Foote's short-handed rush puts stop to Predators' streak

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- Adam Foote ruined Nashville's perfect
season with a flick of his wrist.

Foote scored on a short-handed rush 35 seconds into overtime to
give the Columbus Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over Nashville on
Wednesday night that snapped the Predators' season-opening,
eight-game winning streak.

"I just said to the guys, 'When certain things end you've got
to get back on the horse and start all over again," Predators
coach Barry Trotz said. "That's over with, that's a nice chapter.
Let's do something now through the next 73 games. The next 73 games
are as important as the first nine."

The quickest overtime goal in the NHL this season left Nashville
two wins short of tying Toronto's league-best start of 10-0 in

Foote, the biggest free-agent signing in franchise history,
helped Columbus end a slide in which the Blue Jackets lost their
previous two games (both against Detroit on home ice) by a combined
score of 12-2. The Blue Jackets came in with the NHL's fewest
points (4) and fewest goals (17).

"We should play desperate all the time -- why not?" Foote said.
"This team is so hard on itself that sometimes we put extra
pressure on ourselves. Maybe we shouldn't because it costs us

Trevor Letowski and Mark Hartigan also scored for Columbus.
Martin Prusek, making his first start of the year in relief of Marc
Denis, stopped 22 shots.

Paul Kariya and Adam Hall had goals for the Predators, and Tomas
Vokoun made 31 saves.

Just 13 seconds into overtime, Columbus' David Vyborny was
whistled for hooking.

The Predators quickly put pressure on Prusek, but the puck
kicked out to Foote who skated with it along the boards. Foote
hesitated for an instant as he entered the right circle and
teammate Todd Marchant drew a defenseman on the left wing. Foote
fired the shot, beating Vokoun inside the near post.

"I wanted to pass it, but the defenseman went right over to
Marchant," Foote said. "Once he slid, I was going to try to go
around him and try to pass. I had the real quick thought that if he
just moves over a tad, I'm going to release it -- and I got a little

Foote pumped his fists before being bowled over by teammates. It
was the second goal for Foote, who played for Quebec and Colorado
for 13 seasons.

"Those are fun goals," he said. "As a defenseman, that's
unfamiliar territory. It's emotional. You have to have fun at the
game, too."

With the game tied at 1-1, Hartigan gave Columbus a late lead
with his first goal, scoring on a backhander through traffic with
3:27 left.

"What a good feeling, especially to give us the lead with 3
minutes left," Hartigan said. "I was struggling a little bit to
score that first one this year, and finally one fell for me."

With 39.2 seconds remaining, however, recent Blue Jackets
acquisition Jason Chimera was called for hooking Kimmo Timonen. The
Predators pulled Vokoun, giving them a 6-on-4 skating advantage.

During a flurry, Hall scored the tying goal on a backhander from
the slot with 19.5 seconds left.

"The last minute like that, that's the kind of goal everybody
dreams about," he said.

The teams traded goals in the second period, with Letowski
picking up his third. Letowski skated across the face of the goal,
waiting until Vokoun sprawled to the ice before sliding the puck
past him at 5:28.

Kariya's fourth goal came on a cross-ice pass from Steve
Sullivan to the right dot, where Kariya snapped off a high shot
past Prusek.

"We wanted to break that (Nashville) streak," Columbus coach
Gerard Gallant said. "Hopefully, this will turn the corner for

Game notes
Injured Blue Jackets LW Rick Nash (high ankle sprain),
Rostislav Klesla (stress fracture in right leg) and Dan Fritsche
(sprained ankle) are all skating in practice and might return
within a week. ... Columbus has won three straight against
Nashville, which entered the NHL in the 1998-99 season -- two years
before the Blue Jackets.