Bruins fall to Predators in overtime

DJ Bean
March 17, 2011 - 6:44 pm

The Bruins suffered their third overtime loss in their last six games, falling by a 4-3 score to the Predators on a night in which the Canadiens gained ground in the standings. With 2:01 remaining in overtime, Steve Kampfer took a holding penalty, giving the Predators a shot at their first overtime victory of the season. Shea Weber scored the game-winner on the 4-on-3, beating Tuukka Rask, who made 25 saves on the night. The night featured call-and-response scoring, with neither team leading by two in the game. Tyler Seguin scored his first goal since Feb. 17, beating Predators netminder Pekka Rinne at 1:50 of the first. Nashville would get on the board on a Sergei Kostitstyn goal through traffic, and the Predators took a 2-1 lead in the period thanks to goal from former Boston University forward Colin Wilson. David Krejci tied the game at two at 13:33 of the second, with Patrice Bergeron and David Legwand scoring third-period goals. The Canadiens ended up beating the Lightning in a shootout Thursday, so they picked up a point on the B's. The Bruins will face the Maple Leafs next, as they will travel to Toronto for Saturday night. WHAT WENT WRONG FOR THE BRUINS - Adam McQuaid took a stick to the face in front of the net with less than four minutes to play in the third. There was no high-sticking call on the play, and depending on whether McQuaid was bleeding as a result, the Bruins missed out on potentially playing the remainder of regulation on the power play. - With all the focus on headshots, there was a bit of a scare for Seguin when he took an elbow to the head from Patric Hornqvist late in the first period. Seguin left the ice and appeared to cut his ear, and Hornqvist was tossed from the game. Seguin didn't end up being alright, as he played the rest of the game and ended up playing 12:33 in regulation, which was more ice time than he had in any of his previous eight games. - The power play failed to produce again, going 0-for-3 on the night, on a night in which they had a five-minute man-advantage thanks to Hornqvist's penalty. Nathan Horton could have made it 4-2 with the B's on the power play with less than 11 minutes to play, but saw his shot ring off the post with Rinne seemingly beaten. - There wasn't much more Rask could have done on Legwand's game-tying goal. The B's netminder stopped Martin Erat on a breakaway and got a leg on Kostitsyn's rebound, but the Legwand banged home the second rebound with Rask down and Steven Kampfer buried in the net. WHAT WENT RIGHT FOR THE BRUINS - Seguin was riding high after giving the B's the win in Tuesday night's shootout, but from a statistical standpoint, he had zero points and was a minus-2 over his last seven games entering Thursday. The rookie was able to change that by beating Rinne glove-side less than two minutes into the game. Claude Julien also displayed more faith in Seguin than he has at some points this season. Seguin received time on the power play and was given the first shift following the Predators' game-tying goal in the third. - Krejci has goals in consecutive games for the first time all season, and his line continues to produce at a high level. The 24-year-old pivot now has 17 points in his last 13 contests. - Bergeron had gone seven games without a point entering Thursday, but he got back on the scoring sheet in a big way with his third-period goal. The tally gave the B's a 3-2 lead and provided Bergeron with his 22nd goal of the season. - Tim Thomas was given some help by his teammates despite not playing in the game at all. Thomas, who at on Jan. 31 had a 1.81 goals against average that was .30 goals less than Pekka Rinne, has seen his return to earth bring him closer to Rinne statistically. The two entered the night separated by just .06 goals, but in scoring three goals on the Nashville netminder, the B's provided their top goaltender with some statistical separation.