Bruins 4, Predators 3, SO

Associated Press  |  Last updated February 11, 2012
Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron scored shootout goals to lift the Boston Bruins to a 4-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Saturday. Boston forced overtime when Milan Lucic scored a power-play goal with 67 seconds left in regulation after goalie Tim Thomas was pulled for an extra skater. Daniel Paille and Bergeron also scored for the Bruins, who had lost seven of 12. Thomas stopped 19 shots in regulation, and then turned aside Sergei Kostitsyn and Martin Erat in the shootout. Mike Fisher, Shea Weber and Patric Hornqvist scored for Nashville, which lost for the fourth time in five games. Pekka Rinne, who had won 20 of 24 games, made 38 saves through overtime. The Bruins rebounded from a 6-0 loss at Buffalo on Wednesday, their worst defeat since being beaten by Toronto 8-2 in March 2008. Boston had also lost two straight at home. In the shootout, Seguin shifted a few times before lifting a backhander over Rinne's right pad. Bergeron then slipped a shot between the goalie's legs for Boston's second goal in three attempts in the tiebreaker. Fisher's goal had given Nashville a 3-2 lead with 3:32 left in regulation, but Lucic tied it by scoring off a rebound when he slipped a backhander just past the diving Rinne. Fisher came charging down the left wing, circled the net, and lost the puck briefly before slipping it under Thomas. Brad Marchand's wrist shot from the left circle hit the top of the crossbar and caromed out of play with 15.2 seconds left for the best chance in overtime. Boston had taken a 2-1 lead on Paille's goal early in the third before Hornqvist tied it at 9:33. Kostitsyn shifted around defenseman Andrew Ference and fired a pass to Hornqvist in front of the net. Rinne also earned an assist. Paille's goal came off a nice backhand feed from Shawn Thornton, who battled for the puck along the boards behind the net. Paille cut in front a slipped a backhander past Rinne 2:55 into the period for his first goal in 10 games. Kevin Klein clanged a slap shot off the post to Thomas' left a few minutes after Paille's goal. Boston, which dominated play from the middle of the first until intermission, grabbed a 1-0 lead on Bergeron's short-handed score after a solid effort by Marchand. With Nashville struggling on the power play recently, because teams were attacking its point players, Marchand got to a loose puck at center ice, tried to split a pair of defensemen, lost the puck briefly before regaining it along the right boards. He fired a pass to Bergeron, who one-timed a shot past Rinne at 16 minutes for his first goal in seven games. The Bruins held Nashville to one shot over the final 9 1/2 minutes of the opening period, and that drive came from center ice. Nashville tied it on Weber's power-play goal 7:32 into the second. Ryan Suter sent a cross-ice pass from the right point to left, where Weber one-timed a blast by Thomas. NOTES: It was the only meeting of the season between the teams. ... Bruins forward Nathan Horton missed his seventh straight game because of a concussion. ... Boston hadn't lost three straight at home since November of last season. ... Erat entered the game with 19 points in 17 games. ... The Bruins will host the Eastern Conference-leading Rangers Tuesday before going on a six-game road trip. ... The Predators had allowed 17 goals in five games. ... Paille scored his ninth goal. He had 10 last season.
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