Bruins Can’t Hang On In OT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Shea Weber scored a power-play goal with 1:23 left in overtime, and the Nashville Predators came back to beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 Thursday night.
Steven Kampfer was penalized for holding Mike Fisher 2:59 into the period. Weber scored off a pass from Ryan Suter and Nashville won for the first time in overtime this season. The Predators’ previous six victories past regulation all came in the shootout.
Nashville won for the third time in four games.
David Legwand’s goal tied it at 10:56 of the third period. Colin Wilson and Sergei Kostitsyn each had a goal and an assist. Patric Hornqvist got a game misconduct late in the first period for elbowing Tyler Seguin.
Patrice Bergeron put Boston up 3-2 with his goal 1:42 into the third. Seguin and David Krejci also scored for Boston.
The Bruins were playing the first of two games with center Brad Marchand suspended by the NHL for an elbow to the head of Columbus Blue Jackets center R.J. Umberger. They now are 1-2-3, having lost five of the last six.
This game featured two top candidates for the Vezina Trophy in goalies Tim Thomas of Boston and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne. Thomas came in with the league’s best save percentage and goals against average with Rinne second in both categories.
But Thomas sat while backup Tuukka Rask played in the Bruins’ first trip to Nashville since Feb. 14, 2009. Rask lost for only the second time in his past seven games, while Rinne stopped a big shot by Zdeno Chara in overtime to keep the Predators in the game.
The Bruins beat Rinne first as Seguin scored on a wrister that beat the goalie over his glove at 1:50 of the first period. Nashville tied it up at 7:53 when Kostistsyn got the puck at the edge of the right circle and wristed it past Rask, who had been at the front edge of the crease blocking shots.
Boston got a big advantage when Hornqvist headed to the locker room with the game misconduct that appeared on replay to show Hornqvist hitting him with his shoulder. Nashville killed off the penalty.
The Predators had a chance to go up with 40 seconds of a 5-on-3 in the second. Without Hornqvist and with Joel Ward scratched for a second straight game with a lower body injury, the Predators couldn’t beat Rask. Rinne had to glove a shot on a shorthanded breakaway by Michael Ryder.
Wilson put Nashville up 2-1 with a give and go with Jonathon Blum with a wrister as he skated up the left side at 10:59. That didn’t last long as Rinne stopped a shot by Nathan Horton before Krejci scored into the open side of the net at 13:33.
Bergeron put the Bruins ahead with his 22nd this season, a wrister past Rinne. The Bruins later missed a shot off the post during a power play.
Martin Erat came out of the box after that penalty, got the puck for a breakaway on Rask who stopped his shot. Rask also stopped Kostitsyn’s shot off the rebound but couldn’t stop Legwand’s 12th goal. Rask tossed his stick up into the air in frustration.
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