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In their first of two games without 19-goal scorer Brad Marchand, who was suspended for his hit on R.J. Umberger Tuesday night, the Bruins took the ice Thursday night against the Predators It was their first trip to Nashville since 2009. Despite the loss of Marchand, the Bruins managed to net three goals in regulation, but as has been the problem lately, defense was an issue in a 4-3 overtime loss.
Down 3-2 midway through the third, Predators center David Legwand got the equalizer by Tuukka Rask. Then, in overtime, Steve Kampfer held Mike Fisher, opening the door for Nashville’s Shea Weber to score the game-winner, giving the Preds their first overtime win of the season (though they did have six shootout victories).
Rask was solid in net for most of the first two periods, but after Patrice Bergeron scored a couple minutes into the third to give the Bruins the lead, it was his job to clamp down. He did to some extent, but eventually yielded the Legwand goal at 10:49 of the third. In all, he finished with 27 saves.
“Maybe I could have done something differently, but it wasn’t a bad game,” Rask said. “Just a tough loss.”
His counterpart, Vezina candidate Pekka Rinne, finished with 35 saves. His biggest came in overtime, as he saved a hard shot from Zdeno Chara. Rinne also faced some trouble oto begin the second. After Patric Hornqvist was given a game misconduct for elbowing Tyler Seguin near the end of the first (the play call was definitely debatable), Rinne stopped all shots as the Preds killed the penalty to open the second.
Seguin actually got the Bruins on the board less than two minutes into the game. Sergei Kostitsyn tied the game up midway through the first, and Colin Wilson scored his 15th in the second to give the Preds the lead. David Krejci tied it up off a rebound two minutes after Wilson’s goal.
The Bruins next take the ice Saturday against the Maple Leafs.