February 11, 2012

Gameday Blog: Bruins vs. Predators

SECOND INTERMISSION

SCORE
NSH - 1
BOS - 1

SHOTS
NSH - 13
BOS - 26

Two periods down here in Boston where the Bruins and Predators are knotted up at one goal apiece.

Boston got off to another tremendous start in the second, outshooting Nashville 7-0 out of the gate.

The Preds' first shot of the period found the back of the net, as a bomb by Shea Weber beat Tim Thomas glove-side to make it 1-1.

Nashville's second shot of the period (and Thomas' first save of the frame) didn't come until less than five minutes remained.

The Predators owe a helluva lot of credit to Pekka Rinne, who is the sole reason they're still in this game. The likely Vezina candidate has been superb between the pipes for the visiting squad.

Through 40 minutes, Nashville holds a 13-7 edge in hits.

FIRST INTERMISSION

SCORE
NSH - 0
BOS - 1

SHOTS
NSH - 6
BOS - 16

Twenty minutes are in the books here at TD Garden where the Bruins will take a 1-0 lead into the second period over the Predators.

Patrcie Bergeron scored the lone goal of the frame, but nearly all of the credit should go to Brad Marchand. 

The B's were shorthanded after the second too-many-men call of the game (the first went to Nashville). Marchand outworked two defenders near Nashville's blue line and slipped through. He regained the puck along the near wall, shook off highly-touted defenseman Ryan Suter and fed Bergeron for a blast just inside the top of the circle.

Tim Thomas was rarely called upon down the other end of the ice, as he needed to stop just half-a-dozen shots. He did, however, make a few nice back-to-back, blocker saves in one sequence -- including on the aforementioned Suter.

Boston dominated at the dot in the opening frame, winning 14-of-21 (67%) faceoffs taken.