MacIntyre, who turned aside three of the four shots he faced in the third.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 2 0 1 3
    COLUMBUS 1 2 1 4 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - MARTIN ERAT 1 (RYAN JONES, RYAN SUTER) 6:02
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, KRIS RUSSELL) 12:05
    NAS - (PP) SHEA WEBER 1 (RYAN SUTER, MARTIN ERAT) 14:21
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) JAKUB VORACEK 1 (RICK NASH, FEDOR

    Sep 26 9:30 PM


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    NASHVILLE 3
    COLUMBUS 4
    3RD PRD: NAS - GEOFF PETERS 1 (JORDIN TOOTOO) 18:32

    Predators 3, Blue Jackets 4  3rd - 1:28Sep 26 9:24 PM
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    Predators 3, Blue Jackets 4  3rd - 1:28Sep 26 9:24 PM


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    NASHVILLE 2
    COLUMBUS 4
    3RD PRD: COB - KRISTIAN HUSELIUS 1 (DERRICK BRASSARD, KRIS RUSSELL)
    16:32

    Predators 2, Blue Jackets 4  3rd - 3:28Sep 26 9:19 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 2 0 2
    COLUMBUS 1 2 3 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - MARTIN ERAT 1 (RYAN JONES, RYAN SUTER) 6:02
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, KRIS RUSSELL) 12:05
    NAS - (PP) SHEA WEBER 1 (RYAN SUTER, MARTIN ERAT) 14:21
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) JAKUB VORACEK 1 (RIC

    Sep 26 8:35 PM


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    NASHVILLE 2
    COLUMBUS 3
    2ND PRD: COB - ANDREW MURRAY 1 (JAN HEJDA, JASON CHIMERA) 5:19

    Predators 2, Blue Jackets 3  2nd - 14:41Sep 26 8:15 PM


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    NASHVILLE 2
    COLUMBUS 2
    2ND PRD: COB - (PP) JAKUB VORACEK 1 (RICK NASH, FEDOR TYUTIN) 4:40

    Predators 2, Blue Jackets 2  2nd - 15:20Sep 26 8:10 PM


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    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    NASHVILLE 2 2
    COLUMBUS 1 1 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: NAS - MARTIN ERAT 1 (RYAN JONES, RYAN SUTER) 6:02
    COB - R.J. UMBERGER 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, KRIS RUSSELL) 12:05
    NAS - (PP) SHEA WEBER 1 (RYAN SUTER, MARTIN ERAT) 14:21
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOT

    Sep 26 7:43 PM


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    NASHVILLE 2
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: NAS - (PP) SHEA WEBER 1 (RYAN SUTER, MARTIN ERAT) 14:21
    (TWO-MAN ADVANTAGE)

    Predators 2, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 5:39Sep 26 7:35 PM


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    NASHVILLE 1
    COLUMBUS 1
    1ST PRD: COB - R.J. UMBERGER 1 (JAKUB VORACEK, KRIS RUSSELL) 12:05

    Predators 1, Blue Jackets 1  1st - 7:55Sep 26 7:29 PM


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    NASHVILLE 1
    COLUMBUS 0
    1ST PRD: NAS - MARTIN ERAT 1 (RYAN JONES, RYAN SUTER) 6:02

    Predators 1, Blue Jackets 0  1st - 13:58Sep 26 7:18 PM