NASHVILLE - Two weeks after rallying in the final two minutes at Columbus before winning in overtime, the Nashville Predators needed more late heroics against the Blue Jackets. Nate Washington Jersey
. Martin Erat scored with 8.4 seconds remaining to give the Predators a 6-5 comeback victory over the Blue Jackets on Thursday night. Erat was streaking through the neutral zone as he took a pass from Ryan Suter, split two defenders before sliding a backhand between the legs of stunned Blue Jackets goalie Curtis Sanford. "I would say that we played great the first ten or 12 minutes and after that we took bad penalties," Erat said. "In the second period, we started playing a sloppy game. After we got a little offensive pressure in their zone, and thats when they made the turnovers and we capitalized on them." Mike Fisher, Patric Hornqvist, Nick Spaling, Roman Josi and David Legwand also scored for Nashville, which has won six of its last seven. The Predators trailed 5-2 about eight minutes into the second period before scoring the games last four goals. Spaling and Josis goals pulled the Predators within one less than six minutes later, and Legwands power-play score with 3:46 to go in the third tied it. On the tying goal, Colin Wilson retrieved the rebound of Shea Webers shot from the left point. From behind the Columbus net, Wilson found Legwand on the right side, where he beat Sanford for his ninth goal of the season. "I just tried to get my stick open for Colin," Legwand said. "He made a good pass there and I was able to get it in. It is a good thing for us to get the W and to get the points." Jeff Carter had a hat trick in the first period and Ryan Johansen had two power-play goals for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four straight. Two weeks ago in Ohio, Nashville rallied from two goals down with less than two minutes remaining in the third and ended up defeating the Blue Jackets 4-3 in overtime. Fisher got the Predators on the scoreboard first, with a power-play score at 12:29 of the opening period. Carters third career hat trick came in the span of 3:18 of the first period, setting a Columbus franchise record for fastest three goals by one player. Geoff Sanderson scored three goals in the span of 9:43 on March 29, 2003, at Calgary. Two of Carters goals came during a five-minute power play. At 14:26 of the first, Nashvilles Brian McGrattan was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct after hitting Jared Boll near the Nashville bench. Boll stayed on the ice for a while after the hit and then went back to the locker room, but he returned to the game in the second period. Johansen extended the Blue Jackets lead to 4-1 at 15:30 of the first. "We play a great first two periods for so many games, and in the third periods, we just collapse or whatever it is," Johansen said. "We practice all week working on our third periods and things we should do a little smarter, and to get a loss again in the third period like that is mentally tough." The Blue Jackets came in ranked 26th in the NHL on the power play, but they were 4 for 6 with the man-advantage against Nashville. "Ive seen this so many times in the past where something comes too easy for a team, all of a sudden theyve got a big lead," Nashville coach Barry Trotz said. "All you have to do is chip away because there was a ton of time left. We did that." After Hornqvist and Johansen traded goals early in the second period, Spaling pulled the Predators to 5-3 at 8:53 and Josi made it a one-goal game with 6:19 to go in the period. "We get the fifth one and we still didnt put them away," Sanford said. "Its definitely disappointing. Its definitely frustrating. We just have to find a way to stop killing ourselves here." Pekka Rinne allowed all five goals Columbus goals, but hung on for his 16th win of the season. NOTES: Nashville D Kevin Klein missed his second consecutive game with the flu. ... Weber extended his point scoring streak to four games. ... Five of Carters 10 goals this season have come against Nashville. ... The Blue Jackets and Predators have already played four of the six games in their season series. Torrey Smith Jersey
. Ramirez hit two homers, both off Hamels, and drove in three runs to help the Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Saturday. Hamels (8-2) gave up a season-high five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. Ed Reed Jersey
. Pierce, who led the Celtics to a 12-5 record during that span, averaged 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists in March. He also played his 1,000th game with the Celtics against Portland on March 9, becoming the 16th player in NBA history to play in 1,000 games for a single franchise. Terrell Suggs Jersey
. Dudley is Montreals new assistant general manager after leaving behind a similar role with the Toronto Maple Leafs to work for his former protege, new Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. Matt Schaub Jersey
. Azarenka beat Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 7-6 (5), 6-4 in a tough opening match. The Australian Open champion and Kuznetsova traded breaks in the first set. Just when it looked like the second set was going to end in another tiebreaker, Azarenka broke again to close out the match. Denarius Moore Jersey
. Pirlo is crucial to Italys success Aside from scoring a wonderful free kick, Italys Andrea Pirlo was at the heart of everything they did going forward against Croatia.(Sports Network) - The top-seeded New York Rangers will try to regain the lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinals when they visit the Washington Capitals for tonights Game 3 battle at the Verizon Center. The Rangers opened this series by taking Saturdays Game 1 in 3-1 fashion, but the seventh-seeded Capitals responded with a 3-2 victory on Monday at Madison Square Garden to even the set at one win apiece. Capitals star winger Alex Ovechkin scored a power-play goal with 7:27 remaining in the third period of Game 2 and Washington held on for the victory. It was the third goal of this postseason for Ovechkin, who logged only 13 minutes, 36 seconds of ice time in the win. Braden Holtby stopped 26 New York shots on Monday after getting beat for three goals on just 14 shots in Game 1. Mike Knuble and Jason Chimera supplied first-period goals for the surprising Capitals, who beat second-seeded Boston in the opening round, eliminating last years Stanley Cup champions in seven games. Washington has yet to lose back- to-back games in this years playoffs. Washington led the game 2-0 in the first period, but the Rangers rallied and eventually tied the game on Ryan Callahans goal at 6:58 of the third period. However, New York was whistled for consecutive infractions later in the third, leading to Ovechkins game-winner. Washington failed to cash in the first power play, but Ovechkin restored the lead four seconds into a Brad Richards holding penalty. Nicklas Backstrom won a draw in the left circle and Ovechkin shifted from the point to the middle of the New York zone before snapping a long shot past the glove of New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. "Nicky (Backstrom) wins a face-off and I kind of turned and felt like I was going to have some pressure," said Ovechkin. "But when I turned I saw nobody come to me. Brouwsie (Washington forward Troy Brouwer) did a great job going to the front of the net. It was kind of a lucky shot." Lundqvist, a Hart and Vezina Tropphy finalist this season, made 22 saves in the Game 2 loss. Kenny Britt Jersey
. Before taking the costly holding penalty in the third, Richards scored a first-period goal for the Rangers. "You battle back as hard as we did, you cant take four minutes in penalties," said Rangers head coach John Tortorella. Washington was 1-2 on home ice in the first round against Boston, but the Capitals had a solid 26-11-4 record as the host during the regular season. New York had a 24-12-5 record away from MSG this season and was 2-1 at Ottawa in this years Eastern Conference quarterfinal series, which the Rangers won in seven games. "Theyre a good team and were not expecting this to be easy at all," Lundqvist said of the Capitals. "Its going to be a challenge to go into their building and try to get a couple of wins." Rangers forward Brian Boyle returned to the lineup Monday after missing three games with a concussion. He was injured on a hit by Ottawas Chris Neil. However, New York forward Brandon Dubinsky is questionable again tonight after sitting out the first two games of this series with a lower-body injury suffered in Game 7 against the Senators. The Capitals are in the second round for the third time in four seasons, but Washington hasnt made it to the conference finals since 1998, when it earned the franchises only trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. New York, which won the Atlantic Division title this season, is the top seed in the East for the first time since it won its last Stanley Cup title in 1994. The Rangers are aiming for their first conference finals appearance since 1997. This marks the seventh playoff series between the Rangers and Capitals and Washington has taken four of those six matchups. The Capitals beat New York in the conference quarterfinals in both 2009 and 2011, winning last years series in just five games. The last time the Rangers defeated Washington was in the 1994 conference semifinals. Game 4 of this series is scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Washington. ' ' '