Predators slip past Blue Jackets 3-2

David Legwand capped Nashville's three-goal third period with the go-ahead score with 1:35 remaining to lead the Predators to a 3-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Sunday.

Shea Weber and Jonathon Blum also scored for Nashville, which kept pace in the tightly bunched Western Conference playoff race.

Rookie Matt Calvert and Kris Russell scored for Columbus.

Nashville's victory extended the longest current winning streak by a team in an NHL city. The Predators have defeated the Blue Jackets in their past 16 trips to Music City.

Nashville snapped a four-game losing streak while Columbus' three-game winning streak ended.

Nine seconds after a Weber penalty expired, Martin Erat put a shot on the Columbus net, and Legwand collected the rebound and lifted it over the stick of Blue Jackets goaltender Mathieu Garon.

Calvert opened the scoring at 14:17 of the second period on the power play. He got a hat trick in his last game and has scored in four consecutive games. He has nine points in his past six games.

Weber tied the game at 1:47 of the third on a power-play goal. In the left circle, Weber took a pass from defensive partner Ryan Suter and fired a slap shot toward the Columbus goal. The puck hit players in front and then struck Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda in the face before crossing the goal line.

Blum's goal at 7:18 of the third broke the 1-1 tie. Just 8 seconds after a penalty to Columbus' Ethan Moreau expired, Blum beat Garon with a slap shot from the left point.

It was the first career NHL goal for Blum, who was the first Southern California native to be selected in the first round of the draft when the Predators took him with the 23rd overall choice in 2007.

Russell's unassisted power-play goal at 12:34 of the third tied the game at 2.

Notes: Columbus D Anton Stralman left in the first period with a lower-body injury and did not return. ... Blue Jackets D Grant Clitsome has assists in his past five games. ... Nashville's previous home loss to Columbus was April 3, 2006.