Tonight, the Bruins lost a tough one , 2-1 in Nashville. Juuse Saros, the Predators rookie goaltender was the star of the night. He had a brilliant game, stopping 35 out of 36 shots on goal. Boston dominated in shots on goal and shots in general. They had many opportunities, but they ran into a hot goaltender and couldn’t seem to do anything to pull out a win.
Not a great period for both teams. Tuukka Rask got hurt in the first period tonight, after taking a hard shot to the neck/collarbone area, from the Predators defenseman, Roman Josi. He was pulled, and Zane McIntyre entered the game. McIntyre performed well after even after a tough start to his NHL career. Later in the first period, Anton Blidh had a rough interference call on Roman Josi where he hit him up high and received a five-minute major for it. The hit knocked Josi out for the rest of the game. (The play will be reviewed by the league). Saros and both Bruins goalies played well early, and the Bruins out shot the Predators 10-6. The first period ended 0-0 with the major penalty carrying over so the Predators started the second period on the power play.
Nashville got on the board first with a goal from Austin Watson at the 1:02 mark in the second period, the goal came unassisted at full strength. He picked up the puck in front of the net and put it passed McIntyre to put the Predators up 1-0. Watson has been playing extremely well for Nashville as of late with 3 goals in their last 3 games. After Watson put the Predators ahead, Torey Krug tied the game, 7 minutes later with a slap shot from the point, on the power play at 8:08 in the second period. After a slow start to the season, Krug has scored in the last two games, which is something the Bruins and Bruin’s fans have been waiting for this season. At the 17:36 mark in this period Filip Forsberg received a long pass, showed an incredible skill by holding off Brandon Carlo and beat Zane McIntyre through the five hole to put the Predators back up on the Bruins 2-1. The Bruins dominated in shots again this period 13-9 but couldn’t get anything more past Saros.
The third period started out quickly and the Bruins got shots off early and often in this period. However like in the first two periods, Saros wasn’t letting anything past him. The Bruins missed multiple opportunities while on the power play early in this period. When Boston pulled McIntyre, they held the puck in Nashville territory for a long time but the defense along with Saros,who was a brick wall tonight, the game ended without any additional goals. Boston, again, dominated offensively and outshot the Predators 13-4 in this period and 36-19 overall.
This was a tough game for the Bruins to lose due to the fact that they out shot Nashville by 17, played pretty well defensively and McIntyre redeemed himself after his first start. They ran into a brick wall in-goal and there was nothing they were able to do. Hats off to the Nashville team and how well they played. Boston goes back home from the road trip winning 2 of 4. Their record now stands at 22-18-5 with 49 points.
Boston hopes to redeem themselves during this upcoming home stand. Starting on Saturday against Philadelphia @ 1pm EST.