Boston
Bruins
53-19-10
Nashville
Predators
40-34-8
SO
25 SOG
31 SOG
1st2nd3rdOTsoT
BOS ()
NSH ()
game recap

Predators 3, Bruins 2, SO

Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:51 AM

Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -David Legwand 3, Boston Bruins 2.

Legwand beat Manny Fernandez in the fourth round of a shootout after scoring twice in regulation - including his third short-handed goal of the season - in the Nashville Predators' 3-2 victory over the NHL-leading Bruins on Saturday night.

"My objective was to get it high up over his pads," Legwand said about his deciding shootout goal. "Getting it over and into the net was all I was looking for."

Legwand has scored eight of his 14 goals this season in the last 17 games. Ten of his 14 goals have been scored on home ice. This was his second multigoal game of the season. He also had two goals Jan. 10 against Chicago.

"Legwand's first two goals were huge," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "He is skating really well right now. When you see him and Marty Erat skating the way they are, using their speed, taking the puck to hard areas and having a very high competition level it just enhances and showcases their talent and abilities.

"Leggy has a tremendous amount of talent. We have always wanted him to produce offensively. When he is skating like that he can be a force."

Legwand Dominant

David Legwand recorded one of his most dominant pro performances tonight against Boston with two goals in regulation and then the sudden-death shootout winner. Beyond the goals, he recorded a game-high six shots on net and added stellar defensive play including a solid 2:22 of shorthanded ice time helping the Preds kill off all four shorthanded situations.

Tonight's game comes on the heels of a two-assist night in Thursday's come-from-behind win against St. Louis. In fact, over his last 17 games, Legwand has scored eight goals and 14 points, while joining with Martin Erat to form an outstanding PK duo.

The poster child for the team's offensive struggles earlier in the season, Legwand's positive play has been a major catalyst to the team's post-All-Star Break surge.

--Jay Levin, NashvillePredators.com

Boston forced overtime on Zdeno Chara's goal with 1:16 left in regulation, but ended up losing its fourth straight game.

Phil Kessel came close to preventing the shootout on a breakaway for Boston in the final seconds of the overtime period.

"We only had three guys on the ice at the time," Predators goalie Pekka Rinne said. "It was just a mistake by some of our guys. It was 4-on-3 even though there wasn't a penalty. I was watching the time and there was about 10 seconds left. I thought that I better make the save."

The Predators also won a shootout Thursday night, beating St. Louis 4-3. Rinne has watched as the emotional level of the team has been boosted by the 7-3 record since the All-Star break.

"You just have to look at the standings to realize how big every point is," Rinne said. "You can see our guys smiling. There is a good atmosphere in the locker room. If we just stick together we know we can do it. That's good."

Jordin Tootoo, back on the ice after a seven-game absence because of a hand injury, set up the Predators' opening goal, firing a slap shot from high off of the left boards. Legwand, stationed in front of the net, used his redirected the puck low to Fernandez's glove side at 14:24 of the first period.

The Predators are 13-0 when they score the first goal.

"I thought we came out with real good focus at the start of the game," said Trotz.

In the second period, the Predators made it 2-0 with Legwand's short-handed goal. Joel Ward skated in and passed the puck to Legwand in the right circle. Legwand's slap shot at 12:14 went through Fernandez's leg pads.

"The first one hit me in the foot," Legwand said. "Tootoo did a great job of just throwing it at the net and getting it to the net. On the second goal, Joel carried a couple of guys with him through the zone. That was a big goal."

A little more than a minute later, Blake Wheeler backhanded a shot from the inside of the left circle that went high to Rinne's glove side.

Chara emerged from a crowd in front of the Predators' net and pushed the puck through past Rinne to tie the game.

The Predators outshot Boston 31-25.

"It was the perfect East-West game," Trotz said. "We got two points and Boston got one."

Boston coach Claude Julien agreed it was great to get a point, but he didn't enjoy the Western Conference style of play.

"This conference is a little more open," Julien said. "At some point, especially going back and forth, I don't think they're the best team structurally. Unfortunately, we couldn't close."

Notes: Legwand has multiple points in his last two games. ... The Predators reassigned Patric Hornqvist to Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

scoring summary
1st Period
14:24
NSH
David Legwand (13) Slapshot - ASST: Jordin Tootoo (7), Ryan Suter (26)
1 - 0 NSH
2nd Period
12:24
NSH
SHG - David Legwand (14) Slapshot - ASST: Joel Ward (10)
2 - 0 NSH
13:25
BOS
Blake Wheeler (16) Backhand shot - ASST: David Krejci (38), Vladimir Sobotka (3)
2 - 1 NSH
3rd Period
18:44
BOS
Zdeno Chara (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Patrice Bergeron (18), Dennis Wideman (27)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
NONE
Shootout
RNDBOSNSHTOTAL
1B. Wheeler
V. Fiddler
1 - 0
2P. Bergeron
S. Sullivan
1 - 0
3P. Axelsson
M. Erat
1 - 1
4P. Kessel
D. Legwand
1 - 2
penalty summary
1st Period
18:02
BOS
Blake Wheeler  Interference against  Jerred Smithson
2nd Period
01:38
NSH
Dan Hamhuis  Hi-sticking against  Stephane Yelle
07:17
NSH
Ryan Suter  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:24
NSH
Steve Sullivan  Hooking against  David Krejci
09:51
BOS
Stephane Yelle  Interference against  Greg Zanon
10:25
NSH
Martin Erat  Holding against  Andrew Ference
18:37
BOS
Andrew Ference  Slashing against  Martin Erat
3rd Period
04:31
BOS
Mark Stuart  Slashing against  David Legwand
06:45
BOS
Aaron Ward  Holding against  David Legwand
OT Period
01:23
BOS
Shane Hnidy  Holding against  Jason Arnott
goalie stats
Manny Fernandez
Manny Fernandez
14-3-3
SA: 31TOI: 64:37
Saves: 29EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 8
SV%: .935SH: 0 - 1
Pekka Rinne
SA: 25TOI: 64:49
Saves: 23EV: 18 - 20
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .920SH: 2 - 2

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