COLUMBUS, Ohio, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Manny Malhotra scored twice and David Ling got his first goal of the season as Columbus defeated Nashville, 4-2, Monday in a fight-filled contest.
Winless in their first four meetings with Nashville this season, the Blue Jackets engaged in three fights in a four-second span early in the first period. Columbus took advantage of several miscues by the Predators to take a three-goal lead after 20 minutes.
Malhotra made it 2-0 with tallies 1:42 apart midway through the period and defenseman Jaroslav Spacek was credited with his second of the season less than four minutes later.
Ling ended a 47-game drought in the third to complete the scoring for Columbus, which snapped a seven-game winless streak against Nashville.