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Bruins 4, Predators 3 (shootout): Predators steal a point in Boston

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The Nashville Predators fell to the Boston Bruins 4-3 in a shootout in a game that should never have gotten that far.

Nashville was dominated by the physical Bruins from start to finish, but somehow managed to stay in it until eventually losing in a shootout.

It was Nashville's third loss in a row, and its fourth loss in six tries since the all-star break.

Video highlights and post-game reaction after the jump:

Your random observations:

  • The scratches for today were a little strange. We knew McGrattan wouldn't be making the trip with the team, and it was probably a good idea to give undersized Ryan Ellis the afternoon off against the rough and tough Bruins. But isn't Matt Halischuk exactly the type of hard-working, gritty guy you want to see against a team like Boston?
  • The Bruins pretty much dominated that first period. Boston outshot Nashville 16-6, and Pekka Rinne was really the reason it wasn't worse than 1-0.
  • The good? Nashville was able to tie it up on the powerplay 7:32 into the second period. The bad? It was on the Preds' first shot on goal of the period.
  • ....and they only ended up with six more shots in the period. At the end of two, Rinne was, again, the only thing keeping them in the game.
  • Once again, the Bruins came out jumping, and this time they capitalized. Klein looked completely lost and Daniel Paille put Boston up 2-1.
  • Our friends at Winging It In Motown said on twitter at the time: "Bruins taking it to the Preds so far in the third period, but if they don't extend their lead, they could find trouble." I guess the other Central Division teams just know Nashville too well, because the Predators tied it up just minutes later.
  • What a move by Sergei Kostitsyn to maneuver his way in and send a nice feed in front for Hornqvist who jammed home the tying goal. Again, it was Nashville's first shot on goal of the period.
  • And if the game couldn't get any more unbelievable, Mike Fisher put the Predators on top in a game they didn't deserve to be in, yet again.
  • ....but the Bruins would tie it up about a minute and a half later on the powerplay after a questionable tripping call on Kostitsyn. At that point, though, Nashville should have been happy to just get a point after being outshot 38-19 in the first 60 minutes.
  • That sequence at the end of regulation was pretty hectic as well. The Bruins almost got the go-ahead goal as time expired, but it looked like Weber actually got his glove on the puck and saved the game.
  • Pekka Rinne's magic ran out in the shootout however, and the Bruins, deservedly, got the win.
  • It doesn't get any easier for the Predators either, as they'll host Chicago on Tuesday and go to Detroit on Thursday.

Box Score - Game Summary - Event Summary - Corsi Numbers - Shots On Goal Chart