Steve Sullivan’s seventh career hat trick – his first in three years – lifted the Nashville Predators to a 5-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday at Columbus.
Sullivan scored three times before the end of the second period. He gave the Predators a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal 3:52 into the contest. He then scored at 8:52 of the second, 25 seconds after Patric Hornqvist put Nashville up 2-1, and got the third with 3:52 to play before the second intermission with the teams playing four-on-four.
His last hat trick was three years to the day – Dec. 14, 2006 – against Ottawa. Four of his seven have been with Nashville.
It was the Predators’ second hat trick in a week. Martin Erat scored three times last Monday in a victory over Vancouver.
It also was their third victory in as many tries this season against Columbus. The first two, including a 4-3 triumph last Thursday at Nashville.
Ryan Jones capped the scoring with his second goal of the season, and his second in as many games.
The Predators were called for eight penalties and were shorthanded a season-high eight times for a total of 11:22. Jones was sent to the box twice, and six others went once.
The first two Blue Jackets’ goals were scored on the power play.
Nashville is back home Tuesday to face Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. (CST).