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The Boston Bruins were able to avoid their first three-game losing streak of the season by holding off the Nashville Predators Thursday night in overtime. Boston has been struggling with injuries as of late, which helped contribute to the two-game losing streak that carried them into their game on Thursday night against Nashville.
Then, the Bruins scored their second straight win Saturday with a 4-1 Saturday night over the Jets.
The Bruins were aided by the return of Dougie Hamilton and Carl Soderberg to the lineup. Hamilton had missed 10 games with a lower body injury and Soderberg two with concussion like symptoms.
Forward Shawn Thornton is still serving out his 15-game suspension for his Dec. 14 incident with Brooks Orpik. Thornton will not be eligible to return until the Bruins Jan. 11 game against the San Jose Sharks.
Thursday night’s game did see a new face on the ice as Providence goalie Niklas Svedberg was called up to start in goal. Svedberg replaced backup Chad Johnson who had struggled recently losing his last two starts. Johnson allowed four goals in each loss.
The 24-year-old Svedberg wasn’t brilliant but his 33 saves was enough to get the Bruins the victory and earn himself his first ever NHL victory.
After the game Claude Julien said, “I liked his game tonight,” adding, “I really thought he was good. He just showed us he’s a guy we need to look at, keep an eye on and consider.”
Boston went down by a goal late in the second but was able to limit the damage to just the one. Then in the third period Johnny Boychuk and Jarome Iginla both scored to give the Bruins the lead. About two minutes after Boston took the lead, Shea Weber tied it up for Nashville with a goal of his own.
Overtime didn’t take long as Brad Marchand pulled a nifty little toe drag move to beat forward Mike Fisher before letting go a wrister that won the game 54 seconds into the extra time.
Torey Krug led the way for the B’s with two goals and an assist on the night. Daniel Paille added one goal and one assist of his own.
Tuukka Rask was great in net, tallying 37 saves in the win.
Svedberg’s teammates were very appreciative of the young kid’s effort and they gave him the game puck to commemorate his first win. Julien stated after the game, “He’s going to head back to Providence, but there’s a good chance you’re going to see him here again very soon.”
The Bruins will be back on the ice Tuesday for the beginning of a three-game road trip.