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(AP) — Predators forward Austin Watson, who began this season on suspension, has been suspended again as part of the NHL’s substance abuse program.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association announced Tuesday that Watson had been placed in Stage Two of the league’s substance abuse and behavioral health program “for treatment related exclusively to his ongoing issues with alcohol abuse.”That means Watson, who won’t be paid during this suspension, cannot return until program administrators clear him to return.The Predators said in a statement that they are “saddened and disappointed” for Watson and his family.“We are grateful for the NHL and NHLPA’s program and will cooperate in any way necessary as we continue to support Austin and his family as they go through this difficult time,” according to the team statement. “Because of the personal nature of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program and our exclusive focus on Austin and his family’s well-being, there will be no further comment on this matter.”Watson already had served a suspension for the first 18 games of the season after pleading no contest to a domestic assault charge in July. His girlfriend John Carlson Jersey , Jenn Guardino, issued a statement in October taking blame for the incident in the parking lot of a gas station, saying she had struggled with alcoholism for years and was involved in AA.The Predators forward shared Jan. 11 in an Instagram post that he’d been dealing with anxiety, depression and alcoholism since the age of 18. He said that he was currently sober and committed to a “healthy lifestyle.”Watson currently has seven goals and 13 points in 34 games with Nashville, which is second in the Central Division. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — After winning their last two games in overtime, the Columbus Blue Jackets went up by three goals in the third period Sunday night against the New York Rangers and appeared ready to hit cruise control.It wasn’t going to be that easy Lars Eller Jersey , though.The New York Rangers scored two quick goals later in the third to turn a rout into a tight game down the stretch. It wasn’t until Nick Foligno scored a wrap-around goal with 1:21 left that Columbus had some breathing room on the way to 7-5 victory.Foligno scored twice and Sergei Bobrovsky returned from a team suspension to stop 22 shots for the Blue Jackets, who have won four of the last five and jumped Pittsburgh to move into second place behind Washington in the Metropolitan Division.“It’s a weird game when you’re up 6-3 and they’re pushing and pressing and get some flukey ones,” Foligno said. “But we stuck with it and did the right things and found a way to get the job done. That’s what you have to do — you don’t care how it gets done, just get those two points.”Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and an assist, Ryan Murray had two assists and nine other Blue Jackets picked up points in the offensive explosion. Columbus had 19 shots in the first period and outshot the Rangers 40-27 for the game.“We had the puck all night long,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said.Mats Zuccarello had two goals, and Ryan Stome Madison Bowey Jersey , Chris Kreider and Jimmy Vesey also scored for New York, which has lost six of the last seven and is languishing near the bottom of the Metro.Alexandar Georgiev, spelling regular starter Henrik Lungqvist on the second night of a back-to-back, had 33 saves.Rangers coach David Quinn channeled the salty Tortorella in his postgame comments, referring to his team’s effort as “a freakin’ joke.” The Rangers, he said, lacked what he called “a bit of a snarl.”“(Columbus is) a team that competes hard on pucks and tests your mettle Nicklas Backstrom Jersey , and we failed miserably tonight,” Quinn said. “Miserably. Our lack of determination on one-on-one battles, fishing for pucks. You do that in this league, that’s what happens … .”Anthony Duclair, Lukas Sedlak and David Savard also scored for the Blue Jackets. Bobrovsky — who had been benched for Thursday’s game for violating a team policy and didn’t play in Saturday’s overtime win over Washington — wasn’t terrific, but held off the Rangers after they pulled the goalie for a sixth skater late in the game.The team didn’t release details of what happened with the two-time Vezina Trophy winner, but Bobrovsky acknowledged he let his emotions run away him. He said he spoke to the team and cleared the air.“We’ll move ahead James Neal Jersey Womens ,” said Bobrovsky, who hasn’t been able to come to terms with the team on a contract extension and may be traded. “I’ll get back to work and do my thing, try to do my best to help this team win.”NOTES: Columbus’ 19 shots in the first were the most in a period for the team this season. … Blue Jackets D Zach Werenski played in his 200th NHL game. He had the assist on Atkinson’s second-period goal. … Rick Nash, who was the first star of the Columbus franchise, did the ceremonial puck drop. The 34-year-old Nash retired because of concussion issues after 15 seasons. … New York D Neal Pionk returned after missing a game with a lower-body injury.UP NEXTNew York: Hosts Carolina on Tuesday.Columbus: Hosts New Jersey on Tuesday.

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