In an evenly matched, physical, and emotional game between the Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators, the Predators were able to come out on top 2-1.
The Bruins carried some of their momentum from Tuesday’s win against the Blues, into the first period of this game as they controlled the momentum early. Boston’s play was very energetic and physical but was matched by Nashville and the game was scoreless after the opening period.
Bruins nation went into panic attack after goaltender, Tuukka Rask took a hard shot from Roman Jossi right to the collar bone area and immediately dropped to the ice in pain. He was escorted off the ice and his status remains unknown (@sports_OTR for updates) at this point. Zane McIntyre entered the game in place of Rask, hopeful for his first NHL win in some unexpected playing time.
Bruins Forward Anton Blidh hit Roman Jossi in the corner with a little under 5 minutes remaining in the opening period and was assessed a 5-minute major for interference. Boston held Nashville to only 1 shot on net that entire 5 minutes as their penalty kill continues to shine.
To start the second period, Bruins defensemen Torey Krug tried to make a play in front of his own net and Austin Watson stole the puck and put it past McIntyre to make it 1-0 Predators. The Bruins were in need of a spark and Adam McQuaid gave it to them when he dropped the gloves with Derek Grant at center ice. McQuaid knocked Grant out with and upper-cut to the chin and that gave Boston the boost they needed.
Almost immediately after the fight, Predators forward Ryan Johansen was called for hooking and the Bruins got a power play opportunity. Torey Krug was able to burry a slap-shot from the blue line and tie the game 1-1.
Before the second period was over, Fillip Forsberg got into a 1v1 race with Brandon Carlo and was able to get position and put the puck past McIntyre to give Nashville the 2-1 lead heading into the final period.
In the final period of play the Bruins show a lot of heart in their comeback quest, but weren’t able to get one past the Predator’s backup goalie, Jusse Saros. Boston took McIntyre out of the net for the extra man with a little over a minute remaining in the game and put plenty of shots on net but Saros continued to be lights out and kept the score at 2-1 to end the game.
Jusse Saros was without a doubt the star of the game as he had a career-high 35 saves in an incredible showing for him. Bruins backup Zane McIntyre is still without a win in the NHL but experience and adversity is key in improvement so I expect the Bruins to continue playing him. Overall this was an extremely entertaining game to watch as it had a playoff feel to it.
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