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
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 scored his first goal of the season at the 5:59 mark of
the first period. Spooner added three assists, two on power play
”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
”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
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.