Predators recover, defeat Blue Jackets in OT on Josi goal


COLUMBUSRoman Josi scored his second goal of the game 3:24 into overtime to give the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Monday.

Filip Forsberg and Ryan Johansen each scored a goal and had an assist for the Predators (29-22-2), who blew a three-goal lead in the third period. Juuse Saros made 29 saves.

Emil Bemstrom scored a natural hat trick in the third for the Blue Jackets (16-25-12). Michael Del Zotto had two assists and Elvis Merzlikins made 34 saves.

The teams play again here Wednesday.

Bemstrom scored at 1:54 of the third to make it 3-1. His first shot was saved but he batted in the rebound at the left post. The goal was upheld after being reviewed to see whether it crossed the goal line and if it had been hit with a high stick.

He made it 3-2 at 7:26 from the left circle and tied it 3-3 from the left dot with a power-play goal at 15:07. It was his first NHL hat trick

Bemstrom missed 21 games since Mar. 18 with a lower-body injury before returning Saturday against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Forsberg gave Nashville a 1-0 lead at 9:01 of the second period, scoring from the slot on a rebound of a shot by Ryan Ellis.

Forsberg’s 12th goal of the season was his first since returning Saturday after missing 17 games with an upper-body injury.

Johansen made it 2-0 at 11:29 on the power play. Josi extended the lead to 3-0 at 19:16.

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