BOSTON (AP) — Loui Eriksson and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece and Patrice Bergeron had three assists for the Boston Bruins in a 5-3 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.
David Krejci also scored for the Bruins, who held the Predators to 10 shots through the first two periods. Tuukka Rask made 22 saves for Boston.
Calle Jarnkrok and Taylor Beck each had a goal and an assist for Nashville. Beck’s goal 6:48 into the third period pulled the Predators to 4-3, but Rask didn’t let anything else by him as Boston won for the third time in four games.
After shutting down Nashville through the first two periods, the Bruins withstood a barrage from the Predators in the third.
The Predators, who won at Columbus 5-1 on Monday night, had 15 shots in the final period despite having to kill a 4-minute power play. But Nashville couldn’t rally after falling behind 4-2 on goals by Eriksson and Marchand in the second period.
Eriksson broke a 2-all tie 5:53 into the second and added an empty-netter with 38 seconds remaining after Nashville pulled goalie Carter Hutton.
Hutton made 24 saves but remained winless this season.
Bergeron assisted on Marchand’s goal 2:01 into the game and again when Marchand scored at 10:51 of the second to give Boston a 4-2 lead.
Rask had a spotty first period, allowing two goals, but hardly saw the puck in the second when the Predators managed only three shots on goal.
NOTES: Krejci’s goal in the first gave Boston power-play goals in two straight games for the first time since Nov. 6 (Edmonton) and Nov. 10 (New Jersey). … The Predators beat Boston 3-2 in a shootout last Tuesday. … Nashville’s James Neal received a double-minor for slashing and unsportsmanlike conduct 2:02 into the third, then shortly after returning picked up a 10-minute misconduct at 6:26. … G Pekka Rinne has been in net for all 22 of Nashville’s wins.
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