Boston Bruins

Mar 28, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo (25) watches as his shot goes over the head of Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros (74) during the first period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins struggled to solve Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros on Tuesday night, nearly coming up empty-handed in a 2-1 loss at TD Garden. The defeat marked only their 12th regulation loss of the season and the fourth at home.

David Pastrnak scored the Bruins’ lone goal, his 52nd of the season. Unfortunately, it came with 0.3 seconds left in regulation, so their fate had already been sealed.

  • The teams battled to a stalemate in the first period, with the Predators holding a slight 10-8 edge in shots on goal. And it wasn’t for lack of opportunities, as each team had three power plays.

    Boston nearly scored on a shorthanded bid between Brandon Carlo and Brad Marchand, but Nashville forward Luke Evangelista was able to stop the puck with his stick before it fully crossed the goal line. Officials reviewed the play and the no-goal call was upheld.

  • It wasn’t until 1:49 remained in the second period that Nashville finally broke the scoreless tie. It came off the stick of Cody Glass, who gathered a loose puck that hit the Bruins’ Hampus Lindholm and landed around his skates, then quickly fired it from the slot and past the Bruins’ Linus Ullmark for the goal.

  • The Bruins, meanwhile, nearly got shut out by Saros, despite out-shooting the Preds 36-23 and holding a 36-17 advantage in scoring chances, as well as 12-9 in the high-danger areas. Boston’s power play also continued to struggle mightily, as they finished 0-for-5 on the night with the man advantage.

    Boston will get back to action at home on Thursday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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