This isn't fun.
Saturday nights in Nashville are supposed to be a good time, but it was anything but that for the Blue Jackets as they fell 5-2 to the Predators. A nightmare third period was their undoing.
The Blue Jackets opened the scoring in the first period. Michael Del Zotto drove the net and Nick Foligno was there to finish on the doorstep to give Columbus a 1-0 lead.
Before the period was over, the Predators struck back. Rocco Grimaldi uncorked a wrister from distance that trickled through Elvis Merzlikins to tie the game at one apiece.
The second period saw both teams push for the go-ahead goal, but Merzlikins and Juuse Saros held firm.
In the third period, a Zach Werenski turnover led to a 2-on-1 rush the other way. Filip Forsberg capitalized, and just like that, the Blue Jackets were down, 2-1. The game was far from over, however. With just over 14 minutes remaining, Alexandre Texier redirected a Liam Foudy shot to even the score at 2-2.
Then, the Predators took over. Brad Richardson scored with nine minutes remaining, Luke Kunin scored with five-and-a-half minutes left, and Colton Sissons scored a minute after Kunin to blow the Blue Jackets out of the water.
Mikko Koivu continues to be unavailable due to the NHL's COVID-19 protocols.
The Blue Jackets will head to Detroit to take on the Red Wings in a Monday matinee. Puck drop is slated for 12:00 p.m. E.T.