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Juuse Saros, Predators edge Bruins

Nashville goalie makes 35 saves, Filip Forsberg scores game-winning goal against Boston

by Robby Stanley / NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- Juuse Saros made 35 saves, and Filip Forsberg and Austin Watson scored when the Nashville Predators defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 at Bridgestone Arena on Thursday.                       

Forsberg gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 17:36 of the second period on a wrist shot from the slot. He got behind Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo, kicked the puck to his forehand and beat Bruins goaltender Zane McIntyre for his 10th goal.

 

WATCH: All Bruins vs. Predators highlights

 

"I had a flip from [Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis] and just tried to beat the guy," Forsberg said. "Obviously both guys were pretty tired from a long shift. [I was] just able to outmuscle him and slide it through the five-hole. It was a nice feeling."

McIntrye replaced Tuukka Rask, who left the game in the first period after taking a shot from Predators defenseman Roman Josi near the neck.

"[Rask] got the shot there in the throat area, and he's being evaluated," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "He wasn't well enough to come back, and we'll see moving forward how he does."

Watson gave the Predators (19-16-7) a 1-0 lead at 1:02 of the second period on a shot from the slot. Forward Colton Sissons forced a turnover from Bruins defenseman Torey Krug, and Watson beat McIntyre for his fourth goal of the season and third in the past three games.

Video: BOS@NSH: Krug rings power-play goal off the post

"Going down to the wire like that, it shows our character," Watson said. "It shows our will to win and our want to get out of this funk that we're kind of in with the win, loss back and forth kind of thing. We want to come out of that, and we're working for it right now."

Krug tied the game at 1-1 at 8:08 of the second period on the power play. Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson attempted to clear the puck, but Krug stopped it and beat Saros with a slap shot for his fourth goal.

"It would feel a lot better if we'd win," Krug said. "I've been playing the same way. Whether it's myself with the puck going in directly myself or my teammates tipping it in like they have so far this season, I'm going to approach the game the same way. It's nice to help the team."

Josi left the game with an upper-body injury in the first period. He was hit by Bruins forward Anton Blidh in the corner. Blidh received a major for interference.

Predators forward Derek Grant left the game after a fight with Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.

McIntyre made 14 saves for the Bruins (22-18-5).

 

Goal of the game

Forsberg's goal came as a result of a fluid motion from kicking the puck to his stick and releasing the shot quickly. He got past Carlo and beat McIntyre with a quick wrist shot.

Video: BOS@NSH: Forsberg battles to blister home puck 

 

Save of the game

Saros made a save on Ryan Spooner on a one-timer in third period from below the right faceoff circle. Spooner received a cross-ice pass and had a prime scoring opportunity, but Saros got his pad on the puck to protect the 2-1 lead.

Video: BOS@NSH: Saros turns away a quick snap shot

 

Unsung performance of the game

Ellis chipped the puck out of the defensive zone into the offensive zone on the play that led to Forsberg's goal. Forsberg then won the battle for the puck.

 

Highlight of the game

Watson's goal came as a result of a good forecheck from Sissons. He cut across the slot and chased Krug off of the puck. Watson retrieved the puck and was alone in the slot to score.

Video: BOS@NSH: Watson opens the scoring in the 2nd

 

They said it

"At this point of the season, we're kind of sick of moral victories, and we want to get results. I think it's one that we definitely should've had." -- Bruins defenseman Torey Krug

 

"He's been doing everything right. His physicality, his defensive play, his offensive play, he's been a real force for our team." -- Predators coach Peter Laviolette on forward Austin Watson

 

Need to know

Bruins forward David Krejci is one point from 500 for his NHL career. … Predators defenseman P.K. Subban skated with his teammates for the first time since Dec. 15. Subban has missed 13 games with an upper-body injury.

 

What's next

Bruins: Host the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, CSN-PH, NESN, NHL.TV)

Predators: At the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday (3 p.m. ET; FS-TN, ALT, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Saros comes up big in 2-1 win against Bruins

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