Predators outlast Blue Jackets in OT win

In Columbus, the Nashville Predators’ Roman Josi potted his second goal of the game in extra time on Monday night in 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets.

“Being up 3-0 in the third you want to bring it home, but it didn’t happen for us tonight,” Josi said. “It was huge for our guys to regroup in overtime and start fresh. It’s a tie game. Both teams have the same chance. It doesn’t matter what happened in the game.”

The Predators had a 3-0 lead off three goals in the middle frame.

“This time of year, like the playoffs, you may not play your best game,” Predators head coach John Hynes said. “You may be in a situation where like tonight we had the lead and we gave the lead back into a tie game but I think the most important thing obviously is you have to find ways to win,”

The Blue Jackets got the game to extra time when Emil Bemstrom struck for a hat trick in the third period.

“I’m just happy to score some goals,” Bemstrom said. “We didn’t win the game, but I think we played a pretty decent game.”

Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen  were the strikers for Nashville in the second period.

“This is the best time of the year. This is great,” Forsberg said. “You want to play these types of games. … They mean so much.”

Josi, also scored in the third period.

“It’s definitely been a lot of hard work and definitely with the start we had into the season obviously it didn’t look great for us and we kind of turned it around,” Josi said. “I think you’ve got to give credit to everyone that came up and played. We had a lot of injuries.”

Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves in the loss.