BOSTON – Nashville Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson scored the game-winning goal with 4:56 remaining and Roman Josi scored twice in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden on Monday.
The Predators (14-8-5) won for the second time in six games (2-2-2) and first time in six games here.
"We thought we played some really good games lately and kind of found a way to lose it," Josi said. "And tonight, we found a way to win that game and I thought our discipline was way better in the second half of that game. We didn't take any penalties any more. And their power play's dangerous. That's kind of how we lost the game in Detroit, giving them too many opportunities on the power play. And we stayed disciplined tonight. So it was a good win for us."
Predators goaltender Carter Hutton made 15 saves against Boston's season-low total of 17 shots and won for the third time in four starts. Nashville had 30 shots on net.
"You just kind of stay with it, stay focused and it just goes on top of the fact of not playing that often. Just keeping your mind in it because it might be that one key save," Hutton said. "I can only control the game that they throw at me. Tonight we were able to get one and hang on for the win."
Arvidsson won a battle at the Boston blue line to gain control of Cody Hodgson's long pass. Arvidsson then cut to the middle and drew Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson out of the goal before sending a shot past him.
The Bruins (14-9-3) failed to earn a point for the first time in nine games (6-1-2). They might've been tired after returning home Sunday from playing three games in four nights in Western Canada, but coach Claude Julien blamed the Bruins' 26 penalty minutes more for the loss.
"I think to overcome that stuff, you've got to be smarter, and I think we took a lot of penalties that just kind of gave them momentum, and then over-taxed a lot of our players," Julien said. "So I think we needed to be smarter in that area."
Defenseman Kevan Miller gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead at 4:13. Miller took a handoff from David Krejci in the right circle and took a shot which went off of Nashville forward Colton Sissons and past Hutton.
The Predators tied it 1-1 during a 4-on-3 power play late in the first period. Josi found the room to beat Gustavsson high to the stick side with a wrist shot from near the left hash mark at 19:35 for his sixth goal.
Boston and Nashville each scored a power-play goal within a 27-second span in the second period. Loui Eriksson gave the Bruins a 2-1 lead when he deflected Ryan Spooner's pass into the net at 10:53. Patrice Bergeron had the second assist on the goal for his 575 career point, tying him with Milt Schmidt for 11th on Boston's all-time scoring list.
"Obviously Milt is someone that I respect a lot. He's a legend with the Bruins and a true gentleman," Bergeron said. "It means a lot to me to, I guess, have done something – I've [tied] him with points, I guess. But [the] bottom line is I don't really pay much attention to that."
Josi tied it with his second goal of the game and seventh of the season at 11:20. After he intercepted Zdeno Chara's clearing attempt, Josi skated down the right wall and cut to the net before he beat Gustavsson to tie it 2-2.
"I had a lot of space. I mean I think their 'D' tried to clear and he was kind of out position so I just saw like an empty lane to the net," Josi said. "I decided pretty quick I'm going to take it to the net and hopefully something good happens."
The Predators outshot the Bruins 12-4 in the second period and held a 24-11 edge through two periods. Boston didn't have a shot on goal during the final 9:07 of the second period. The Bruins' shot drought lasted 17:06 until Bergeron's shot on goal at 8:09 of the third period.
Gustavsson made 30 saves.
The Predators visit the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. The Bruins visit the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.