Marchand lifts Bruins to OT win over Preds

Updated: January 2, 2014

Boston, MA ( – Brad Marchand netted the game-winner 54
seconds into overtime to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-2 victory over the
Nashville Predators on Thursday at TD Garden.

Less than a minute into the extra session, Marchand picked up the puck at the
left point and stepped around a defender before throwing a low shot on net
that snuck through a screen and found the back of the cage to snap the Bruins’
two-game slide.

“I just wanted to get it on net,” Marchand said. “Luckily it went in.”

Jarome Iginla and Johnny Boychuk each lit the lamp in regulation for the
Bruins, who avoided their first three-game losing streak of the season thanks
in large part to a solid NHL debut from goaltender Niklas Svedberg.

The 24-year-old Swede stopped 33 shots to backstop the triumph.

Shea Weber recorded a goal and an assist, while Viktor Stalberg scored once
for the Predators, who had won their last two games.

Marek Mazanec allowed all three goals on 25 shots in defeat.

Stalberg broke the scoreless deadlock with 1:56 left in the second before
Boston scored back-to-back goals in the third to grab the lead.

Boychuk brought the Bruins even 4:55 into the final frame when he blasted a
one-timer from the high slot that sailed past Mazanec.

With just over 7 1/2 minutes left in regulation, David Krejci forced a
turnover in the neutral zone, allowing Milan Lucic to pick up the puck and
carry it into the Nashville zone.

From the outer edge of the left circle, Lucic feathered a pass to the front of
the net for a cutting Iginla, who got inside position on his defender and
tapped the puck in as he crashed into the net to make it 2-1 at 12:29.

However, Weber answered with a heavy slapper from the high slot off a long
rebound to tie the contest with 5:25 left in regulation.

A scoreless first frame saw Mazanec make 11 saves, while Svedberg turned aside
eight shots.

Game Notes

Boychuk’s goal was his second of the season and first in 19 games …
Nashville dropped to 15-1-3 when scoring the first goal … Nashville’s Mike
Fisher recorded two assists … Boston hasn’t dropped three straight tilts
since Games 4, 5 and 6 of last spring’s Stanley Cup Finals loss to the Chicago
Blackhawks … Boston improved to 17-4-2 at home this season … Boston’s
Dougie Hamilton returned from a 10-game absence and posted an assist.