Newly-acquired Gaborik delivers as Blue Jackets top Preds

Updated: April 4, 2013

The Columbus Blue Jackets were hoping for an
instant impact from their newest member, and Marian Gaborik delivered.

The veteran sniper scored the tie-breaking goal early in the third period and
added an assist in his Blue Jackets’ debut, helping Columbus come through with
a key 3-1 victory over the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena.

Gaborik, acquired from the New York Rangers in perhaps the most signficant
deal at Wednesday’s trade deadline, tipped in a feed from Brandon Dubinsky
4:16 into the final frame to break a 1-1 stalemate.

Matt Calvert added an insurance goal later on for surging Columbus, winners of
three straight and now 11-2-3 since March 3. The most recent triumph — the
Jackets’ first regulation win in Nashville since 2006 — also vaulted Columbus
over the Predators in the Western Conference standings.

James Wisniewski also tallied to help back an outstanding 38-save effort from
Blue Jackets’ goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

Kevin Klein posted the lone goal in the loss, Nashville’s fourth in five
games, with Pekka Rinne recording 35 saves on the evening.