For the second straight game, the Nashville Predators were down 3-0 at the end of the first period. Saturday night against the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville (16-17-4) was capable of tying the game and forcing it into overtime, where they lost 4-3. The Predators couldn't replicate that Monday night against the Boston Bruins in a 6-2 loss.
A very slow start out of the gate for Nashville turned the team into panic mode. At 10:47 in the first period, Boston (25-10-2) found themselves up three goals to none with tallies from Jarome Iginla, Matt Fraser and Reilly Smith. After two weak goals from Iginla and Fraser, Carter Hutton saw his night end at 5:59 in the first.
Hutton allowed two goals on four shots. Marek Mazanec entered the game, but didn't do much better, stopping twenty-five of twenty-nine.
Craig Smith attempted to rally the Predators for another potential comeback with two goals at 11:35 in the second period on the power play and at 3:25 into the third period. Both of Smith's goals were of result of being in the slot area, but would be Nashville's only to get past Tuukka Rask.
Rask made thirty-two saves in the road victory. His best save of the night was a breakaway attempt by Patric Hornqvist at 8:25 into the second to sustain the 3-0 lead.
Mazanec's five-hole was abused big time following a dangerous cross-checking penalty on Paul Gaustad, which gave the Bruins a five-on-three for 1:37. Iginla scored his second of the night, while Carl Soderberg lit the lamp on the one man advantage.
Brad Marchand put the icing on the cake, scoring on a two-on-one with 4:06 remaining in the match to notch the 6-2 win.
Nashville is winless in their last four games.
– The second goal Carter Hutton allowed made me wondering what the hell he was thinking? After a dump in to the right of the net, Hutton unknowingly tapped the puck towards the slot with Matt Fraser breaking in. Fraser made no mistake and scored, leaving Trotz no other decision than to pull Hutton for the rest of the night. Terrible thinking on the rookie's part and he has no one to blame, but himself.
– Speaking of stupid decisions, what was Paul Gaustad thinking when he cross-checked a Bruin defenseman in the back, near the boards, while already on the penalty kill? His penalty that came just a little over a minute after Craig Smith cut the deficit to one. All the momentum was shot and the Bruins capped off the victory.
– It was clear who the better team was. Boston was well coached, more disciplined and superiorly skilled than the Predators. They came ready to perform at Bridgestone Arena.
– Victor Bartley came out of the lineup for Mattias Ekholm. You have to now wonder if Trotz plans on re-inserting Bartley into the defense for the next match. However, Ekholm wasn't on the ice when Boston scored. So that leads me to believe that either Ryan Ellis or Seth Jones, both with -2 ratings, could be scratches.
BOS 1-0 | Jarome Iginla – Chara and Lucic at 1:16 in the 1st
BOS 2-0 | Matt Fraser – Soderberg and Spooner at 5:59 in the 1st
BOS 3-0 | PP Reilly Smith – Soderberg (2) and Spooner (2) at 10:47 in the 1st
NSH 3-1 | PP Craig Smith – Jones and Ellis at 11:35 in the 2nd
NSH 3-2 | Craig Smith (2) – Spaling and Weber at 3:25 in the 3rd
BOS 4-2 | PP Jarome Iginla (2) – Krejci and Krug at 5:01 in the 3rd
BOS 5-2 | PP Carl Soderberg – Spooner (3) and Smith at 5:50 in the 3rd
BOS 6-2 | Brad Marchand – Smith (2) at 15:54 in the 3rd
NSH: Carter Hutton – 2 saves on 4 shots; played 5:59
Marek Mazanec (L) – 25 saves on 29 shots; played 53:40
BOS: Tuukka Rask (W) – 32 saves on 34 shots; played 59:57
My Three Stars
1. Jarome Iginla – 2 Goals
2. Carl Soderberg – Goal and 2 Assists
3. Tuukka Rask – 32 saves
Line Up Report
Predators scratches: Clune and Bartley
Predators starters: Spaling, Legwand, Smith, Klein, Ekholm and Hutton
Bruins scratches: Paille, Thornton and Bartkowski
Bruins starters: Marchand, Bergeron, Smith, Seidenberg, Boychuk and Rask