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Ryan Jones scores twice in Predators 4-2 win over Blue Jackets

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Ryan Jones scores twice in Predators 4-2 win over Blue Jackets

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ryan Jones scored twice and Dan Ellis stopped 36 shots for the Nashville Predators in a 4-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the pre-season finale for both teams Sunday.

Jones opened the scoring at 3:18 of the first period and completed it with a power-play goal at 1:26 of the third, redirecting a shot by Cal O'Reilly.

Patric Hornqvist and Francois Buillon also scored for the Predators, who were outshot 11-2 in the first period and 38-23 for the game.

Nikita Filatov and Rick Nash tallied for Columbus.

Buillon put the Predators up 3-2 at 17:35 of the second period after taking a pass from behind the goal-line by Michael Santorelli. Buillon was low in the left faceoff circle when he put a slapshot on net before goalie Steve Mason could cover the near post.

It was similar to Nashville's goal earlier in the period except on the opposite side. The Predators (4-2-0) had their first shot in 19 1/2 minutes just seconds before Hornqvist scored on the power play at 3:17 to break the one-all tie.

Nash made it two-all on the power play at 16:47 with a low drive to the stick side of Ellis. Nash was positioned at the top of the left circle when he received a drop pass from Fedor Tyutin.

Columbus (4-3-1) lost for the first time in five games. It opens Saturday against Minnesota.

Nashville plays at Dallas on Saturday.

NOTES: Blue Jackets defenceman Mike Commodore and forward Kristian Huselius have not played since getting the flu a week ago. ... Nashville captain Jason Arnott and alternate captains Shea Weber and Martin Erat did not play. Neither did forward Jordin Tootoo. Forward Wade Belak sat because of a groin injury. ... Hornqvist led the Predators in pre-season points (seven) and tied David Legwand with five assists. ... Derick Brassard and Jakub Voracek led Columbus with seven points. Brassard had a team-high five assists in five games. Voracek and Nash had three goals.

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