|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||1|
|BOS||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
The Predators out-shot the Bruins 38-28, but Glen Metropolit scored a pair of third period goals for the Bruins as the Predators dropped their first game after the All-Star Break, 3-1, in Boston on Tuesday night.
|Highlights: Bruins 3, Predators 1
Alexander Radulov scored for the Predators, his fourth consecutive game with a goal, while J.P. Dumont extended his franchise-record scoring streak to 15 games with an assist on the play.
Chris Mason was the star of the night for the Predators early in the game. Mason robbed Phil Kessel on three high quality scoring chances in the first period alone, including a sliding pad save to keep the game scoreless with 1:30 remaining in the frame.
Not to be out-done, Tim Thomas, an Eastern Conference All-Star, made several acrobatic saves. He made a lunging block on Rich Peverley's attempt 13:13 into the game after Thomas got caught sliding with the play from his left to his right, the puck squirted the other direction to Peverley just outside the goal crease. Peverley tried to quick chip the puck in, but Thomas dove across his crease to keep the game scoreless. Thomas bested that save late in the second period when also had to dive across the crease, only this time he used the paddle of the stick to knock the puck out of the air and thwart a sure goal for Radulov.
Marco Sturm opened the scoring with a five-on-three power-play goal midway through the second period. David Krejci worked the puck low down the left wing and fired a pass across the crease to Sturm at the bottom of the opposite side face-off circle for the one-timer.
The Predators responded to the Bruins goal and controlled the play through the last half of the second period, but Thomas continued to make stellar save after stellar save. Finally Nashville broke through, netting the equalizer with 51 seconds remaining in the frame. Jason Arnott created the play with a strong forecheck and pushed the puck into the left wing corner. Dumont got to the puck and fed a pass across the ice to Radulov at the top of the goal crease by the far post for a one-timer. The assist also extended Arnott's scoring streak to seven consecutive games, including five consecutive games with an assist.
Metropolit broke the tie 5:54 into the third period and added an insurance tally 10:03 later. On Metropolit's first goal, the Predators were controlling the play in the offensive zone when the Bruins gained control of the puck and quickly counter-attacked. Metropolit crossed with Chuck Kobasew at the blueline and made a toe-drag move around Greg Zanon at the face-off circle to go one-on-one with Mason, before snapping a shot just inside the far post. On the second goal, Metropolit controlled the puck in the corner, curled out to the face-off dot and snapped a pin-point shot over Mason's shoulder.
The Predators return to action on Thursday night when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 7 pm game at Sommet Center, the opening contest of a four-game homestand.
Post-Game Notes: Dumont's point scoring streak is the third-longest streak in the NHL this season and the longest active point scoring streak in the league. The only longer streaks were a 19-game point scoring streak by Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby from Oct. 6 - Nov. 17 and a 17-game streak by Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg from Oct. 3 - Nov. 11 ... Radulov's four-game goal scoring streak ties his career-long originally set Nov. 23-30, 2006. The streak is two games shy of the team record set by Dumont earlier this season (6 games, Dec. 29 - Jan. 8) ... Radulov has scored eight of his 18 goals during the month of January ... Arnott's seven-game scoring streak is two games shy of his career-long of nine games set Nov. 4-20, 1995 while a member of the Edmonton Oilers. His five-game assist streak is one shy of his career-long set Feb. 22 - March 5, 2004 while a member of the Dallas Stars. Neither of Arnott's current streaks include his assist in the 2008 All-Star Game.
|PPG - Marco Sturm (17) ASST: David Krejci (8), Marc Savard (45)|
1 - 0 BOS
|Alexander Radulov (18) ASST: Jason Arnott (28), J-P Dumont (25)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Glen Metropolit (9) ASST: Milan Lucic (7), Shane Hnidy (3)|
2 - 1 BOS
|Glen Metropolit (10) ASST: Chuck Kobasew (10), Milan Lucic (8)|
3 - 1 BOS
|Marc Savard Slashing against Scott Nichol|
|Shane Hnidy Roughing against Vernon Fiddler|
|J-P Dumont Interference on goalkeeper against Tim Thomas|
|Jason Arnott Unsportsmanlike conduct against Chuck Kobasew|
|Andrew Ference Fighting (maj) against Scott Nichol|
|Scott Nichol Fighting (maj) against Andrew Ference|
|Alexander Radulov Tripping against Dennis Wideman|
|SA: 28||TOI: 57:45|
|Saves: 25||EV: 24 - 26|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 2|
|SV%: .893||SH: 0 - 0|
|SA: 38||TOI: 60:00|
|Saves: 37||EV: 34 - 35|
|PIM: 0||PP: 1 - 1|
|SV%: .974||SH: 2 - 2|