NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Brad Richardson scored the go-ahead goal with 9 minutes left, and the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-2.
Colton Sissons, Luke Kunin and Filip Forsberg also scored in the third period, and Rocco Grimaldi had a goal for Nashville.
Goalie Juuse Saros made 42 saves for the victory. The Predators now have won seven of their last eight against Columbus in Nashville, a nice omen for the former Central Division rivals reunited in this pandemic-affected season. Columbus captain Nick Foligno and Alexandre Texier each scored a goal.
The Predators start the season 2-0 and will finish up their homestand early next week with back-to-back games against the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday and Tuesday.