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Preds Fall in Overtime to Blue Jackets

Pekka Rinne was supposed to be off work Thursday.

But Juuse Saros called in sick and Troy Grosenick was called up from Milwaukee as an emergency backup. That meant Rinne was called on to play in his 600th career game, which turned out to be a Predators’ 4-3 overtime loss to the Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena.

For the 32nd time in his career, the 36-year-old Rinne started both games of back-to-backs, most of which came early during his career.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner stopped 28 shots during a 4-3 overtime victory Wednesday against the Blackhawks in Chicago and made 30 saves Thursday.

“I used to play all the time in back-to-backs,” Rinne said Thursday morning before the team fell to 5-0-2 in its last seven games. “Nothing really changes. It’s been a policy the last I-don’t-know how many years (to not do that). It’s a good chance to take a rest and play the other guy.

“It’s automatic we split those games. I’m excited. Physically it’s a little bit different, but other than that nothing really.”

Rinne — and four shots off the post — helped keep the Predators in the game until the third period, when Artemi Panarin and Boone Jenner scored nine seconds apart for a two-goal lead. Panarin returned to score the winner in overtime.

The Predators answered with two goals in 38 seconds — one from Viktor Arvidsson and one from Mattias Ekholm — to tie it 3-all with 4:15 left.

Jenner put the home team ahead 1-0 at 6:26 of the first. Nick Bonino tied it 1-all early in the third.

Pete Weber’s Postgame Report