PREDATORS 4, BLUE JACKETS 1



Predators 4, Blue Jackets 1
COLUMBUS -- Jerred Smithson had his first career two-goal game and Nashville won its fifth straight. Paul Kariya and Shea Weber also scored for the Predators, who have won 13 of their last 16 and all five games against Columbus this season. Scott Nichol added two assists. Chris Mason had 39 saves -- two short of a career high -- for Nashville, which was outshot 22-4 in a scoreless third period and 40-17 overall. Ron Hainsey had the only goal for Columbus.
Blues 6, Kings 5
ST. LOUIS -- Los Angeles' Yutaka Fukufuji became the first Japanese native to play in the NHL, but he allowed Denis Wideman's power-play goal midway through the third period. Fukufuji entered to start the third in relief of Barry Brust, who gave up five goals. Fukufuji faced five shots, but gave up Wideman's goal 7:32 into the period that gave the Blues a 6-4 lead. Wideman also assisted on a second-period goal by Keith Tkachuk and on Martin Rucinsky's score in the first -- both on the power play. The Blues took the lead for good on Doug Weight's goal late in the second period, when his fifth of the season gave the Blues a 5-4 advantage.
Senators 8, Canadiens 3
OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson had a goal and four assists, and Chris Kelly had a career-high four points in Ottawa's win. Dany Heatley added a goal and two assists as Ottawa scored four goals in each of the first two periods to match its season high for goals in a game. Wade Redden, Antoine Vermette, Mike Comrie, Patrick Eaves and Andrej Meszaros also scored for the Senators.
Rangers 3, Bruins 1
NEW YORK -- Martin Straka tied All-Star Brendan Shanahan for the New York goal lead, and Jed Ortmeyer scored on a late penalty shot to give the Rangers the victory. Michael Nylander gave the Rangers a short-lived lead in the first period before Marc Savard tied it less than a minute later. Straka put New York ahead for good in the second with his 24th goal. Ortmeyer, playing in his sixth game after missing 40 while recovering from a pulmonary embolism, netted his first goal on his first career penalty shot.
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