NHL Game Summary - Nashville at Boston
(Tuesday, January 29th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Nashville 1
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Glen Metropolit's pair of third period goals were the difference, as Boston knocked off Nashville, 3-1, at TD Banknorth Garden.
Marco Sturm also lit the lamp for the Bruins, winners in four of their last five outings.
Tim Thomas was huge in net, recording 37 saves for his second straight victory.
"It's a team game and I was grateful to be on the winning end of it and contributing to a game-winner and the insurance goal but Tim was the one who stole the show," Metropolit graciously noted. "He made some big saves, unbelievable saves and we fed off that."
Alex Radulov tallied for the Predators, who have dropped two in a row after a three-game win streak.
Chris Mason allowed all three goals on 28 shots in defeat.
Metropolit put the Bruins ahead with an impressive individual effort 5:54 into the third period, stickhandling through a pair of Nashville defenders in the offensive zone and unleashing a wrister to the far side.
He gave the home team a two-goal cushion with a little more than four minutes left in regulation, and Thomas locked up the win by making a sprawling save on Radulov in the final seconds as the swift winger had a partial breakaway up the middle.
"He was all over the place. We had some great chances but we shoot the puck right at him," said Preds forward J.P. Dumont of Thomas. "He gives a lot of rebounds and we were not there to battle for them. It was that kind of game. Maybe that little (All-Star) break was well-deserved but sometimes you come out flat and both teams came up flat. In that third period we played not to lose instead of playing like we've been playing."
Boston got on the board prior to the midway point of the contest. During a 5-on-3 advantage, Marc Savard got free at the point and dished to David Krejci at left faceoff dot. He slipped a pass between the circles to Sturm for a shot from the low slot which eluded Mason's outstretched pad.
Radulov countered for Nashville with under a minute to play in the second, as he was on the doorstep to tap in Jason Arnott's centering feed.
In the previous matchup, Nashville took a 5-0 decision in the Music City last December 30, and the clubs had not played in Boston since November 28, 2003, a 2-1 Predators win...Savard extended his point streak to eight games with the assist...Chuck Kobasew picked up his 100th NHL point with a helper...Dumont extended his point streak to a league-high 15 games with a secondary assist on Radulov's goal...Boston travels to Ottawa on Thursday, while Nashville hosts Columbus also Thursday.
01/29 22:25:41 ET