Gilbert Brule scored for Columbus.
Columbus took a 1-0 lead when Brule took a shot that bounced off the pads of Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Brule came in from the left side of the crease, diving head-first as he popped the rebound between the post and the outstretched skate of Vokoun at 1:17 of the first period.
The Predators’ tying goal was also the result of hard work around the net. Legwand took a shot that bounced off Columbus goaltender Fredrik Norrena. Kariya tapped in the rebound as he skated in close from the right side of the net at 4:25.
Legwand gave the Predators a 2-1 first-period lead, again working close to the net. Dan Hamhuis took a shot from midway in the slot. The rebound off Norrena’s pads bounced around in front of the net. Legwand skated across the crease, picked up the rebound and wrapped a shot around Norrena at 13:45.
Notes: The Predators have outscored Columbus 11-1 in the first period in eight games this season and have scored more first-period goals than any team in the NHL with 86. The Blue Jackets are 3-2-1 in their past six on the second night of back-to-back games. The Predators have not lost a game in regulation since Feb. 17, a string of 10 games (7-0-3). …Kariya has seven points (three goals, four assists) in his past five games.