Four-goal third period propels Predators past Jackets

Brad Richardson scored the go-ahead goal with nine minutes remaining in the third period and Juuse Saros made 42 saves to lift the host Nashville Predators to a 5-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Filip Forsberg and Luke Kunin each scored for the second straight game, and Colton Sissons and Rocco Grimaldi also tallied for the Predators, who improved to 8-1-1 in their last 10 meetings with Columbus.

Alexandre Texier collected a goal and an assist and captain Nick Foligno also tallied for the Blue Jackets, who are off to their fourth 0-2-0 start in the past six seasons.

Richardson settled a loose puck on the left doorstep and lifted it past a sprawling Elvis Merzlikins (28 saves) to give the Predators a 3-2 lead.

Kunin and Sissons provided insurance by scoring 54 seconds apart to give Nashville a three-goal bulge. Kunin converted a feed from Nick Cousins and chipped the puck past Merzlikins at 14:28 before Sissons capped the scoring.

In a repeat of Thursday’s 3-1 win in the season opener, Forsberg scored early in the third period to snap a 1-1 tie. The Swede stripped Columbus defenseman Zach Werenski of the puck before skating in on a rush and wristing a shot over the glove of Merzlikins.

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