NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Boston
(Friday, November 28th)
Final Score: Nashville 2, Boston 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - David Legwand and Greg Johnson each scored in the first period and Tomas Vokoun made the lead stand up with 32 saves, as the Nashville Predators edged the Boston Bruins, 2-1, in a matinee affair at FleetCenter.
Vokoun improved to 7-1 in his last eight starts for the Predators, who won their third straight game and moved to 7-2 in their last nine. Vokoun stopped all 27 shots he faced over the final two periods.
Joe Thornton scored in the first period and Andrew Raycroft made 27 saves for the Bruins, who have lost three consecutive games for the first time this season. It also marked Boston's second regulation loss at home (4-2-2-1) this year and the Bruins' first regulation defeat versus a Western Conference club (8-1-1-1).
The Bruins, who had been unbeaten in their last five home games (4-0-1) failed to get at least a point for only the second time in their last 14 games.
The teams traded goals just 75 seconds apart midway through the first period before Nashville went in front for good on Johnson's sixth goal of the season, a power-play tally with 6:46 left in the period. Johnson banged in a loose puck from in the crease after Raycroft stopped Rem Murray's shot from in close. The score came with one second left on the power play as Martin Lapointe was in the penalty box for roughing.
The Bruins kept immense pressure on Vokoun five minutes into the second period, but missed on several opportunities. Boston couldn't convert on a power play later in the period and was behind going into the third period despite firing 13 shots on net in the middle stanza.
The Bruins went on the power play following a Mark Eaton holding call with 5:20 left in the third period, but Nashville's defense stiffened.
Legwand was stopped on a breakaway with 1:20 left after a few hard checks from both teams. Both teams skated 4-on-4 following penalties to Nashville left wing Scott Hartnell and Bruins defenseman Nick Boynton, and Boston pulled Raycroft in the final minute, but was unable to generate a good scoring chance.
Boston scored first as Thornton received a short back pass from Glen Murray and shot the puck from the top of the left circle with the puck sliding past Vokoun's left skate at the 6:26 mark.
Moments later, Bruins center Brian Rolston turned the puck over in his own end. Adam Hall stole the puck and skated into the right circle before sending it to Legwand, who redirected it from the left side of the net past a sprawling Raycroft. Legwand has an eight-game point streak.
Nashville went 1-for-7 on the power play, while Boston was 0-for-3 with the man advantage...Nashville is 11-10-1-0, its best start after 22 games in franchise history...The Bruins fell to 5-3-1-1 lifetime against the Predators.
11/28 14:48:07 ET