Steven Kampfer was whistled for a ill-timed holding call in overtime, which set-up Shea Weber's game-winning goal as the Nashville Predators downed the Bruins 4-3 in overtime at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Thursday night.
Tyler Seguin gave the B's a 1-0 lead just 1:52 into the game when he beat Pekka Rinne up high on the glove side from the left inside hash mark. Tomas Kaberle and Rich Peverley picked up the assists on the kid's 11th goal of the season.
Sergei Kostitsyn jumped on a rebound in the slot during a scramble for the loose puck in front of Tuukka Rask and deposited the puck in the back of the net for his 17th goal and the equalizer for Nashville.
With 2:30 left in the opening period, Patric Hornqvist hit Tyler Seguin with a elbow to the head. Seguin was bleeding from the ear and went to the dressing room to be evaluated by the Bruins training staff. Hornqvist was given a 5-minute major for elbowing and game misconduct for the head shot, which prompted a "Ref, you suck!" chant from some of the rubes in attendance at Bridestone Arena. Seguin received 7 stitches to repair a gash on his ear and was able to return to the ice for the start of the second period.
Former Boston University standout Colin Wilson put the Predators up 2-1 at 10:59 of the second period on a wrister from the top of the left circle.
The Nashville lead did not last long though, as David Krejci hammered home a rebound to tie the game up 2:34 after Wilson's strike. Krejci, Nathan Horton, and Milan Lucic broke in on an odd man rush. Lucic moved the puck to Horton,who fired a shot in stride from the right circle. Krejci drove hard to the net in anticipation of a rebound. The puck came right out to Krejci in the slot and he one-timed the loose puck home to rack up a dozen goals on the season.
Patrice Bergeron made it 3-2 at 1:42 of the third period on his 22nd tally of the season. Ryder chipped the puck up the ice to Mark Recchi, who carried the puck along the right wing wall in the offensive zone. Under pressure, Recchi juggled the puck before sending a backhand pass to Bergeron, who was skating on to the puck between the circles. Bergeron gathered the puck and uncorked a quick wrister to give the B's a one-goal edge with just over 18 minutes to play.
The Predators tied it up again with 9:04 left in regulation. The Bruins got caught in a line change and Tuukka Rask stoned Martin Erat's breakawy bid with a right pad kick-out. Sergei Kostitsyn got the rebound at the left post, but Rask stopped his shot with the left pad. The second rebound found its way to David Legwand at the top of the crease. Legwand smacked the puck into the net, while Rask was trying to get back into position after the first two stops and Steve Kampfer was falling to the ice in the crease after trying to block Kostitsyn's shot. Rask, who was clearly frustrated by the timing of the change and lack of support from the players in front of him on that goal, threw his stick high in the air.
With the game tied after 60 minutes, the Bruins and Predators went to overtime. At 2:59 of OT, Steven Kampfer was whistled for holding when he wrapped by Mike Fisher like an outside linebacker catching a running back turning the corner. On the ensuing power play, the Predators moved the puck to Shea Weber in the high slot, who unleashed a bomb of a one-timer that beat Tuukka Rask on the glove side for the game-winner.
- The Bruins are 3-10 when the game goes to overtime or a shootout this season.
- Even though the Bruins got a pity point tonight, this is one of the most frustrating losses of the season. They were in a great position to win this game and a few costly mistakes were the difference.
- It was St. Pekka Day in Nashville. The Predators goalie stood on his head at times tonight making 35 saves in the loss including a robbery of Michael Ryder on a breakway.
- My guess is that Patric Hornqvist will get a 2 game suspension just like Marchand did for his hit.
- The Predators wore St. Patrick's Day themed jerseys during warm-ups that had an "O' " or a "Mc" before each player's last name on the back of the jersey. I wonder how many casual fans were wondering where that Shane Brien dude went once the game started? So, was this a jersey foul? This half-blooded Irishman and hockey fashion critic says "yes".
- It was not a good night for Steven Kampfer. First, he got caught out of position and off-balance in the crease on the game tying goal. Then, he took a really lazy penalty in overtime that set up the game-winner for Nashville.
- Michael Ryder looked re-energized after a night in on the media level as a health scratch. Ryder registered a team-high 7 shots (Shea Weber had a game-high 8 shots).
- The Bruins will travel to Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
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