NHL Game Summary - Boston at Nashville
(Tuesday, March 9th)
Final Score: Boston 3, Nashville 2
Nashville, TN (Sports Network) - Joe Thornton scored with 1:52 left in the third period to snap a tie and give Boston a 3-2 win over Nashville at Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Thornton finished with two goals and an assist for the Bruins, who improved to 3-1-1 in their last five games. Mike Knuble added a goal and an assist, and Andrew Raycroft made 11 of his 24 saves in the third period.
Greg Johnson and Steve Sullivan both scored on special teams for the Predators, who suffered their second straight loss and fell to 1-3-1 in their last five. Tomas Vokoun stopped 27 shots.
Sullivan's power-play tally with 2:34 left in the third period forged a 2-2 tie for Nashville. Stationed at the right point, Marek Zidlicky slid a pass toward the slot, where Sullivan slapped it past Raycroft for his 23rd goal.
"[Nashville] scored one late," Thornton said. "But we have so much confidence."
But Thornton responded 42 seconds later to snap the tie. He carried puck around from behind net the and slung low a wrist shot from between the circles through a screened Vokoun.
"[Losing like that] is tough to take," Sullivan said. "That's where we have to bear down."
Thornton put Boston ahead 1-0 at 3:58 of the first period. He converted a wrist shot from between the circles for his 20th goal.
With less than six minutes left in the first, Raycroft stopped a shot on a breakaway by Sullivan.
Johnson's shorthanded goal early in the second period forged a 1-1 tie for Nashville, which failed to convert on three power plays in the initial 20 minutes. Mark Eaton posted an assist on the score just 20 seconds into the second.
Midway through the period, Thornton's one-timer from the right circle hit the post.
But no one scored again until the middle of the third period. Positioned in the slot, Knuble converted a rebound off a shot from the left point at 9:12 to put the Bruins ahead 2-1.
Dan McGillis had two assists for the Bruins, who snapped a two-game losing streak in the series...Sullivan has eight goals and 10 assists in 11 games since being obtained in a trade from the Chicago Blackhawks...Thornton registered his 17th multi-point game of the season...Vokoun stopped 13 shots in the third period for the Predators, who finished 1-for-6 on the power play.
03/10 00:16:30 ET