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Post-Game Musings: at Boston

Saturday, 02.11.2012 / 3:43 PM CT / Features
By Doug Brumley  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Musings: at Boston
The resilient Nashville Predators stole a point in the standings Saturday afternoon in Boston, battling an at-times dominant Bruins team to overtime and a shootout. Nashville ultimately fell 4-3—a minor miracle in a game in which they were outshot 41-22.

Special teams made the impact on the scoreboard through the first two periods, with Patrice Bergeron scoring a shorthanded goal for the Bruins 16:00 into the game and Nashville’s power play evening things up at 1-1 on a Shea Weber one-timer 7:32 into the middle frame.

For much of the game, Nashville struggled to cleanly get the puck out of its own zone. Clearing attempts became turnovers, which became Boston shots. While the Predators righted the ship a bit as the game progressed, the trend was evident in the Bruins’ shot advantages per period: 16 to 6 in the first; 10 to 7 in the second; 14-6 in the third.

Boston went up 2-1 early in the third stanza, but Patric Hornqvist and Mike Fisher answered for Nashville to give the visitors their first lead with 3:32 left in regulation. A tripping penalty on Preds forward Sergei Kostitsyn put the Bruins on a late power play, and Boston’s Milan Lucic knotted the game at 3-3 with 1:07 remaining. Nashville secured one point in the standings by making it to overtime, and tried to earn another one in sudden death play.

The Predators outshot the Bruins 3-1 in the extra session, but neither team scored in the five-minute period. Boston then beat Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne twice in the shootout while Predators shooters Kostitsyn and Martin Erat failed to convert their chances. That gave Boston the 4-3 win.

Nashville, now 32-18-6 this season for 70 points in the standings, returns home to prepare for a Tuesday night meeting with the Chicago Blackhawks.


THREE MUSINGS
Matinee Stars: Nashville’s perfect 2-0 record in Saturday afternoon games this season was snapped with the shootout loss in Boston. The Bruins game was the Predators’ third and final matinee contest in 2011-12. The Predators topped Calgary by a 2-0 score in their first afternoon game of the season on Oct. 22, and beat the Islanders by a 3-1 score on Jan. 16. Since the start of the 2003-04 campaign, Nashville has a 22-7-8 record in matinees.

Getting Shortie: Boston opened the scoring Saturday with a shorthanded goal against the Predators. Brad Marchand set up Patrice Bergeron for a wrister from the right circle that beat goaltender Pekka Rinne. The goal was the Bruins’ seventh “shortie” of the season. It was just the third such goal the Predators have allowed this season. Meanwhile, with Weber’s second period goal, Nashville’s power play has tallied in seven of the last ten games.

Resiliency: Though Nashville has failed to record a “W” in three straight matches, the Predators have not gone two games in the calendar year 2012 without earning at least one point. Nashville has two shootout losses in its last three games, but manages to gain points on teams further down the Western Conference standings by taking the games past regulation time. The last time Nashville lost two consecutive games in regulation was Dec. 23 and 26 (at DAL and home vs. DET), 20 games ago.


POST-GAME QUOTE
Nashville forward Mike Fisher: “[Boston] played great in the first period. First ten minutes of the second period we were not very good at all. But you know, we hung around. [Pekka Rinne] kept us in it. The good thing is we battled pretty hard in the third period and found a way to get a point. We could have won it if it hadn’t been for the penalty late.”


THREE STARS
F, Bergeron (BOS): 1 goal (shorthanded), shootout goal to end the game
F, Hornqvist (NSH): 1 goal, 1 assist, +1, only multipoint player in the game
F, Lucic (BOS): 1 goal, 7 shots

SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

SCHEDULE
 

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS
 

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
8 x - CGY 82 45 30 7 237 213 97
9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
F. Forsberg 82 26 37 15 63
M. Ribeiro 82 15 47 11 62
R. Josi 81 15 40 15 55
S. Weber 78 15 30 15 45
C. Smith 82 23 21 11 44
C. Wilson 77 20 22 19 42
M. Fisher 59 19 20 4 39
J. Neal 67 23 14 12 37
R. Ellis 58 9 18 8 27
S. Jones 82 8 19 3 27
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 41 17 6 .923 2.18
C. Hutton 6 7 4 .902 2.61