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NHL: Nashville 4, Columbus 1

April 9, 2011 at 12:18 AM

NASHVILLE, April 9 (UPI) -- Pekka Rinne stayed busy with 44 saves Friday, leading the Nashville Predators to a 4-1 decision over Columbus.

The Predators officially wrapped up a playoff berth, having begun play Friday one point behind Los Angeles for fourth place in the Western Conference.

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Patric Hornqvist scored twice to give him 21 goals for the season. He produced the only first-period goal and gave the Predators a 3-0 lead 2:42 into the second.

The only Columbus goal came from Derick Brassard with 1:28 left in the middle period.

Steve Mason surrendered all four goals on 25 shots. Columbus lost its fifth straight.

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