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Bruins Lose In Extra Time Again, 4-3 In Overtime To Predators

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The Boston Bruins are now winless in eight of their last nine games after a 4-3 overtime loss to the Nashville Predators Saturday night at TD Garden. Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis scored the overtime winner with 55 seconds left in the extra frame to send the Bruins to their third straight extra-time loss and fellow blueliner and Preds captain Roman Josi scored two goals.

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron had two goals for – including the game-tying goal with 1:55 left in regulation – and forward Par Lindholm also lit the lamp for Boston. Torey Krug had two helpers for the B’s and Filip Forsberg scored the Predators’ other goal.

The Predators erased 1-0 and 2-1 Bruins’ leads as center Ryan Johansen had three helpers including one on the overtime winner as the Bruins once again failed to build off leads.

Jaro Halak made 25 saves in the loss and Predators goalie Pekka Rinne made 29 saves.

The Bruins controlled the first 17 minutes of the opening frame outshooting the Predators 11-3 in the first 12 minutes but then saw the tide change thanks to questionable David Krejci tripping call at 15:10. While the Bruins killed that Predators powerplay off, they wouldn’t get a shot on net for the remainder of the period while the Preds ripped off five more on Halak.

The Preds seemingly fed off the momentum from the end of the first, killing off a Dan Hamhuis tripping call at 4:23 of the middle frame, but the Bruins ended up getting one of those greasy, hard-working goals they’ve been needing more of lately. Brett Ritchie and Par Lindholm – who were inserted into the lineup by Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, looking for more “energy” – combined for a 1-0 Bruins lead at 7:30 of the second period with the puck going off Lindholm and past Rinne.

With Matt Grzelcyk off for slashing at 10:19 of the period, Halak came up with some huge saves on the penalty kill and then Predators forward Craig Smith went to the sin-bin for tripping at 11:27 and the tide seemed to be turning for the Bruins. Josi had other ideas though as be buried home a Johansen feed past Halak at 12:14 to tie the game while it was still four-on-four. The Bruins failed to score on the remaining powerplay time.

The Predators couldn’t build off that momentum shift though and with 2:04 left in the period, Forsberg went off for roughing giving the Bruins third powerplay of the game. This time the Bruins connected on the man advantage as Bergeron scored his first of the game with 48 ticks left in the period to make it 2-1 Bruins. Krug had the only helper on the goal and it was a beauty on the backhander.

 

After both teams traded chances to start the final frame, Forsberg got his 13th of the season 7:35 into the final frame to tie the game at two on a delayed penalty. Johansen notched his second helper of the game and Ekholm had his first assist on the secondary. Just 35 ticks later Josi had his second on the Halak blunder and the Bruins and their fans were dumbfounded.

The Bruins goalie recovered though with some timely saves, one a beauty on Forsberg with 6:37 left in the game and the B’s kept the Preds’ lead to one goal. Bergeron’s second goal came with the Bruins top center down low and dirty and he tipped a beautiful David Pastrnak feed past Rinne to send the game to overtime.

After a back and forth extra session, Ellis took Johansen’s most brilliant feed of the game and buried it by Halak for the winner and the Bruins’ third straight loss in extra time.

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With 20 years of experience (SiriusXM NHL Network Radio, ESPNBoston, NESN, NHL.com, etc.) covering the Bruins, the NHL, NCAA and junior hockey and more, Jimmy Murphy’s hockey black book is full of Hall of Famers, current players, coaches, management, scouts and a wide array of hockey media personalities that have lived in and around this great game. For 17 of his 20 years as a hockey and sports reporter, Murph covered the Bruins on essentially a daily basis covering their victorious 2011 Stanley Cup run and their 2013 run to the Final as well. Murphy has hosted national and local radio shows and podcasts and also has experience in TV as well.

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