COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Calle Jarnkrok scored within the first and third classes, Pekka Rinne made 21 saves and the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 on Saturday evening to split a two-sport series.

The Predators broke a 2-2 tie with two targets within the first 45 seconds of the third period. Jarnkrok beat Elvis Merzlikins from the slot 16 seconds in, and Filip Forsberg followed along with his crew-leading eighth aim, taking it to the secure by technique of two defenders after a faceoff.

Colton Sissons also scored for Nashville, which acquired for correct form the 2nd time within the closing seven games.

“I say it became as soon as doubtlessly our most fascinating sport of the season, in case you look at three classes,” Jarnkrok stated, “I say we had a shrimp bit dip there within the 2nd, but rather than that we performed big. I basically feel love we performed hockey all another time, so it became as soon as good.”

Gabriel Carlsson got his first NHL aim, Boone Jenner also scored and Merzlikins had 35 saves for the Blue Jackets before leaving the game after falling tough early within the third period. He became as soon as changed by Joonas Korpisalo, who stopped all six photos he faced over the closing 17-plus minutes.

Jarnkrok scored the first one for Nashville with eight seconds left in a vitality play, riding a rebounded puck past Merzlikins in traffic with 7: 02 left within the first period. Luke Kunin’s very just correct scurry from the nook location up your doorstep form for Sissons, giving the Predators a 2-0 lead at the first destroy.

Columbus couldn’t file a shot on aim for the closing 15 minutes of the first period, and did now not derive one other one unless Jenner related for a temporary-handed aim at 3: 46 of the 2nd. Lower than two minutes later, Carlsson’s first NHL aim — a backdoor faucet-in off an Oliver Bjorkstrand feed — tied the rating.

Nashville got the two rapidly third-period targets and Rinne held off the Blue Jackets, who had been outshot 45-23 within the game.

“After we had been ready to derive to the offensive zone, we had been ready to hem them in,” Forsberg stated. “Clearly, they derive two targets within the 2nd, but it didn’t basically switch our sport the least bit. I say we performed the the same technique by technique of 60 minutes and got rewarded with a gargantuan hold.”

ELVIS KEEPS IT CLOSE

After shutting out the Predators 3-0 on Thursday, Merzlikins made some big stops Saturday and saved the game nearby amid multiple defensive lapses by the Blue Jackets and a season-high selection of photos by Nashville.

“If it wasn’t for Elvis, this could most doubtless want been true, true grotesque,” defenseman Seth Jones stated.

There became as soon as no postgame be conscious on the condition of Merzlikins, who skated off favoring his left shoulder after the third-period descend. He frolicked on injured reserve just lately with an unspecified better-physique distress.

INCONSISTENT COLUMBUS

The Blue Jackets have not acquired or lost any longer than two games in a row this season. “Fair now, focus, or their lack of it, is a gargantuan declare with this club,” coach John Tortorella stated. “(A) valuable downside 19 games in.”

“Staunch an unacceptable performance,” defenseman Michael Del Zotto stated. “A formula of mental mistakes. The focus and consistency of it’s miles exasperating.”

ICE CHIPS

Predators: Coach John Hynes stated injured forwards Ryan Johansen and Brad Richardson would per chance well return as early as Tuesday. Johansen has uncared for seven straight games, and Richardson has been out for nine. … Rinne has beaten the Blue Jackets more than any other NHL goalie.

Blue Jackets: D David Savard uncared for a sport for the first time this season thanks to a non-COVID sickness. Carlsson changed him within the lineup, making his season debut. The Blue Jackets did now not rating the outlet aim for the first time in eight games. … Captain Cleave Foligno went from the box to the locker room for remedy after a 2nd-period battle with Nashville’s Mark Borowiecki, but returned to serve the relaxation of his penalty.

UP NEXT

Nashville opens a two-sport series in Detroit on Tuesday.

Columbus hosts Chicago on Tuesday and Thursday.

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