By Amanda DiPaolo
Jonathon Blum made his debut for the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night as the Predators got shutout by the Columbus Blue Jackets by a 4-0 score.
Blum saw 16:02 minutes of ice time, was a minus 1, had two hits and two blocked shots.
Columbus scored two power play goals despite being ranked the 28th best power play in the League.
The game was scoreless through 40 minutes but allowed four goals in the third period. Nashville’s netminder, Pekka Rinne moves to a 21-16-6 record, while 2009 Calder Trophy winner, Steve Mason, improves to 20-14-2 on the season.
It took Nashville 12 minutes before they registered their first shot on goal Tuesday night. It was the second game in a row where half the first period was over before the Predators recorded a single shot on the opposing goaltender.
Nashville started the second period killing off a penalty. Shane O’Brien was called for holding Derek Dorsett with just 12 seconds to play in the period.
The best scoring chance came when the Blue Jackets were on the power play midway through the middle frame when Shea Weber was called for tripping Columbus Captain Rick Nash.
Kris Russell passed the puck from the defensive zone through middle ice to RJ Umberger who was just behind the Predators defenders. On a breakaway, Umberger tried to deke Rinne, but was unable to fool the Finnish netminder.
From the start of the third period, however, the Predators completely fell apart.
Rick Nash scored his 28th goal of the year to get the Blue Jackets on the board. Nash skated down the side of the rink and cut in front of the net. Undefended in front of Rinne, Nash made it 1-0 Columbus when Kevin Klein skated behind the net instead of sticking with his man, Nash, allowing the Blue Jackets captain to collect his own rebound.
The goal came at just 1:11 into the third period.
O’Brien was called for roughing just two minutes after the goal and the Blue Jackets capitalized to take a 2-0 lead. Matt Calvert scored when Rinne went behind the net to play the puck but didn’t have control of it when Calvert picked it up and shoved it into an empty net at 4:29 of the final frame. The power play goal was Calvert’s sixth tally of the season.
The Blue Jackets went up 3-0 before the 10:00 minute mark of the third. From the boards, Russell fed Antoine Vermette right in front of the net. Vermette beat Rinne for his 15th goal of the season.
With just 1:28 left to play, Jared Boll and Jordin Tootoo fought each other. The much smaller Tootoo was assessed an extra penalty for cross checking, giving Columbus a power play to end the game.
Rick Nash picked up his second goal of the period and 29th of the game with 50 seconds remaining in regulation.
The loss was the third consecutive loss for the Predators at Nationwide Arena. The win for Columbus brings them up to 66 points, leaving Nashville stagnant at 70 points in the Western Conference standings.
The Predators play again on Thursday night when Chicago comes to Bridgestone Arena.
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