COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Adam Foote scored on a short-handed rush 35 seconds into overtime to give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over Nashville on Wednesday night that snapped the Predators’ season-opening, eight-game winning streak.

The quickest overtime goal in the NHL this season left Nashville two wins short of tying Toronto’s league-best start of 10-0 in 1993.

Foote, the biggest free-agent signing in franchise history, helped Columbus end a slide in which the Blue Jackets lost their previous two games (both against Detroit on home ice) by a combined score of 12-2. The Blue Jackets came in with the NHL’s fewest points (4) and fewest goals (17).

Trevor Letowski and Mark Hartigan also scored for Columbus. Martin Prusek, making his first start of the year, stopped 22 shots.

Paul Kariya and Adam Hall had goals for the Predators, and Tomas Vokoun made 31 saves.

With the game tied at 1-1, Hartigan gave Columbus a late lead with his first goal, scoring on a backhander through traffic with 3:27 left.

With 39.2 seconds remaining, however, recent Blue Jackets acquisition Jason Chimera was called for hooking Kimmo Timonen. The Predators pulled Vokoun, giving them a 6-on-4 skating advantage.

During a flurry, Hall scored the tying goal on a backhander from the slot with 19.5 seconds left.

Just 13 seconds into overtime, Columbus’ David Vyborny was also whistled for hooking.

The Predators quickly put pressure on Prusek, but the puck kicked out to Foote who skated with it along the boards. Foote hesitated for an instant as he entered the right circle and a teammate drew a defenseman on the left wing. He fired the shot, beating Vokoun inside the near post.

Foote pumped his fists before being bowled over by teammates. It was the second goal for Foote, who played for Quebec and Colorado for 13 seasons.

The teams traded goals in the second period, with Letowski picking up his third. Letowski skated across the face of the goal, waiting until Vokoun sprawled to the ice before sliding the puck past him at 5:28.

Kariya’s fourth goal came on a cross-ice pass from Steve Sullivan to the right dot, where Kariya snapped off a high shot past Prusek.

Prusek was playing because Marc Denis is sidelined with a shoulder injury. Prusek, an offseason free-agent signing from Ottawa, started the season on a minor league conditioning assignment.

Notes: Injured Blue Jackets LW Rick Nash (high ankle sprain), Rostislav Klesla (stress fracture in right leg) and Dan Fritsche (sprained ankle) are all skating in practice and might return within a week. … Columbus has won three straight against Nashville, which entered the NHL in the 1998-99 season – two years before the Blue Jackets.

AP-ES-10-26-05 2205EDT


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