Jones scores twice in Predators 4-2 win
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)—Ryan Jones(notes) scored twice and Dan Ellis(notes) stopped 36 shots for the Nashville Predators in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the preseason finale for both teams Sunday.
Buillon put the Predators up 3-2 at 17:35 of the second period after taking a pass from behind the goal line by Michael Santorelli. Buillon was low in the left faceoff circle when he put a slap shot on net before goalie Steve Mason(notes) could cover the near post.
It was similar to Nashville’s goal earlier in the period except on the opposite side. The Predators (4-2-0) had their first shot in 19 1/2 minutes just seconds before Hornqvist scored on the power play at 3:17 to break the 1-all tie.
Columbus (4-3-1) lost for the first time in five games. It opens Saturday against Minnesota.
Nashville plays at Dallas on Saturday.
NOTES: Blue Jackets defenseman Mike Commodore(notes) and forward Kristian Huselius(notes) have not played since getting the flu a week ago. … Nashville captain Jason Arnott(notes) and alternate captains Shea Weber(notes) and Martin Erat(notes) did not play. Neither did forward Jordin Tootoo(notes). Forward Wade Belak(notes) sat because of a groin injury. … Hornqvist led the Predators in preseason points (seven) and tied David Legwand(notes) with five assists. … Derick Brassard(notes) and Jakub Voracek(notes) led Columbus with seven points. Brassard had a team-high five assists in five games. Voracek and Nash had three goals.