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Rinne, Roy propel Predators past Bruins

by Robby Stanley

NASHVILLE -- Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne stopped three shots in the shootout, and Derek Roy scored to give the Predators a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins.

The Predators (20-8-2) have not lost two games in a row this season and are 12-2-1 at home.

"We have been talking about it all year, how we are just trying to bounce back as quickly as we can," Nashville forward Filip Forsberg said. "Even though we might win a game but we do not play great, we want to come back with a better effort the next time we play. I think we played better tonight than we did in San Jose (a 2-0 loss on Saturday), so it felt good to win for sure."

Rinne is 4-1 in the shootout this season and has stopped 19 of 21 attempts. The Predators won two shootouts last season (2-9) and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs by three points. Rinne sat out most of the season recovering from hip surgery.

"It's a huge point on the line every single time, and as of late we've been pretty good in those situations," Rinne said. "Big goal by [Roy] right off the bat, first shooter. He didn't play a lot during the 65 minutes, and then he steps on the ice in a high-pressure situation and scores a huge goal. They have some good shooters, and I was able to read them and pull that out. Big two points."

Boston (15-13-3) took a 1-0 lead at 4:04 of the second period when Milan Lucic shot off a rebound past Rinne for his sixth goal of the season. Lucic got multiple shots toward the net before he was able to place a shot just below the crossbar.

"I think we played a decent game tonight against a team that has been pretty good," Bruins coach Claude Julien said. "It's pretty obvious that their goaltender has been standing tall for these guys. We had some real great opportunities that I think against most goalies would have probably gone in. He's been their best player so far this year is what I've been told, and it showed tonight."

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette called timeout with 14:00 remaining in the second period after the Predators had been outshot 8-0 in the period. It seemed to give Nashville some life.

"Great job by [Laviolette] knowing when to call the timeout," Predators forward Colin Wilson said. "I think we needed a little kick in the bottom, and we responded really well. I think when [he] gets on us, our team has respected that and always come out with a chip on their shoulder."

The Predators tied the game 1-1 with 29.2 seconds remaining on a power-play goal by Mike Fisher. He redirected a shot from the point by defenseman Shea Weber past Boston goaltender Tuukka Rask.

"It's been a little while since I've been [in front of the net] and played there, so it was just a matter of time," Fisher said. "I think everyone is getting a little more comfortable on our units, and we've got to keep shooting. Our guys did a good job of getting pucks through, and we've got to get hungry and get some more."

It was the first power-play goal for the Predators at home since the first goal of the season, Oct. 9 against the Ottawa Senators. The Predators were 1-for-46 at home before the goal.

Mike Ribeiro gave the Predators a 2-1 lead at 1:31 of the third period. James Neal tipped the puck to Ribeiro from behind the net, and Ribeiro put a point-blank slap shot past Rask.

Boston forward Reilly Smith tied the game 2-2 at 3:28 of the third period on an odd-man rush. Smith made a backhand-to-forehand move and slid the puck past Rinne's pad.

"You look at the opportunities we had and the game we had, I don't think there is anything to be disappointed about," Julien said. "Right now we're just talking about a little fraction here and a little fraction there that's going to make a difference in wining that point or losing that point. We're getting close to it, and hopefully we can continue those kinds of games tomorrow and the rest of this road trip."

It was the 1,171st win as an NHL general manager for Nashville's David Poile, passing Harry Sinden for second all-time to Glen Sather (1,279).

"I want to take a quick moment to congratulate David Poile on his win tonight, which puts him at No. 2 in wins for general managers," Laviolette said. "It's such an impressive feat. I know that the coaches and players and staff, not only here present, but in the past, certainly appreciate all he does for our organization. He's showing an incredible way to deal with people, put together good teams and find success, and that's not easy to do year after year."

Boston plays at the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday; Nashville plays at Minnesota on Saturday.

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