Bruins get contributions from all four lines in 6-2 win over Predators

Jan 7, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Boston Bruins center Danton Heinen (43) and right wing Brett Ritchie (18) celebrate with teammates after a goal during the second period against the Nashville Predators. (Christopher Hanewinckel/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

The Boston Bruins put an end to their three-game slide in style on Tuesday night, as Bruce Cassidy saw his four-line attack blitz Pekka Rinne and the Nashville Predators for six goals in a 6-2 victory at Bridgestone Arena.

David Pastrnak got the party started with his 32nd goal of the season, scored four-on-four and just 1:36 into the game, on a goal that Nashville's Pekka Rinne simply has to have.

Danton Heinen ended his cold spell with a snipe midway through the second period, and though the Preds made it a one-goal game on a Filip Forsberg power-play goal, a strike from Patrice Bergeron reestablished the Black and Gold's lead at two before the end of the second period.

And in the third period, the Bruins straight-up buried the Predators with goals from Chris Wagner, David Krejci, and Charlie Coyle, while Tuukka Rask finished with 34 saves by the night's end.

For the B's, it was their first win in Nashville since Dec. 23, 2013, with five straight losses.

Bruins forward Joakim Nordstrom remained back in Boston and missed this contest due to an illness. With Nordstrom out, Lindholm moved to the middle of a line with Sean Kuraly and Wagner, while Brett Ritchie rejoined the lineup and skated on the Black and Gold's third line.

This was also Nashville's first game since firing head coach Peter Laviolette on Monday after six seasons on the job. Laviolette, a Massachusetts native, was replaced by ex-Devils coach (and Rhode Island native) John Hynes, but that did not change the Predators' fortunes out of the gate.

Up Next: The Bruins will return to Boston for a Thursday night head-to-head with the Winnipeg Jets.

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