Soderberg, Iginla lead Bruin over Predators 6-2

The Boston Bruins have dealt with their share of injuries this

season. Still, they always seem to find a way to win.

On Monday night, Matt Fraser and Ryan Spooner, two players with

17 NHL games between them this season, and a potent power play led

the Bruins to a 6-2 victory over the Nashville Predators that gave

Boston coach Claude Julien his 400th career win.

”That is something I will look back on after I retire,” Julien

said. ”I prefer to look at how we are going to do the rest of this

season.”

Tuukka Rask, who stopped 32 shots for the victory, was unaware

of the milestone.

”That is great,” Rask said. ”Nashville had a lot of chances,

especially in the third period. This was a great way for us to go

into the break.”

Reilly Smith scored a power play goal at 10:47 of the first

period, one of three for the Bruins.

”There is depth in this organization,” Smith said. ”A lot of

teams may have looked past us in the last few games because we have

so many guys who aren’t regulars on the roster like Spooner and

Fraser.”

Fraser scored his first goal of the season at the 5:59 mark of

the first period. Spooner added three assists, two on power play

goals.

”You know, the first couple of games, you get nervous out

there,” Spooner said. ”But now that I’ve been playing a solid

two-way game I’ve just been trying to focus on using my speed to

create some chances.”

The Bruins opened a 3-0 first period lead. But they were mindful

that in Nashville’s previous outing with Montreal Saturday night

for force overtime.

At the 3:25 mark of the third period when Nashville’s Craig

Smith scored his second goal of the game to trim the lead to 3-2 it

was time for Boston to find a way to retaliate.

The answer was the power play which produced two goals in the

span of 49 seconds. Jarome Iginla scored first at 5:01, his second

goal of the game. At 5:50 Carl Soderberg, who also had a pair of

assists, found the net to give the Bruins a 5-2 edge.

Brad Marchand closed out the scoring with 4:06 left to play.

Reilly Smith, who assisted on Soderberg’s goal also had the assist

on Marchand’s goal.

The Predators outshot the Bruins 34-33. Nashville coach Barry

Trotz was frustrated with the play of his goaltenders, pulling

starter Carter Hutton at 5:59 of the first period after he gave up

his second goal in four shots. Marek Macanec closed out the game

and faced 25 shots.

”Once I saw the second goal I had seen enough,” Trotz

said.

”Right now they are going through a little bit of a dry

spell,” he said. ”It’s like getting hit with stun gun. But the

goalies we have are trying their best, plain and simple.”

Despite the late rally by the Predators, the Bruins never felt

they were losing momentum.

”I thought we played well pretty much the entire game,” Reilly

Smith said. ”They had that power play goal and they created a lot

of good chances from what they had, but I thought we dominated the

game for the most part.

”The power play was really clicking because when they jumped

back in we were able to shut the door,” he said. ”Carl did a

great job of putting it in the back of the net when he got the

opportunity.”

NOTES: This was the second game in a row that the Predators had

been outscored by three goals in the first period. . This was the

first meeting between the Predators and Bruins since March 17,

2011. . The Predators have scored eight power play goals in six

consecutive games. . Spooner had a season high three assists. .

Soderberg recorded two assists for the third time this season and

has six points in his last eight games.