The Boston Bruins (41-8-5) dominated the Nashville Predators (25-21-6) in convincing fashion, winning by a final score of 5-0, Thursday. Jeremy Swayman got the start for the Bruins, while Juuse Saros minded the net for the Predators.
Boston began the game playing a fast brand of hockey. Brad Marchand netted his 17th of the season on a precise transition goal in the first period.
After that, the Predators never really had an answer. They’ve had a bumpy year, and with the Bruins being unstoppable playing from ahead, this would prove to be an uphill battle for Nashville. The Bruins blew this game wide open with a trio of scoring in the second period. Craig Smith got it started with his fourth goal of the season.
The Predators ramped up the physicality, totaling 38 team hits, but it wasn’t enough for the speed of the Bruins. Boston took a 4-0 lead into the third period, while they continued to push in transition. Nick Foligno made a great move assisting Trent Frederic who put away the fifth goal.
All things considered, the Bruins are starting to shape back into early-season form. Boston has proved itself as the best team and hockey, and Nashville has been a very inconsistent team. Swayman was brilliant with 28 saves in a shutout effort. If the Bruins can continue to get strong goaltending from him going forward, they’ll be a great shape to maintain the best record in the league.
Boston will return home to face the New York Islanders on Saturday night. The Predators face the Florida Panthers at home Saturday.
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