BOSTON (AP) — The Nashville Predators will look again on this highway journey because the turning level if the remainder of their season will get rolling.
Ryan Ellis scored with 54.2 seconds left on the clock in time beyond regulation to raise the Predators to a 4-Three win over the stumbling Boston Bruins on Saturday evening.
“The guys were working hard trying to get back to where we need to be,’’ Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. “The road trip was a big part of it.”
Roman Josi had two targets, Filip Forsberg additionally scored and Pekka Rinne stopped 29 pictures to assist Nashville end a four-game journey at 3-0-1.
“It is crucial for us,” Rinne mentioned of the journey that included wins in New York towards the Rangers and Islanders, and an time beyond regulation loss to Ottawa.
“Before this road trip, we weren’t where we wanted to be,” Rinne mentioned. “This is a huge road trip against good teams.”
Patrice Bergeron scored twice and Par Lindholm had the opposite purpose for the Bruins, who’ve gained simply as soon as in their final eight games (1-5-2). Jaroslav Halak completed with 25 saves.
Boston had gained eight straight from mid-November to early December.
“It’s frustrating losing. We want to win. We were in the games, it’s just one goal,” Boston ahead David Pastrnak mentioned. “That’s hockey. Sometimes you win games you weren’t (supposed) to win. That happened to us a little in November.”
Boston had been 10-3-1 lifetime at residence towards Nashville.
Ellis beat Halak with a wrister from the sting of the slot for the winner after getting a move from Ryan Johansen.
Bergeron had tied it when he tipped Pastrnak’s shot from the left circle previous Rinne with 65 seconds left in the third interval. Bergeron almost gained it when he had an in depth flip shot from the sting of the crease with about 30 seconds left in regulation.
Trailing 2-1 in the third, the Predators tied it when – with Rinne off for an additional skater throughout a delayed penalty – Forsberg got here across the web and tucked the puck into the purpose inside Halak’s proper pad and the publish at 7:35.
Josi’s second of the sport got here 35 seconds later when Halak got here charging manner out earlier than diving to attempt to poke a unfastened puck away, however the Predators’ captain received to it close to the boards, turned and fired a shot into the wide-open web.
“I was first to the puck,” Halak mentioned. “It was just one of those plays it bounced the other way and he was able to put it in. It happens to everyone. Too bad there’s no one (behind) when the goalie makes a mistake that can cover him.”
With Forsberg off for roughing late in the second interval, Torey Krug made a backhand move from alongside the boards to Bergeron in the slot, the place he one-timed a shot contained in the left publish to present Boston a 2-1 lead with 47.7 seconds left in the interval.
Early in the second, Halak made a pleasant pad cease on Matt Duchene’s wrister from the slot earlier than Lindholm made it 1-Zero at 7:30 when he skated arduous to get his stick on the rebound of Brett Ritchie’s shot from the proper circle. The puck ended up trickling into the online off Predators defenseman Kyle Turris’ knee as he went to the ice with Lindholm.
Nashville tied it rather less than 5 minutes later when Josi slipped a backhander from the slot previous Halak, who regarded like he might have been screened when Predators ahead Viktor Arvidsson minimize in entrance of him as Josi was firing his shot.
Stumbling via their hardest stretch of the season, Boston coach Bruce Cassidy has been preaching these days the staff’s must get again to its identification. They failed to shut out one other tight sport at residence, falling to 0-1-4 in their final 5 at TD Garden.
NOTES: Cassidy sat two-thirds of his fourth line for the sport, changing David Backes and Joakim Nordstrom in the lineup with Ritchie and Lindholm. “Sometimes it’s a way to get certain players attention,” Cassidy mentioned after the morning skate. “This is a little bit of that. I’m not putting it all on David Backes or Nordie. Let’s see where it leads us.” … Defensemen Josi (33 factors) and Ryan Ellis (28) are the Predators’ high two scorers. … Boston D Charlie McAvoy turned 22-years-old Saturday. … Backes and Nordstrom have been each dressed in festive Christmas fits sitting in the press field. … The groups meet once more in Nashville on Jan. 7.
Predators: Host Arizona on Monday evening.
Bruins: Host Washington on Monday evening.