Preds’ Mazanec blanks Blue Jackets

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Updated: November 27, 2013

Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Marek Mazanec made 19 saves to notch his
second career shutout as the Nashville Predators beat the Columbus Blue
Jackets, 4-0, on Wednesday.

Matt Cullen and Nick Spaling both had a goal and an assist for the Predators,
who have won five of their past six games. Mike Fisher and David Legwand also
lit the lamp.

“The first 30 minutes, it was pretty quiet back there (for Mazanec),”
Predators coach Barry Trotz said. “It was a pretty easy night for him.

“It was sort of a team win. We defended hard. We had some critical blocked
shots when we needed, won battles, and then Maz made some saves when we
needed.”

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 25-of-29 shots for the Blue Jackets, who fell to
9-13-3 on the season.

The Predators drew first blood at the 9:58 mark of the first period. Ryan
Ellis made a perfect slap-pass over to Cullen, who was all alone in the right
circle to deposit his fifth of the year.

Nashville put two more goals on the board in the middle stanza. Fisher scored
on the power play just 54 seconds into the frame and Legwand put home a
rebound at the 8:56 mark to make it a 3-0 contest.

Spaling lit the lamp 2:02 into the third frame, as his shot from the right
circle got past Bobrovsky.

“It looked like we lacked some energy, we lacked another step,” Columbus coach
Todd Richards said. “But that’s not an excuse. There’s a way to win that game
tonight, and we didn’t find it.”

Game Notes

The Blue Jackets had won two straight against Nashville … Bobrovsky entered
Wednesday’s game with a 5-1-0 record against the Predators … Nashville was
without the services of forwards Patric Hornqvist (upper body) and Filip
Forsberg (upper body) … Columbus was without defenseman Nikita Nikitin
(lower body) on Wednesday.