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Wilson scores late, Predators beat Blue Jackets

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Colin Wilson scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:12 to play in the third period, lifting the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Mike Ribeiro also scored for Nashville, winners of four straight and six of seven.

Curtis McElhinney made 40 saves for Columbus, which lost its sixth in a row.

With the game tied at 1 late in the third, Craig Smith collected the rebound of his own shot and slid it to Wilson in front, where his spinning backhand found the back of the net.

Ribeiro scored the game’s first goal, at 12:47 of the second period. He collected the rebound of Roman Josi’s errant shot behind the net, carried the puck out on the right side and slipped a shot by McElhinney.

McElhinney had stopped Nashville’s first 30 shots before Ribeiro scored. McElhinney was making his first appearance since Nov. 14.

Johansen tied the game at 1 on a power-play goal at 3:48 of the third period.

With Josi in the penalty box for high-sticking, Johansen took a pass from Nick Foligno on the left side and snapped a shot by Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne.

The goal ended Rinne’s shutout streak at 127 minutes, 5 seconds.

Nashville came up empty in its four attempts with the man advantage in the game and are now a league-worst 1 for 41 on the power play at home this season.

NOTES: Nashville D Seth Jones played in his 100th career NHL game. … Predators C Matt Cullen returned after missing one game with an upper-body injury. … Johansen has goals in two of his last three games.

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