Franson's OT goal gives Preds 1-0 win over Jackets

Published March 20, 2010

| AP

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cody Franson scored 1:54 into overtime and Pekka Rinne posted his second straight shutout as the Nashville Predators stretched their winning streak to five games with a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday night.

Rinne and Columbus counterpart Steve Mason were equally stingy during regulation time. Rinne stopped all 32 shots he saw in the first 60 minutes and then one more in overtime. Mason made 30 saves, all before the extra session.

Three of Rinne's last four wins have been by shutout. He has gone 132 minutes, 36 seconds without allowing a goal.

Franson beat Mason with a slap shot from the right point through traffic. It was the rookie's sixth goal of the season and third game-winner.

Columbus had its two-game winning run snapped.

The Predators have beaten the Blue Jackets 14 consecutive times in Nashville. It is the NHL's longest home winning streak over another team. All three of Nashville's home wins over Columbus this season have required extra time. The first two were decided in shootouts.

Rinne denied Columbus defenseman Mike Commodore on a breakaway 39 seconds into overtime. Commodore tried to beat Rinne with a wrist shot from the low slot, but the goalie snared it with his glove to keep the Predators' hope alive.

NOTES: Nashville C Dustin Boyd played in his 200th NHL game. ... The Blue Jackets haven't scored a power-play goal in four games. Nashville won five of six from Columbus in the season series. ... Predators RW Martin Erat, who earned the lone assist on Franson's goal, has points in four consecutive games.

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